About Us

Who is FPS&S?

FPS&S was established in 1909 by Hugh T. Fisher, a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. Fisher built a highly successful general practice and also served as the Shawnee County Attorney for a number of years. Fisher merged his practice with Irwin Snattinger in the early 1920s. The two earned reputations as skilled litigators in the areas of insurance defense, workers compensation and banking law. Fisher’s father-in-law, Edward Smith, joined them a short time later.

In 1938, David Fisher, one of Fisher’s four sons, joined the firm. He and Snattinger continued the practice following Hugh T. Fisher’s death in 1940. In 1955, David Fisher and Donald Patterson became partners, and these two continued their association with Snattinger until his retirement.

The firm’s general practice continued to thrive and expanded into areas including medical malpractice defense, health care law, construction and real estate litigation. In 1959, Keith Sayler joined the firm and concentrated his practice on workers compensation defense. E. Dudley Smith became a partner in 1966, when the firm became known as Fisher, Patterson, Sayler & Smith, LLP.

Over the years, the firm continued to grow and add offices to better serve clients throughout Kansas and Missouri. In 1990, the firm opened an office in Overland Park, Kansas. FPS&S has 26 attorneys, a number of whom have been recognized as top performers in various areas of the law and have long been leaders in the bar and the local community. In 2009, FPS&S celebrated its centennial anniversary, making a commitment to clients to deliver another 100 years of excellent counsel and representation.

established 1909


Topeka, KS
3550 SW 5th Street
Topeka, KS 66606

Deborah Brown-Tosh
Legal Administrator
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Overland Park, KS
9393 West 110th Street
Suite 300, Bldg 51
Corporate Woods
Overland Park, KS 66210

Ashleigh Woodworth
Office Manager
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Kansas City, MO
Two Pershing Square
2300 Main Street, 9th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Representative Clients

Allied Universal


Amerisure Ins. Co.

Ameritrust Group/Meadowbrook

Brit Global Specialty USA

City of Columbia, Missouri

City of O’Fallon, Missouri

City of Overland Park, Kansas

City of St. Charles, Missouri

City of Wichita, Kansas

Clay County, Missouri

Clayco, Inc.

CNA Standard Lines

CNA Global Specialty Lines

CNA Healthpro

CNA Insurance Company

EMC Insurance Companies

Enterprise Center

Hanover Insurance Company

Helping Hands Humane Society, Inc.

Hudson Insurance Group

Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions


Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

Miami County, Kansas


MPR – Midwest Public Risk

Office of the Attorney General, Kansas

Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company

Shawnee County, Kansas

St. Louis Area Insurance Trust (SLAIT)

Sumner County, Kansas

Travelers Insurance Company

Trident Insurance Services (Argo Group)

Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas

Upland Mutual Insurance, Inc.