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Retirement: John G. Pike announced his retirement from the practice of law effective August 31, 2020. He will be greatly missed by his law partners, many oil and gas clients and the Registers of Deeds in many counties across the state. Effective September 1, 2020, he has elected to choose “inactive status,” but will continue to serve on the Kansas Bar Title Standards Committee at the request of the Committee in recognition of his extensive experience in examining titles over a career spanning 42 years. We will all miss John’s ability to recite famous movie lines to make his point in an entertaining way. Good luck to you, John, in a well-deserved retirement. In recognition of his many accomplishments, his biographical information and practice areas are listed below.
Practice Areas: Natural Resources; Oil and Gas; Administrative Law; and Real Estate.
Admitted: 1978, Kansas Law School: University of Kansas, J.D. Member: Wichita and Kansas (Member, Title Standards Committee) Bar Associations; Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association. Born: Wichita, Kansas, September 8, 1952.
Personal Background: Born Wichita, Kansas, September 8, 1952; married with three children. Private pilot since 1969. Active in management of the family farm. Certified Kansas Hunter Education instructor. Personal interests include hunting, fishing, and woodworking.
Professional Background: Practiced law in Wichita since 1978. Prior to the founding of Withers, Gough, Pike & Pfaff, LLC, John was a partner with the firms of Hall, Turner and Pike, Chartered; the Kahrs, Nelson firm; and Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace and Swartz, L.L.P.
Professional Experience includes practice before the Kansas Corporation Commission, Kansas District Courts, the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court; the Federal District Court for Kansas; the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals; extensive experience in abstract and ‘stand-up’ title examination in all oil and gas producing counties in Kansas. See, Oil & Gas and Real Estate Areas of Practice for additional information.
Professional Involvement: Former President of the Kansas Bar Association Oil, Gas & Mineral Law section. Member of the Kansas Bar Association Title Standards Committee. Member and former Director of the Wichita Association of Petroleum Landmen. Member of the Kansas Electronic Recording Committee. John has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2010. John was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Wichita “Lawyer of the Year” for the Mining Law; and he was also honored as a Best Lawyer for Oil & Gas Law. From 2015 through 2020, John was again selected for Best Lawyers in America in Mining Law and Oil & Gas Law.
John G. Pike carried an “AV” rating which is the highest rating attainable under the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating
John G. Pike carries an “AV” rating which is the highest rating attainable under the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system. More information about these ratings may be found here. AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.
Best Lawyers in America®
The Best Lawyers in America has recognized John G. Pike in the fields of Mining Law and Oil & Gas Law. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become regarded as an important guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered an honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”