Tad Layton

With a diverse practice in the areas of trusts and estates, real estate, and general business law, Tad provides practical legal guidance and develops creative solutions for clients.  After teaching trial advocacy at Washburn University School of Law and practicing with a business and tax boutique law firm in Topeka, Kansas, Tad enjoyed eight years of practice with the law firm, Lathrop & Gage LLP, with offices throughout the United States. He was recently recognized as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star.


As a trust and estate attorney and former trial advocacy instructor, Tad is uniquely trained to resolve complex issues arising from trust and estate administrations, declaratory actions, trust modifications and terminations, trustee removal actions, and breach of fiduciary duty cases. With this experience, Tad represents public charities, private foundations, individuals, banks, trust companies, trustees, and beneficiaries as plaintiffs and defendants in will and trust controversies. In addition, Tad assists clients in all aspects of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and charitable giving.

Tad’s real estate experience includes real estate sales, acquisitions and development; retail, office, warehouse, and agricultural leasing; and sale/leaseback transactions. He also represents business clients in stock and asset purchase agreements; buy/sell agreements; due diligence; entity selection and formation; and joint ventures.

Tad graduated from Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctor with emphasis in tax law, where he was Order of Barristers and the recipient of the American College of Trial Lawyers of Kansas Award. In addition to memberships in several professional organizations, Tad is a member of the American Heart Association Executive Leadership Committee.