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Published Saturday, May 21, 2005

Rork takes defense seriously

BEST LAWYER


Topekan William "Billy" Rork, who has been practicing law for 29 years, was named as Best Lawyer in this year's Best of Topeka poll.

Although Rork's office in Topeka, about 50 percent of his cases come to him from clients in all parts of the state. Rork specializes in criminal defense cases, and DUI and traffic violation cases, including speeding tickets.

To what do you attribute your win?

I always try and represent people like I would want to be represented if I were facing the same accusations as the clients I defend.

What are the strengths of your law practice?

People have a wide selection of attorneys that they can call on for any given need. People tend to call attorneys after they've talked to someone else, so word of mouth is very important. I always try to represent my clients to the best of my ability, even when you know you may not be able to always win the case. I'm fighting for the best disposition we can get in any case.

You're a household name in Topeka. Tells us why.

When people recommend you to their friends, it is generally a sign that they respect what you do. You don't know what it's like to be locked up for something you didn't do. I've never forgotten that when dealing with my clients.

What are your qualifications?

I graduated from Washburn University's School of Law in 1979, and I also have a Washburn undergraduate degree.

Can you share you secret of success?

(Rork got into WU's law school with only a 2.0 grade point average, but armed with a lot of sterling letters of reference.)

I got into Washburn Law School because a lot of attorneys knew me and went to bat for me. They thought I had the potential, but once you get in you have to perform to get out.

What was your goal after law school?

All I ever wanted to do was criminal law.


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