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Companies, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and individuals rely on Tim Laughlin's advice and advocacy in their environmental, energy, commercial litigation, and drone-related legal matters. Tim has represented clients with issues ranging from the storage of spent nuclear fuel, federal and state water permits, windmill farms, drone regulations and ordinances, and utility rate regulation. In addition, Tim also helps manage and resolve all aspects of third-party subpoenas directed at various businesses throughout the U.S.
With a passion for protecting the environment and other natural resources, Tim was drawn to environmental and energy law. Tim has helped clients put a check on big corporations and state agencies who have damaged natural resources for the benefit of corporate shareholders and public officials who cater to rent-seeking industries.
Whether he's interacting with clients or opposing counsel, writing a brief, or engaging in oral advocacy, Tim is adept at communicating with clarity. Tim credits his soft skills to growing up in the small, farm town of Waterville, KS. Tim takes pride in small, tight-knit environments, where people take accountability and learn the difference between just getting a job done and getting a job done correctly.
Tim received the "Outstanding Senior Award" from Baker University for his superior achievement in academics, leadership, service, co-curricular activities, and involvement in off-campus educational opportunities. While at Washburn University School of Law, Tim was an active member of the moot court team where he received the "Faculty Brief Award" for co-drafting the best interscholastic brief for the 2016-2017 school year. Tim's diligence was also recognized through his induction to the Order of Barristers which honors law students and practicing lawyers who demonstrate exceptional skills in trial advocacy, oral advocacy, and brief writing.
Tim enjoys volunteering in his spare time. He serves as the vice president of the alumni board of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon at Baker University. Tim is also a mentor to 1L law students at Washburn University, a mentor in the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation's Student Law Academy, and is the vice-chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Attorney Well-being Committee. He also occasionally DJs charity events, a nod to his prior nine-year career as a professional DJ. Tim also enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Maddie, daughter, Lyla, and dog, Silas.
Classes & Seminars
- “The Dawn of Drone Law: An Analysis of Drone Regulations and Case Law” Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court CLE (2/9/22).
- "Aerial Mapping Technologies and Procedures" - HalfMoon Education Inc. (12/13/21)
- "Digital Nervous Systems: A Technical and Regulatory Overview of Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles" - Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (5/13/21)
- "Drones and the Fourth Amendment - Long Lake Township v. Maxon" - Clubhouse - Drone Law Connections (4/24/21)
- "Drone Law: Governmental and Municipal Operators" - Missouri Bar Association CLE (2/17/21 & 5/13/21)
- "Drone Law: Commercial Operators" - Missouri Bar Association CLE (2/10/21 & 5/6/21)
- "Drones: What Can a Municipality Do?" - City Attorneys Association of Kansas Virtual Meeting CLE (10/9/20)
- "Drones and the Law" - Heartland Drone Company Drone Symposium (2/28/20)
- "If I Crash My Drone, How Will an Attorney Sue Me?" - American Society of Professional Estimators - Chapter 32 Estimating Academy (2/6/20)
- "If I Crash My Drone, How Will an Attorney Sue Me?" - Construction Leadership Counsel of The Builders Association of Kansas City (12/18/19)
- "If I Crash My Drone, How Will an Attorney Sue Me?" - Construction Safety Group of The Builders Association of Kansas City (11/7/19)