LJ Leatherman's practice is dedicated to the representation of individuals in tort litigation across the State of Kansas in the areas of automobile negligence, electrical injuries, firearm litigation, wrongful death, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, third-party claims against insurance companies, and all other areas of personal injury litigation.
LJ Leatherman was born in Valley Center, Kansas. He attended Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, where he received a B.A. in History and Political Science. He then attended the Washburn University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1992. While in law school, he served as associate editor of the Administrative Law Practice Guide, published by the Kansas Bar Association, and as research assistant for Professor Emeritus David Ryan at Washburn University School of Law.
After law school, Mr. Leatherman joined the predecessor to the current law firm of Palmer, Leatherman, White, & Girard, L.L.P.
An active participant in the Topeka community, Mr. Leatherman has served as President of the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center (TILRC), where he was an integral part of the grass roots movement to establish rights for individuals with disabilities in the State of Kansas. Under his leadership, TILRC pursued and obtained legislative reforms regarding confidential workers' compensation claims. These reforms ensured that information about injuries and medical records previously available to the public were closed, thereby preventing employers from performing preliminary searches in an attempt to eliminate disabled employees from job opportunities.
Mr. Leatherman has also been actively involved in representing persons with disabilities on claims brought under the ADA. In Tyler v. City of Manhattan, 118 F.3d 1400 (10th Cir. 1997), he represented Toby Tyler in the first ADA claim to be tried, which established that individuals with disabilities have a right to equal access to municipal activities and recreational events.
Mr. Leatherman has been an active member of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association since 1992 and has served on their Board of Governors since 1994. He has also been involved in numerous committees, including the Workers' Compensation Committee and the Amicus Committee. He has written amicus briefs in support of KTLA's position in the following cases: Long v. Turk, 265 Kan. 855, 962 P.2d 1093 (1998); and Wilson v. Williams, 261 Kan. 703, 933 P.2d 757 (1997).
In addition, Mr. Leatherman has written numerous articles on personal injury, premises liability, and automobile collisions, including J.K.T.L.A., Vol. XX, No. 4, p. 20 (3/97), The Kansas Supreme Court Revisits Per Diem Arguments and Overrules Caylor; Wilson v. Williams, The New Law In Kansas; J.K.T.L.A., Vol. XVIII, No. 6, p. 21 (7/95), Making The Most Of Venue After The 1987 Amendments And Kenyon v. KCPL; and J.K.T.L.A., Vol. XVII, No. 1, p. 18 (9/93), Discovering An Insurance Adjuster's File Under K.S.A. 60-226(b)(3).
Aside from his participation in the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Leatherman is a member of the Topeka, Kansas, and American Bar Associations and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. In addition, Mr. Leatherman served as the President of the Employment Law Section of the Kansas Bar Association from 2000 to 2001.
Mr. Leatherman has been licensed to practice law in the State of Kansas and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas since 1992.