Brien D. Stockman

Brien D. Stockman, P.A.

Wichita, Kansas 67201


Aviation, Business, Child Custody, Civil, Divorce, Domestic Relations, Family

Mr. Stockman received his undergraduate degree in Aviation Education from the University of Oklahoma in May 1983. He graduated at the top of his Naval ROTC class, and received the Secretary of the Navy’s Distinguished Midshipmen Graduate Award. As part of his degree program, Mr. Stockman earned his commercial pilot certificate, with instrument and multi-engine ratings, and certified flight instructor certificate. Following graduation, Mr. Stockman received a regular commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as an artillery officer, and later as an intelligence officer.

Mr. Stockman received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1990, where he served as the Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. Following graduation, Mr. Stockman was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar, and practiced in all state and federal courts. After practicing for approximately two years in a general commercial litigation firm in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Stockman joined the Charlotte insurance defense firm of Dean and Gibson in 1993. At Dean and Gibson, he became a partner and obtained extensive litigation and trial experience in all aspects of insurance defense, including general personal and commercial liability issues, coverage litigation, automobile and aviation accident cases, and insurance fraud cases. Mr. Stockman also handled numerous complex commercial litigation cases, most notably in the aviation arena. He also served as an AOPA panel attorney, representing pilots in administrative enforcement proceedings before NTSB law judges.

From June 2000 to June of 2003, Mr. Stockman was Vice President and General Counsel for Spitfire Aviation, Inc., an aircraft charter, sales, maintenance and aircraft management company, based at the ConcordRegionalAirport in North Carolina. In 2003, Mr. Stockman returned to his roots in Kansas, and opened a solo practice firm in Logan, Kansas. He continued to serve as Vice President and General Counsel for Spitfire Aviation until September, 2012. In Logan, he has a general civil practice, including commercial litigation, corporate matters, real estate, estate planning and probate. He also serves as the City Attorney for the towns of Logan, Kirwin, Agra, and Prairie View. Mr. Stockman remains licensed to practice law in North Carolina. He is admitted to practice before all state courts in Kansas and North Carolina, and before the Tenth Circuit, Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts, District of Kansas, Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.

He is a court approved mediator in Kansas for Core, Domestic and Civil litigation matters. While he mediates a wide variety of cases, he has a particular passion for mediating aviation matters. As an aircraft owner and active pilot, he brings a wide variety of business and litigation experience to the table and enjoys helping resolve matters even before a lawsuit is filed, which he views as the most opportune time to mediate any case.

Brien is married to Lynette Stockman, and they make their home in Logan. Between them, they have four children ranging in age from 13 to 21. On a local level, Brien serves on the Board of the First Christian Church in Logan, and is active in the Logan Lion’s Club, and the Logan Chamber of Commerce, and the Airport Advisory Board for the City of Phillipsburg, Kansas. He was an Eagle Scout, and has served in the past as an Executive Board Member of the Coronado Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is the proud owner of an Aviat Husky A-1B and enjoys recreational flying, hunting and reading.

After spending almost 25 years as a litigator and advocate in and out of the courtroom, I have come to see the limitations of the court system. Many times, even the winner of a court battle often feels like a loser because of the cost of “justice.” Once a dispute goes to a judge or jury, there is always loss of control over the outcome. Mediation provides an alternative means of maintaining control over the entire process, where clients have an active role in crafting a solution that makes sense to both parties, rather than the “win-lose” solution imposed by a judge or jury that cannot possibly know all of the facts or background leading up to the dispute.

Mediation is traditionally a dispute resolution process begun only after litigation has ensued and both parties have expended considerable sums of money. In my experience, once parties “lawyer up” and sink a lot of money into the litigation process, the more reluctant they are to consider alternatives and more cost-effective solutions. I am therefore a firm believer in the early use of mediation to solve disputes even before a lawsuit is filed. Even if a global solution cannot be reached, issues can often be narrowed, and the groundwork can be laid for future settlement once additional facts have been established or discounted. Regardless, the time spent in mediation is money well spent.

Nowhere is this early intervention more helpful than in the field of aviation. Many disputes involving maintenance shops, aircraft brokers, pre-buy facilities, etc. require expensive consultants and experts. Cases often bog down in a time-consuming grind of discovery, depositions, etc. My experience as an aviation litigator, and general counsel for a Part 145 Repair Station, Part 135 Charter Operator, and aircraft management company, as well as being a pilot and aircraft owner myself, give me a unique skill set that serve me well as a mediator. I am passionate about aviation, and I enjoy working with parties to find solutions to their aviation problems. I am willing to travel to where the problem is, whether its a maintenance shop, hangar, FBO, etc. to look at the problems first hand and assist parties in finding a workable solution. Aviation is a small world, and preserving relationships through amicable settlements is invaluable.

Whatever the problem, let me put my expertise to work for you to help you solve it. I have an airplane, and will travel.

208 West Main Street

Logan, KS 67646

Phone:  785-689-4269

Fax:      785-689-4357

Email:    [email protected]