2016 has marked Fleeson Gooing’s 130th year of providing legal services to the Wichita area and beyond. The firm was founded in 1886 by C.H. Brooks, grandfather of recently-retired Fleeson Gooing attorney Bill Thompson and great-grandfather of Ed Healy, also a Fleeson Gooing attorney. In the 130 years that the firm has been in existence, it has always been located within a four-block area of downtown Wichita. Through the commitment and hard work of many different attorneys and staff members over the years, and the loyalty of a host of clients, Fleeson Gooing has grown and thrived.
In observing its 130th anniversary, the firm has endeavored to engage in a number of activities designed to “give back” to the Wichita community. In September, the firm divided into two teams—Team Fleeson and Team Gooing—and engaged in a competition to see which team could pack the most backpacks at the Kansas Food Bank. Over a two hour period, a total of 1100 backpacks were filled for local youth.
In November, Fleeson Gooing engaged in a friendly competition with a valued client, Employers Mutual Company, to prepare food packs at the Food Bank. And in January, the firm will repeat this activity with another longtime valued client, The Law Company.
Also in September, the firm organized a building-wide blood drive at the Epic Center, where Fleeson Gooing has been located since 2007. In November, a number of firm employees volunteered at the Salvation Army to take applications from low-income individuals for Christmas gifts and a coat giveaway. And in December, the firm prepared and served lunch to over 125 homeless individuals at the Open Door ministry.
Fleeson Gooing has also celebrated the relationships that have been formed over the years with a 130th Anniversary Party for attorneys and staff at the River City Brewery. The firm believes it has the best legal support staff in Wichita and that the success the firm has enjoyed must be attributed in large part to them.
It is with gratitude that Fleeson Gooing looks forward to opportunities to serve the legal needs of Kansans for years to come.