Thomas P. Garretson

Tom Garretson has been in private practice in Wichita since 1971. Since that time, he has been heavily involved in securities practice. He has represented public companies in connection with their initial public offerings and secondary offerings under the Securities Act of 1933, the preparation and filing of periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and merger and acquisition transactions with other public and closely-held companies. Mr. Garretson has represented closely-held companies in numerous private placements of equity and debt securities, including complex financing and refinancing transactions involving various combinations of lenders and equity participants. Mr. Garretson counsels his clients in connection with all aspects of their business affairs and corporate governance. His practice also includes representation of underwriters in both public and private offerings and investment advisers in connection with registration and compliance under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Mr. Garretson attended Northwestern University where he was an all Big Ten football player and baseball captain. After graduation, he spent one season with the Washington Redskins organization before graduation from Kansas University Law School in 1971. He has long held the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review highest rating of “AV,” and is recognized as a “Senior Statesman” in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions by Chambers USA.

Admitted to practice

  • Kansas, 1971
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


  • University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 1971)
  • Northwestern University (B.A., 1968)

Honors, Affiliations and Professional Memberships

  • Designated by Chambers USA as Senior Statesman in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member of Advisory Committee to the Kansas Securities Commissioner
  • Member of American, Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations
  • Fellow of Kansas Bar Foundation
  • Former adjunct professor of University of Kansas School of Law teaching Business Planning

Community Involvement; Seminars; Publications

  • Kansas Wildscape Foundation (dedicated to the creation, enhancement and promotion of outdoors opportunities in Kansas) – Director (2001-present), Chairman (2007-2008), Vice Chairman (2009)
  • Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions of Private Businesses (Kansas Bar Association seminar)
  • Securities Registrations and Exemptions (Wichita Bar Association seminar)
  • Author of Securities Regulation chapter of the Kansas Bar Association’s Kansas Corporation Law and Practice Handbook – Fourth and Fifth Editions