Ian M. Clark

Ian M. Clark

Ian M. Clark obtained his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 2012. Upon graduation Ian immediately went into private practice. He quickly developed the respect of his peers, with frequent courtroom victories and demonstrable passion and preparedness in litigating for the accused. Recognizing Ian’s energy and drive would be a welcome asset to the firm, AKM&W made him part of the warrior lawyers at its earliest opportunity.

Ian now exclusively defends the criminally accused, and focuses on Fourth Amendment violations where he has enjoyed success in asserting his client’s constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Ian’s professional affiliations include the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Wichita Bar Association, and the Kansas Bar Association. He also serves on local hospital, Wesley Medical Center’s, ethics committee as a community member.

White Collar

If you are being charged with a white collar crime, basically someone is accusing you of lying, cheating and stealing.

Allegations of white-collar crime are usually found in the business world. For example, if someone has obtained money in an illegal way, and put it into his company’s funds to make it look like a legitimate profit obtained legally, that would be considered laundering.

Counterfeiting – making a fake replica of something like cash or a document, is another example of a white-collar crime. So is embezzlement, which often involves secretly taking money from a victim’s banking account or another fund.

According to the Cornell University Law School, white-collar crimes cost the United States about $300 billion each year. If you are charged with a white-collar crime, the prosecutor will be intent on finding a paper trail.

This is where the criminal defense team of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC can help you. Their experience, knowledge and passion has led to a remarkable record of success in defending their clients against white-collar charges. Call the Warrior Lawyers today at (316) 265-5511.


A realtor encourages you to exaggerate your yearly income, or fail to mention one of your car loans, on the mortgage paperwork so he can close on your new house.

Whether you know it or not, that is legally considered fraud, and it is a crime you would be charged with.

Writing checks from someone else’s bank account is fraud, and so is billing someone for services you did not provide.

There are many other examples of fraud, and some of them aren’t so clear cut. Did you knowingly provide inaccurate information? Was it is the result of a misunderstanding, or instructions that could be construed in more than one way?

If you’re in danger of being convicted of fraud, call the criminal defense team of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC. The Warrior Lawyers are experts on Kansas law, and have a proven success record of defending their clients by examining every aspect of each case.


When one person kills another person, it isn’t necessarily considered murder. But it is considered a homicide.

Legally speaking, there are different levels of homicide. If someone kills another on purpose – whether it be out of anger, or for money, or simply wanting to end the pain and suffering of a loved one – it’s considered a criminal homicide.

If a person were proven to have killed another in self-defense, that would be justifiable homicide, which is not a legal charge.

Not surprisingly, there is a lot of “gray area” in being able to prove exactly what led to the circumstances of a death. That’s where the Warrior Lawyers come in. The firm of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC provides its clients with top-notch criminal defense and knowledge of Kansas law that is unmatched by anyone in the state. Call the Warrior Lawyers today at (316) 265-5511.

Violent Crimes

Being accused of a violent crime is serious business. When most of us think of a violent crime, we think of offenses like murder or rape. Here are some explanations of other legal terms for violent crimes.
Manslaughter is when someone’s reckless action causes a death. Example: Running over and killing someone with a vehicle while speeding through a residential neighborhood.

Battery is the act of making offensive contact with someone. Example: Slapping someone’s face.
Assault is making the threat of battery. Example: Telling someone “I’m going to knock your teeth in.”
Vehicular assault is injuring someone due to reckless driving. Example: A driver hits the car in front of him, causing the other driver whiplash, because she was distracted with a text message.

Negligent homicide is when someone causes another’s death because of their own carelessness. Example: A small child dies because her parents left her in a hot car.

There are different degrees of murder, battery, assault and other violent crimes. Nobody is more informed or better prepared to defend against such charges than the Warrior Lawyers. The firm of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC has established a sterling reputation of criminal defense by examining detail and exploring all possible avenues for its clients. Call the Warrior Lawyers today at (316) 265-5511.


If you discuss robbing a bank with someone, but do nothing else, that is not a conspiracy.

But if you discuss it and then write down plans on how to do it, that’s a legally defined conspiracy – even if your plans are never carried out.

So it’s important to understand, if you have a conspiracy charge against you, it is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that your planned crime was actually committed. It’s not even necessary for the prosecution to prove you knew all the details of the plan. To convict you, it is enough to prove that you voluntarily agreed to join the planning of an illegal act. The planning is the crime.

Defending yourself against a conspiracy charge can be complicated, which is why it’s a good idea to call Warrior Lawyers at (316) 265-5511. Nobody in Kansas can clear your name like the criminal defense firm of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC.

Philip R. White

Warrior Lawyers Philip R WhiteMr. Philip R. White forges a defense for each case with his motto as the foundation: Facts, Faith, Freedom. First, determine the “Facts.” “Facts” are true, unknown, real, or fiction, and the discovery and appropriate use of “the Facts” will facilitate a finding of reasonable doubt. Second, keep the “Faith.” “Faith” is loyalty to the client, confidence in the truth, trust in the presumption of innocence, and a belief that a case does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. Third, fight for “Freedom.” “Freedom” is the capacity to exercise choice, exemption from detention, possession of rights, and most notably, a license for liberty. By adhering to this motto he will protect the rights of one to preserve the rights of all.

