Tyler E. Heffron
Phone: 316-630-8100, Ext. 289
Primary Areas of Practice
Tyler Heffron’s practice focuses on a wide array of litigated matters, where there are often millions of dollars at stake. Heffron enjoys a reputation of being responsive, thorough, and honest in his client interactions. When it comes to handling litigated matters and appearing before the Court, Heffron is strategic, smart, and aggressive. Heffron was born and raised in the small Kansas town of Wellington, where he was instilled with a strong work ethic and common sense approach to problem solving. Heffron regularly appears before the Kansas state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. Heffron has trial and evidentiary hearing experience in a diverse range of litigated matters, including jury trial, bench trial, and oral argument before the Kansas appellate courts.
An example of Heffron’s extensive litigation experience include these recent results:
• Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of his client, and successfully defending the summary judgment at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a multi-plaintiff personal injury case involving the catastrophic injury of six firemen during an explosion at a commercial construction project. The plaintiffs’ claimed damages were in the millions of dollars. See Peak, ex. rel. v. Central Tank Coatings, 2014 WL 3361742 (D. Kan. July 9, 2014) (unpub), affirmed, 606 Fed. Appx. 891 (10th Cir. March 12, 2015) (unpub).
Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of his client, and a dismissal with prejudice, against an allegedly catastrophic personal injury claim by successfully arguing the "going and coming rule" applied under Kansas law to prevent vicarious liability from being imposed on an employer in thrid-party liability lawsuit. Jones v. Blattner Energy, Inc., et al., 2019 WL4340867 (D. Kan. September 12, 2019) (unpub)
The complex settlement, in 2019, of a multi-year lawsuit involving disputes between a large, regional oil and gas conglomerate and more than 70 owners of a natural gas processing plant located in South Central Kansas. The claims and counterclaims in the lawsuit involved complex issues of breach of contract, quantum meruit, and misrepresentation, as well as the in-depth use of oil and gas accounting experts.
The representation of clients as creditors in bankruptcy, including litigation of complex issues in Chapter 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases on behalf of financial institutions, private investment groups, and municipalities/government bodies.
• The complex settlement of an injunctive relief, declaratory judgment, and breach of contract lawsuit involving more than eighty (80) owners of a natural gas processing plant in South Central Kansas. The issues involved millions of dollars, possible environmental liability, and the future ownership of the natural gas processing plant. After the main defendants attempted to rescind a settlement contract, Heffron and TWG attorney James A. Walker successfully obtained court enforcement of the settlement contract, thereby avoiding further litigation.
• Obtaining dismissal of a personal injury claim on behalf of his client, and successfully defending the dismissal through the Kansas appellate courts, on grounds the claim was barred by the statute of limitation and service of process was improper. Plaintiff sought review of the Kansas appellate decisions by the United States Supreme Court by arguing Plaintiff’s due process rights were violated, but Plaintiff’s Petition for Review was denied. See Turrubiates v. Family Practice Associates of Western Kansas, LLC, 249 P.3d 468, 2011 WL 1377083 (Kan. Ct. App. April 8, 2011) (unpub), review denied, (Kan. Jan. 20, 2012).
• Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of his client against a personal injury claim by successfully arguing the statutory employer defense under the Kansas workers’ compensation exclusive remedy doctrine barred Plaintiff from making a third-party liability claim. Plaintiff claimed damages were in the millions of dollars. Stottlemyre v. Sunflower Electric Power Corp. v. Piping & Equipment Co., Inc., 107 F.Supp.3d 1182 (D. Kan. May 8, 2015).
• The complex settlement and court approval of a class action oil and gas royalty lawsuit brought against a Kansas oil and gas producer alleging the underpayment of gas royalties. The class of plaintiffs claimed damages were in the millions of dollars.
• Obtaining dismissal of a bad faith insurance claim on behalf of his client by successfully arguing the claim was barred by the contractual provisions of the insurance policy. Plaintiff claimed damages were in the millions of dollars. See Infinity Energy Resources v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 2013 WL 3792899 (D. Kan. July 19, 2013) (unpub).
Admitted to practice
- Kansas, 2005
- United States District Court, District of Kansas
- United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 2005)
- Managing Editor, Perspectives on Law & Contemporary Culture
- Wichita State University (B.A. in Integrated Marketing, 2002)
- Summa Cum Laude
Professional Memberships, Affiliations and Honors
- Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court, past member
- Wichita Bar Association
- Kansas Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Wichita Business Journal 40 Under 40 - 2010
- Martindale Hubbell – BV Distinguished Peer Rating since 2014
- Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers® Rising Star - 2010
- Benchmark Litigation – Under 40 Hot List, 2016-2019
- Best Lawyers in America 2020 in the field of:
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvancy and Reorganization Law
- Personal Injury Litigation – Defense
- Leadership Wichita, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Chairman of the Board of Trustees, 2016
- Board of Trustees, 2014 -2017
- Program graduate, 2008
- Wichita State University Alumni Association
- President FY-2011
- Board of Directors, FY-2008 to FY-2012
- President-elect FY-2010
- Vice President of Membership and Volunteer Recruitment, FY-2009
- Phi Delta Theta Educational Foundation
- Secretary, 2009 to present
- Board of Directors, 2007 to present
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County
- Bowl for Kids Sake Team Captain, 2008 & 2009