John Sherman

John was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1976 and is also admitted to the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He works with individuals and families as a general practitioner working on commercial and banking matters; wind farm leases; real estate matters, purchases and sales; wills; trusts; probate and probate avoidance; as well as many other matters. John provides legal advice to banks, schools and businesses, and litigates various matters on behalf of both individual and business clients. Recently John has been involved in negotiating many wind farm leases on behalf of landowners.


  • Fort Hays State University (B.S. cum laude in Business Administration, 1973)
  • Washburn University (J.D. with honors, 1976)
  • Washburn Law Journal, Assistant Notes Editor


  • John and his wife, Judy, were married in 1976 in Wilson, Kansas. Judy is a graduate of Fort Hays State University where she played basketball and softball. Judy works at Ellsworth High School as the Activities Secretary and high school aide. John and Judy have one child, Brad, who practices law in Colorado Springs.

Practice Areas

  • General practice including Banking and Commercial Law, Wind Farm Leases, School Law, Real Estate, Litigation, Farm, Probate and Trust, Water Districts; Condemnation/Eminent Domain, Creditor Bankruptcy

Publications & Presentations

  • A Burden Established in Eminent Domain Proceedings, 14 Washburn Law Journal, 355
  • Giving Employment References – Kansas Association of School Boards Presentation
  • Compiled: Information Guide to Wind Farm Projects
  • Wind Farm Lease presentation to Kansas Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
  • Landowner group presentations on wind farm leases

Published Appellate Court Decisions

  • Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance Co. v. Garcia 33 Kan. App. 2d 90 (2004)
  • In re Estate of Stratmann 248 Kan. 197 (1991)
  • Stratmann v. Stratmann 6 Kan. App. 2d 403 (1981)

Unpublished Appellate Court Decisions

    Mitchell County Rural Water Dist. No 2 v. Mitchell County Rural Water Dist. No.3
  • Wilson State Bank v. Bohnen
  • In re Adoption of J.G.
  • Citizens State Bank & Tr. v. Westerhaus
  • Traders State Bank v. Eberle

Professional Affiliations

    American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas Association of School Attorneys

Community Involvement

    Past President Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President Kiwanis Club
  • Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation
  • Ellsworth Beautification/Streetscape Project
  • Ellsworth County Medical Center Foundation
  • Smoky Hill Economic Development Corporation
  • Stumps Trust Foundation