Carrie Rengers

Patterson Legal Group to open third office

Gary Patterson, left, and his son Tyler are opening an office in St. Joseph, Mo.
Gary Patterson, left, and his son Tyler are opening an office in St. Joseph, Mo.

Whether or not things actually come in threes, as the saying goes, it’s apparently true for personal injury law firms that are expanding in Wichita.

First, DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers told Have You Heard? it’s opening a second Wichita office, this time on the west side.

Then Brad Pistotnik explained how he’s expanding his east-side office and adding one in Garden City.

Now, Patterson Legal Group is opening an office in St. Joseph, Mo.

“It’s a race to see who can spend the most money maybe,” jokes Gary Patterson, who started his firm in 1994.

He attended grade school and high school in the St. Joseph area.

“That’s kind of my roots,” Patterson says.

Now, he says, “We just seemed to have a lot of clients there.”

This will make the firm’s third office, including ones in Wichita and Topeka, where it opened five years ago.

“We get clients from all over,” Gary Patterson says.

Most of the firm’s work is in Wichita, though.

“Our heart is really in Wichita, and the majority of additional jobs that the new office will create will be in Wichita,” says Tyler Patterson, Gary Patterson’s son.

Construction is almost done on an almost 3,000-square-foot office at 210 N. Belt, a major highway in St. Joseph.

“We’re just putting finishing touches on right now,” Tyler Patterson says.

The Pattersons aren’t sure how many employees will be in the St. Joseph office yet.

“We’ll kind of staff it as needed,” Gary Patterson says.

The firm has almost 30 employees and will be adding its seventh attorney in the next few weeks.

“We’re in growth mode right now,” Tyler Patterson says.

“It’s all very exciting and certainly possible that we will be opening another office in the future,” Gary Patterson says.

“We found for us that our messaging resonates in the market as the good guys,” Tyler Patterson says. “We can get a lot done for our clients when we treat people with kindness. We’re tough when we need to be, but kindness goes even further.”

Gary Patterson says how the firm performs is more important than how big the firm is.

“We don’t really want to be the biggest, but we want to be the best.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers