Trip Shawver

N. Trip Shawver, Esq.

Emporia, Kansas 66801


Business, Child Custody, Commercial, Contract, Divorce, Elder, Employment, Family, Guardianship, Insurance, Partnership Disputes, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates, Workplace

He has mediated:

Personal injury matters
Probate matters.
Guardian and conservator matters
Elder law matters
Family law matters
Property division
Employer / employee matters
Contract claims
Real estate
Neighbor disputes

He has mediated thousands of cases. His largest single case was mediation with over 100 individuals at one time. He received his training at Friends University, Center for Dispute Resolution in Boulder Colorado, Saint Louis and Montreal, Canada. He is past president of the Mediation Center of Wichita, Heartland Mediators, ADR section of the Kansas Bar Association and Sedgwick County Bar. He teaches over 40 hours a year. He is approved by the Supreme Court of Kansas as a Civil, Domestic, and Parent Adolescent mediator and is also listed by the Kansas Supreme Court as a trainer in all those areas.

Shawver graduated from Kansas State University in 1967 and Washburn Law School in 1969. He is past president of the Kansas Bar Association’s Family Law Section, past chair of the Legislative Committee, past chair of the Military Law Section of the KBA. He is a retired JAG (4 years active; 24 Reserve). He was a justice on the Kansas Military Court of Appeals and recognized as an expert in military matters involving divorce in four judicial districts. He has presented seminars regarding the military member and divorce for the American, Kansas and Sedgwick County bar associations and others. He is an approved Mediator by KS Supreme CT and practiced 23 years as a mediator

KS Bar Admit Date (02/11/70)

Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as:


The term “mediation” broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach agreement. More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable and dynamics that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. The process is private, confidential and possibly enforced by law. Participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process.

Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve dialogue and empathy between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement. Much depends on the mediator’s skill and training. As the practice gained popularity, training programs, certifications and licensing followed, producing trained, professional mediators committed to the discipline.

634 N. Broadway

Wichita, KS. 67214

Phone: 316-262-6466

Fax:     316-262-6012

Email: [email protected]