Pigg is well known for his experience in the defense of constitutional and civil rights claims against law enforcement officers, public officials, cities, counties and school boards. For over three decades, he has defended employment claims against public entities and private industries. He has litigated claims of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, First Amendment violations, false arrest and excessive force by law enforcement officers, deprivation of due process and denial of equal protection, as well as street defects and other tort claims. He focuses on defense of claims under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, and Kansas law retaliatory discharge and breach of implied employment contract claims. He also focuses on defense of legal malpractice claims and serves as a private mediator in civil cases. For more than 10 years he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of municipal law, employment law and civil rights law. He has been named to the list of Super Lawyers in Kansas and listed by Chambers and Partners as a leading individual in General Commercial Litigation. Pigg is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Teachers Training Skills Program. He is past president of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel. He served on the Bench-Bar Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas for 2001-2003.
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Washburn University of Topeka, B.A. (summa cum laude, 1972)
Washburn University, J.D. (1976)
Scholastic Honors - Phi Kappa Phi
United States District Court for the District of Kansas (1976)
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (2001)
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (1976)
Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1999
Civil Rights Law
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Municipal
Named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Topeka Litigation -
Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year”
Named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Topeka Employment Law
Management “Lawyer of the Year”
Listed in 2012 Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers®
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer
Kansas Bar Association
Ethics Committee (1991–2008)
Employment Law Section (1995–)
Legislative Liaison (1997)
Topeka Bar Association
Ethics Committee (1984–)
Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
Chairman, Amicus Curiae Committee (1991–1995, 1999–2007)
Board of Directors (1991–1994)
President Elect (1996)
Defense Research Institute (1994–)
Sam A. Crow Inns of Court (1993–)
Program Chair (1996)
Topeka Lawyers Club
Bench Bar Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas (2001–2003)
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
The Medical Cost of Custody, Kansas Sheriff Magazine, Spring 2013 (with Sarah Morse)
Law Enforcement Liability: When It’s Pouring Lawsuits, Where Do You Find an Umbrella?, Fall Training Conference, Kansas Sheriff’s Association, November 9, 2011.
Kansas Tort Claims Update, Kansas Association of City Attorneys, June 3, 2011.
When the Home Is Not A Safe Haven, The Hot Pursuit Exception, Kansas Sheriff Magazine, Spring 2011.
Key Considerations for County Personnel Policies, 34th Annual Conference, Kansas County Commissioners Association, May 5, 2010.
Civil Trial Practice in Federal Court, Seminar Materials, Kansas Attorney General Call, February 4, 2010.
Police Liability Seminar, Lorman Education Services, April, 2009.
KBA Kansas Annual Survey of Law Handbook – co-author of chapter on Civil Rights - 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions.
Employment Law Seminar by Kansas State Council for Human Resource Management – author and presenter of section on Employers Handling of First Amendment and 1983 Claims - February 2008.
2004 - KBA Continuing Legal Education – The Role of the Governmental Attorney – co-author and presenter of section on Agency Counsel’s Role and Relationship with Insurance Defense Counsel: Perspectives from the Outside and the Inside.
The Defense Perspective: Common Mistakes Plaintiff Lawyers Make, Basic Trial Skills, Trial Techniques Institude, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Seminar Materials, March 2000.
Getting the Goods for the Employer: Discovery in Employment Cases, Annual Employment Law Institute, Kansas Bar Association Seminar Materials, September 2000
Besieged: Bewildered: Defense Lawyers and Third-Party Audits, Seminar Materials, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Seminar, December 1999
Hiring and Firing: Guidelines for Avoiding Liability and Litigation, 89th Annual
Conference Seminar Materials, League of Kansas Municipalities, October 1999
Cold Calls & Ambulance Chasing: In Person Solicitation Still Prohibited, KADC Legal Letter, Summer 1999
Analysis of § 1983 Claims in Employment Cases, Annual Employment Law Institute, Kansas Bar Association Seminar Materials, September 1998.
Pretrial Discovery Issues, Nuts & Bolts of Employment Law, Litigation & Trial of the Employment Law Claim, Kansas Bar Association Seminar Materials, March 1998.
Checklist of Defenses to ADA Claims, Employment Law Institute Seminar Materials, Kansas Bar Association, September 1995.
Overview of Employment Concerns, Thirty-Fourth Annual Law Institute, Washburn University School of Law Seminar Materials, March 1992.
Excessive Force Claims After Graham v. Connor, I.A.D.C. Civil Rights and Municipal Law Committee Newsletter, April 1990.