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Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney

William L. Phalen

For 30 years, Bill Phalen has been representing families and workers whose lives have been devastated by workplace injuries, reckless drivers and the negligence of others. When tragedy needlessly strikes – because of the irresponsible behavior of an employer, corporation or an insurance company – Bill Phalen is an advocate for the people, always representing David in the fight against Goliath. Bill’s strong convictions have led to successful cases at the Court of Appeals and Kansas Supreme Court.

Most recently, Bill was lead attorney in the Bergstrom v. Spears Manufacturing case which overturned 17 years of case law previously unfavorable to injured workers. Bill is a past speaker at the annual Kansas Department of Labor, Kansas Workers’ Compensation Seminar, speaking in 2010 regarding the claimant’s perspective of independent medical examinations. He is a member of the Kansas Association for Justice, sitting on the work compensation section, Board of Governors and Eagles Membership. He is actively involved with numerous charities and civic organizations in Southeast Kansas, previously serving as Board of Directors and President of Pittsburg Main Street, Board of Directors of the Pittsburg Family YMCA, Board of Directors Housing for All, Board of Directors and President of the JL Hutchinson Youth Baseball, a founding member of the Pittsburg Community Foundation. Bill currently sits as a Trustee for the Pittsburg State University Foundation and Board of Directors for Southeast Kansas Legal Services.



  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association
    • Patron Eagle
    • Board of Governors
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Crawford County Bar Association
    • Past President
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Advisor to the Board for Southeast Kansas Legal Services
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

Awards and Recognition:


  • Kansas State High School Activities Associate Award of Excellence
  • USD250 Friend of Pittsburg Community Schools Award

Admitted in:


  • Kansas
  • Missouri

Bill Phalen was born in Pittsburg, Kansas. Bill graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics. He graduated from the University Of Kansas School Of Law in 1986. In 1991, after working for a local law firm, Bill reopened his father’s law practice. The practice was originally started by his namesake, Lawrence Walker in 1929. His father Wilbert W. Phalen joined the practice in 1954 and practiced until his untimely death in 1984. Bill and his wife have two children. They are active in the community and their children’s activities.

“My perspective is to help people stand up for themselves against large insurance companies who seek only to limit their exposure with complete disregard to the pain and suffering of the victim.” –Bill Phalen