Charles E. Millsap
Charles E. Millsap

Chuck Millsap’s practice is concentrated in complex business and commercial litigation matters. Mr. Millsap has significant experience assisting clients in the construction, financial services, and insurance industries, and has been successful as well in litigating corporate, environmental, civil rights, intellectual property, and healthcare-related disputes in both federal and state court. He has also represented parties in significant corporate transactions, including deals for the purchase and sale of radio stations, aircraft part manufacturing operations, building industry operations, and other ventures.

Mr. Millsap enjoys Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers and for many years has been listed in Chambers USA as a recognized commercial litigation lawyer. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® List (Business Litigation), and has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation-Construction).

Mr. Millsap is a graduate of Wichita State University and a 1978 graduate, with Deans Honors, of the Washburn University School of Law. He is a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, as well as the Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He has been married to his wife, Lea, for 39 years and has four adult children. His hobbies including running and hiking.

Reported decisions from significant litigation matters Mr. Millsap has handled include:

  • Patterson v. Cowley County, 53 Kan.App.2d 442, 388 P.3d 923 (2017) [defense of highway defects claims]
  • Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. v. Kansas Dept. of Transportation, 953 F.Supp.2d 1176 (D. Kan. 2013), aff’d, 810 F.3d 1161 (10th Cir. 2016) [defense of constitutional claims]
  • Emcasco Ins. Co. v. Habegger, No. 15-1032-MLB, 2015 WL 5010217 (D. Kan. Aug. 21, 2015) [insurance coverage dispute]
  • Lemon v. Labette Community College, 6 F.Supp.3d 1246 (D. Kan. 2014) [defense of 1983 claim involving college admissions]
  • Scott v. Raudin McCormick, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92902 (D. Kan. 2010) [summary judgment for defendants in collective wage-hour action]
  • Ingalls v. Taylor, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14509 (D. Kan. 2010) [dismissal of claim pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on qualified immunity grounds]
  • Jones v. KP & H LLC, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54474 (D. Kan. 2007), aff’d, 288 Fed. App. 464, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 15419 (10th Cir. 2008) [dismissal based on choice of venue clause in contract]
  • Microtronics v. City of Iola, 157 P.3d 1129, 2007 WL 1461397 (Kan. Ct. App. 2007), rev. denied, 11/7/07 [dismissal of product liability claim against public utility]; 2003 WL 22149671 (D. Kan. 2003) [same case – dismissal of federal procedural due process claim]
  • Kvassy v. Hasty, 236 F.Supp.2d 1240 (D. Kan. 2002) [dismissal of putative Fair Debt Collection Practices Act class action]
  • City of Wichita v. Aero Holdings, Inc., 192 F.R.D. 300 (D. Kan. 2000) and related decisions [counsel to target defendant in multi-million dollar CERCLA litigation to recover cost of cleaning up the Gilbert and Mosley Superfund Site underlying much of Downtown Wichita]
  • Media Services Group v. Lesso, 46 F.Supp.2d 1237 (D. Kan. 1999) [summary judgment in action for broker commission in sale of multiple radio properties]
  • Healthcare America Plans, Inc. v. Bossemeyer, 953 F. Supp. 1176, 22 Employee Benefits Cases 2236 (D. Kan. 1996), affirmed, 166 F.3d 347 (10th Cir. 1998) [summary judgment in ERISA claim]
  • DeVore & Sons v. Thomas Nelson, 12 F. Supp.2d 1157 (D. Kan. 1998) [trademark infringement]
  • Chambers v. Family Health Plan Corp., 100 F.3d 818 (10th Cir. 1996) [ERISA claim]
  • Kastendieck v. Morris County, 934 F. Supp. 387 (D. Kan. 1996) [defense of highway defect claim]
  • Harnischfager Engineers, Inc. v. Uniflo Conveyors, Inc., 883 F. Supp. 608 (D. Utah 1995) [long-arm jurisdiction]
  • Dickens v. Snodgrass, Dunlap & Co., 255 Kan. 164, 872 P.2d 252 (1994) [affirming dismissal of tortious interference and other tort claims]
  • Susan’s Inc.  v. Thomas, 1993 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4793, 26 U.S.P.Q.2d (BNA) 1804 (D. Kan. 1993) [granting preliminary injunction in trademark infringement claim].

Practice Areas

Professional Associations

Wichita Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas Association of Defense Counsel
Kansas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees


“Public Works Bonds and Claims” chapter for Kansas Bar Association Construction Law Handbook
“Comparison of Federal and State Court Practices” 75 KBA Journal 28 (April 2006)
Construction Law Update (2011)