• Special to the Leader & Times
Kerry McQueen of Liberal was awarded the William Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel at the Association’s meeting on Dec. 3, 2010. The award is named after longtime Wichita attorney William A. Kahrs and is given in recognition of distinguished legal and public service.
The Kansas Association of Defense Counsel is a statewide nonprofit organization of Kansas lawyers who devote a substantial portion of their practice to the defense in civil litigation. The goal of the KADC is to enhance the knowledge and improve the skills of defense lawyers, elevate the standards of trial practice, and work for the administration of justice.
McQueen, who received his bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and his juris doctor degree from Washburn University, is the managing stockholder of Sharp McQueen, P.A., which has offices in Liberal, Sublette, and Overland Park. McQueen is licensed to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court, the Federal District Courts of Kansas and the Northern District of Oklahoma, and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
McQueen enjoys Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers and is listed in Best Lawyers of America and Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Top 100. An active member of several professional associations, McQueen is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (past Kansas State Committee member), an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (past President of Kansas chapter), the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (past director), Defense Research Institute, the Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys, the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, the Seward-Haskell Counties Bar Association (past president), Southwest Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association (past member of Board of Governors and past secretary), and the American Bar Association. McQueen has served/chaired numerous KBA committees and at the present time, he is serving on the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission and the Kansas Board of Examiners of Court Reporters.
Involved in his church, McQueen teaches Sunday school and serves on the Nominating Committee. He has chaired the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Council. From 2002 to 2008 he served on the Board of Trustees of the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Community involvements include memberships and offices in the following: Liberal Rotary Club (past director and presently Chair of the Scholarship Committee), Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Development Foundation (past Professional and Banking Drive chair), Saints Booster Club (founding member and past director), Liberal Chamber of Commerce (past Director), Mid-American Air Museum Foundation (founding member and current President), past Annual Drive Chairman of the Liberal United Way, member and supporter of Live on Stage and Baker Arts.
McQueen is a Trustee Emeritus of the Fort Hays State University Foundation and a Life Member of the FHSU Alumni Association (past Chairman of the FHSU Foundation and past President of the FHSU Alumni Association); he is a founding member and past chair of the FHSU Southwest Kansas Alumni Club.