Our Attorneys

Kelly J. Clark
James J. Cramer
Michael J. Fischer
Jon W. Gilchrist
Thomas L. Griswold
Mark S. Gunnison
Bryanna Hanschu
Eric L. Hansen
Jacob A. Hecker
Chris W. Henry
John H. "Topper" Johntz, Jr.
Thomas K. Jones
Laurel R. Kupka
Jodde Olsen Lanning
Michael B. Lowe
David K. Martin
Stephen D. McGiffert
Steven L. Passer
Tyler Peters
Joseph Schmisseur
Christopher J. Sherman
Roger H. Templin

Christopher J. Sherman


Christopher J. Sherman is a principal with the firm, having practiced in our litigation group since joining the firm in 2001.

Chris received his undergraduate degree from Wichita State University, where he graduated with honors and served as Treasurer of the student body. Chris was also an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, an organization in which he served as both President and Vice President. Chris received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas in May, 2001, where he received the William L. Burdick Prize and top honors in six subjects, and was honored for his outstanding academic achievement by being selected to lead his law school class during the graduation processional. Chris was a member of the law school’s moot court team and, in that capacity, argued before the Honorable Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining Payne & Jones, Chris served as a legal intern in the United States Attorney’s Office in Topeka.

Chris has received an “AV Preeminent” peer review ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. As a litigator, Chris has handled cases in the state and federal district courts in Kansas and Missouri, has tried cases on both sides of the state line, and has represented clients in numerous commercial arbitration disputes. Chris also has extensive appellate experience and has argued many cases before the Kansas Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Practice Emphasis

Civil Litigation
Business Litigation
Estate and Trust Litigation
Appellate Practice
Insurance Defense
Personal Injury
Consumer rights


Wichita State University – B.G.S. 1995 (with honors)
University of Kansas – J.D. 2001 (Order of the Coif)

Bar Admission

Kansas – 2001
Missouri – 2002
U.S. District, District of Kansas – 2002
Western District of Missouri - 2002

Associations / Memberships

  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Earl E. O’Connor American Inn of Court

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