Charles Ault-Duell is an experienced Kansas litigator at all levels of state and federal proceedings in the civil, criminal, domestic, and administrative arenas. Some of his representative work is found below on this page.
His criminal law practice includes over a dozen jury trials to verdict, multiple successful defense motions, and many years' worth of appeals work on topics with state-wide impact.
Charles can defend every sort of case from a speeding ticket to a DUI, building code violations, domestic battery and child abuse, felony drug possession, aggravated battery, or robbery, and financial crimes of all kinds. He has the experience and tenacity you need to defend yourself if you are facing off against the State or the City in Municipal or District Court in Central or Western Kansas.
His successful domestic practice includes divorce; property division; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; contested child-custody and -support motions; and foster care (CINC) and Juvenile Offender (JV) cases. His strong focus in domestic cases integrates his clients' objectives with the "best interests of the child" requirements and factors.
Charles' civil practice has covered a wide range of cases from limited-jurisdiction contract fights and evictions, to contractor and construction disputes on both plaintiff and defense, to large-asset and business-interest settlement and division. His clients are individuals and small businesses in need of competent, cost-effective civil representation.
Charles also has extensive experience in pursuing major insurance carriers in personal injury cases. He will help you get the best possible result if you are injured in a car accident or due to the negligence of a business or landowner. He can help you maximize your recovery, including fighting and reducing hospital or health-insurance liens.
He received his first law license in 2007, and defended his first cases while still attending Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. His first job after law school was as a chambers research attorney for the Honorable Patrick D. McAnany on the Kansas Court of Appeals. After that, he returned to Salina, where he served as an Assistant Saline County Attorney for over 3 years. He tried many high-visibility cases, and won many appeals in that role.
Charles entered private practice in 2014 for a big Salina law firm, and he struck out on his own in 2018. His individual practice delivers the best legal results possible for his Central and Western Kansas clients at the most affordable price.
Charles is a proud alumnus of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina ('05), and he currently serves on its Board of Trustees. He served as the president of the Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association during the 2017-2018 term, and as an officer of the Bar Association for the 3 years before that. He sits on many other community boards, including the advisory boards for the 28th Judicial District Office of Community Corrections, and the Salina Initiative for Restorative Justice. He is a Trustee of the Charitable Foundation for his church, Christ Cathedral Episcopal Parish, and he also serves as the Parish Chancellor.
Hugo Pérez Trejo is an archeologist and sociologist who has worked in human rights, immigration, gang intervention, and social work with formerly incarcerated youth in southern and central Mexico. He is skilled in verbal and written interpretation/translation in Spanish and English. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Archeology from the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico City. He received his Master’s Degree in Archeology from ENAH in 2016 and completed Bachelor’s Degrees in Archeology (2011) and Sociology (2005) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), also in Mexico City.
Margi Ault-Duell has worked extensively in the non-profit arena in immigrant rights, environmental issues, gender justice, and racial justice. She is an experienced translator/interpreter in Spanish and English, including simultaneous and consecutive verbal interpretation. She is completing her Master’s Degree in Spanish at Wichita State University. She received a Master’s in Divinity from Drew University Theological School in 2009 and completed Bachelor’s Degrees in Religion and International Relations/Global Studies at Hendrix College in 2006.