Will the Kansas Legal Environment take a big hit?

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jared6180
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Will the Kansas Legal Environment take a big hit?

Postby jared6180 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:58 pm

It was announced yesterday that Boeing would be pulling out of Wichita, Kansas by the end of 2013. My thought is that the legal environment just got significantly more competitive literally overnight. Wichita is perhaps the biggest legal market in Kansas with the exception of Kansas City, Kansas which gets blurred together with Kansas City, Missouri. Now all the Aviation market attorneys will be flooding into the KC market and fewer Washburn/KU grads will be hired...all the more reason to get out of Kansas I guess.

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Re: Will the Kansas Legal Environment take a big hit?

Postby jared6180 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:48 am

wow...105 views and not one opinion...

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Re: Will the Kansas Legal Environment take a big hit?

Postby LawIdiot86 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:46 am

There won't be a flood in aviation lawyers because Boeing wouldn't have used local lawyers for anything beyond stuff like people breaking into the plant or suing for discrimination (and even then maybe not). What there will be an oversupply of are small firms that did services for the employees like closing and wills, because the unemployed won't be buying new houses or spending money like that. Also, some small commercial work that supported the plant, like the incorporation for restaurants and hotels near it or contracts for small suppliers in the region will disappear. So it won't impact aviation, but it will suck for small local lawyers with general practices.

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Re: Will the Kansas Legal Environment take a big hit?

Postby Old Gregg » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:26 am

LawIdiot86 wrote:There won't be a flood in aviation lawyers because Boeing wouldn't have used local lawyers for anything beyond stuff like people breaking into the plant or suing for discrimination (and even then maybe not). What there will be an oversupply of are small firms that did services for the employees like closing and wills, because the unemployed won't be buying new houses or spending money like that. Also, some small commercial work that supported the plant, like the incorporation for restaurants and hotels near it or contracts for small suppliers in the region will disappear. So it won't impact aviation, but it will suck for small local lawyers with general practices.


Most of this is right, but...

(1) Boeing probably used a large law firm, when then utilized local counsel to handle the above tasks. Really just one step removed, but with the same effect mentioned above.
(2) Aviation law is such a niche practice that I doubt its disappearance would have any effect on any market.




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