Home is where the heart is, Sunderland returns to his roots

Attorney Luke Sunderland stands outside his new office Monday, December 19, on Main Street in Sabetha.


Homecomings offer such a sense of comfort, when one can relish familiar sights and reconnect with family and friends. It is particularly  fulfilling when you can return home and start a business to serve your community, family, neighbors and friends. Luke Sunderland has enjoyed such a homecoming and has started his new law practice in his hometown of Sabetha.

“It feels great to be back, and my wife and I have settled in well,” Luke said. “I am very grateful for the many big welcomes that have been extended to us.”

Luke said since he decided to go to law school, the plan has always been to come back to Sabetha.

“Opening my own law practice in Sabetha has been a plan of mine since I decided to go to Law School in 2019,” Luke said. “I particularly enjoyed spending my last two summers as a legal intern in Martin Mishler’s office in Sabetha, and it showed me the many interesting fields of law I can get involved in. I also found great joy in helping lifelong friends and neighbors navigate legal questions.”

Areas of Emphasis

Luke will focus most of his attention to wills and estates, trusts, business formation and organization, criminal defense and property. While, he will focus his attention on the aforementioned, he is also committed to aiding anyone in answering any legal questions as they are presented or referrals that are provided.

“Serving in a rural area, I have a general practice rather than heavily specializing in any one specific area of law,” Luke said. “We do have a primary focus on business formation, real estate transactions, estate planning, probate and trust administration.”

Formation of a Partnership

Luke and Martin Mishler opened their partnership at the beginning of September of this year.

“Martin [Mishler] and I have entered a partnership agreement to operate a law practice together, but we also have our own professional associations. This allows us both flexibility and also enables us to pool our resources to aid the other,” Luke said.

Luke is also serving as Assistant City Attorney, in partnership with Martin, for Fairview, Sabetha and Seneca.

In Need of Legal Services

The Mishler and Sunderland Law Offices is located at 1014 Main Street in Sabetha and can be reached by phone at 785-284-2360. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Appointments are requested for office conferences. However, the office does have flexibility to meet at other times outside of regular hours by appointment.

About Luke

Luke is the son of Robert and Jane Sunderland of Sabetha. He graduated from Sabetha High School in 2012.

After high school, he attended Kansas State University in the field of economics and graduated in 2016. With a degree in hand, Luke worked in Kansas City for a year before making the decision to further his education, and he traveled to Hamburg, Germany to do just that. He graduated in 2019 with the degree of Master of Science in Politics, Economics and Philosophy.

During his time in Germany, Luke met his wife Carlotta, and the two were wed in 2019 in Germany. Luke began his law studies at the University of Kansas shortly after his marriage and graduated with his Juris Doctor degree in May of 2022, passed the bar exam, and became licensed in September.

Carlotta is an accountant for the Loyd Group from Galva, Kan., and the two are expecting their first child early in 2023.

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Pete Schuetz is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where he has been on staff since 2022. Pete is a retired teacher from the USD 113 Prairie Hills School district. He lives in Sabetha with his wife and one of his two sons.


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