WICHITA — Cummings & Cummings is once again going to have a Cummings and a Cummings.
Bill and Nika Cummings started the law firm, which is at 129 E. Second St., in 1998. Nika Cummings left more than four years ago to work as a public defender. Now, she's returning.
"She's had really great success as a public defender," Bill Cummings says of his wife.
She first worked for the Sedgwick County public defender's office and then the county's conflict office.
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Cummings says his wife won 10 acquittals out of her last 12 cases, “which is just unheard of really."
When Nika Cummings previously was at the firm, she worked part time there and as Mulvane's prosecutor while also raising the couple's four children. Once the kids were in school, she began her full-time public work.
Now, Bill Cummings says, his wife would like to try private practice again – and have the often more lucrative salary that accompanies it.
It's fine by him, especially since they regularly confer about cases anyway.
"She's just really good at what she does," Cummings says. "She's not only persuasive in the courtroom but ... the office as well."