WICHITA — There's no question that Affiliated Attorneys of Pistotnik Law Offices is now one Pistotnik short, but why that is isn't as clear.
Brothers Brad and Brian Pistotnik have been law partners "forever," as Brad Pistotnik says, but he's now left to start Brad Pistotnik Law.
"He just came in overnight on a Sunday and took all the client files and left," Brian Pistotnik says. He says his brother "deleted our client database – the clients that had been working with him."
"What's going through his mind, I have no idea, but this was a surprise," Brian Pistotnik says.
"Simply, I decided to get a new office location," Brad Pistotnik says.
"I've always vigorously represented my clients, and I am trying to focus my practice in a more focused area of law."
Pistotnik says he's planning to continue focusing on a range of motor vehicle accidents.
"It's a law practice that requires intensive litigation."
He says his previous firm is a more general practice.
Brian Pistotnik says that's not the case. He says he, too, focuses on accidents, although he says some of those are workers compensation cases.
Brad Pistotnik is still an owner in Pistotnik Law Offices with his brother.
"Well, for the present time I'm an owner there, but I'm slowly transitioning to the new firm," he says.
The Pistotnik name – specifically Brad Pistotnik – is one of the most well known in Wichita law firms due to extensive advertising, which has been handled by Nashville-based Whitehardt. The agency specializes in advertising and consulting for law firms.
Which of the two Pistotnik firms has rights to use the agency is now at issue.