Mr. White is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the Districts of Kansas and Colorado, Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Court of Appeals, District Court for the State of Kansas, and all Municipal Courts in the State of Kansas. He is a member of the Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations as well as the Kansas and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Whether charged with murder or manslaughter, drug possession or sale, solicitation or sexual assault, DUI or DV, you can be assured that Mr. White has extensive experience in the defense of criminal allegations. Although prior cases cannot guarantee future results, his creative defense strategies often produce favorable outcomes. By way of example only, a premeditated first degree murder finding of not guilty in a homicide drug jury trial, dismissal of two charges of premeditated first degree murder during a homicide aggravated robbery jury trial, two not guilty verdicts in a DUI-Manslaughter jury trial, and numerous drug, DV, and DUI dismissals or not guilty verdicts were returned for past clients. In State v. Anderson, the Kansas Supreme Court agreed with his defense strategy in a Fourth Amendment search and seizure case resulting in new constitutional protections for every citizen in Kansas.


E-mail: PWhite@warriorlawyers.com

Telephone: 1-316-265-5511

Steven D. Mank

Warrior Lawyers Steven D MankSteven D. Mank graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1985. He was a Sedgwick County Defender from 1986 until 1988. He then began private practice with Bush, Johnson and also maintained a position as a public defender for the City of Wichita until 1996.

Mr. Mank is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. He has been a member of the Wichita and Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for over 20 years.

Mr. Mank’s practice consists of representing people charged with crimes from traffic matters to homicide in Municipal, State, and Federal Courts. He has successfully argued before the Kansas Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Having obtained favorable results for citizens accused of various crimes, Mr. Mank has also earned the respect of law enforcement personnel that turn to Steve for representation. He has represented citizens throughout the State of Kansas.

Mr. Mank has lectured on the subject of juvenile law and the recent changes in the juvenile justice system and has developed a practice in that area representing juvenile offenders in all matters.

E-mail: Mank@warriorlawyers.com
Telephone: 1-316-265-5511

Kurt P. Kerns

Kurt P. Kerns has won over 80% of his murder trials. He is an A rated “Superlawyer” and the founding partner of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White, L.L.C. He has developed the respect of his peers with his frequent victories in complex, high-profile cases. He has completed additional training at the National Criminal Defense College as well as Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College, where he is currently on staff.Warrior Lawyers Kurt P Kerns


Mr. Kerns’ successes include state, federal, and appellate cases involving conspiracy, first-degree murder and fraud.

Mr. Kerns has avoided convictions in 10 consecutive federal jury trials. In 10 murder trials, he has had seven outright acquittals, two hung juries, and one lesser manslaughter conviction. He has served on the Board of Governors for the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He practices before the International War Crime Tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands, where he recently defended Commander Vinko Martinovic. Mr. Kerns is one of only 26 American lawyers authorized to appear before the International Criminal Court.

Mr. Kerns is a frequent lecturer at Criminal Defense seminars across the nation and has been a featured legal commentator on national cable networks Court TV and A&E American Justice.


– Washburn University J.D.
– National Criminal Defense College Graduate – Macon, Georgia
– Graduate – Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College – Dubois, Wyoming
– Board of Governors – Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


– “One of the best lawyers in the state…” / CBS News 48 Hours
– “It’s clear he plays to win in the courtroom.” / Wichita Business Journal
– “Emotionally Charged” / Hays Daily News
– “Extensive criminal defense experience” / Garden City Telegram
– “Tough Irish criminal defense lawyer” / A&E Television Network
– “His presentation was brilliant” / Hays Daily News


– State v. Delacruz, 258 Kan. 129, (1995)
– United States v. Moore, 91 F.3d 96, (1996)
– United States v. Hardwell, 80 F.3d 1471, (1996)
– United States v. Reed, 113 F.3d 1067, (1997)
– State of Kansas v. Naramore, 25 Kan. App 2nd 302, (1998)
– State of Kansas v. Flynn, 274 Kan. 473, (2002)
– United States v. Cota-Meza, 367 F.3d 1218, (2004)
– United States v. Freeman, 479 F.3d 743 (2007)


E-mail: kurtpkerns@aol.com

Telephone: 1-316-265-5511

Stephen T. Ariagno

Warrior Lawyers Stephen T AriagnoMr. Stephen T. Ariagno received his first taste of criminal litigation as a prosecuting attorney with the City of Wichita following his graduation from the University Of Kansas School Of Law in 1990. Since completing his tenure as a prosecutor, he has devoted his career to defending the accused.

After leaving the prosecutor’s office, Mr. Ariagno entered private practice and completed advanced training at the prestigious National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.

Mr. Ariagno’s successes include cases involving homicide, rape, battery, drive-by shootings, narcotics and DUI. In addition to his skilled advocacy of his clients in the Municipal, State and Federal Courts, Mr. Ariagno isa respected member of the legal community.

Attorney Stephen T AriagnoAriagno has served as President of the Wichita Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Association, President of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and President of the Wichita Bar Association. He is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He currently serves on numerous committees for the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Wichita Bar Association. Mr. Ariagno has been a lecturer at seminars presented by the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Wichita Bar Association, and Kansas Bar Association.

Mr. Ariagno is licensed to practice law in both Kansas and Missouri.


– University of Kansas J.D.
– National Criminal Defense College Graduate – Macon, Georgia
– Board of Governors – Kansas Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers
– Life member – National Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


E-mail: ariagno@aol.com

Telephone: 1-316-265-5511

Phone: (316) 265-5511
Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White, Individual Practitioners.
328 N. Main St.
Wichita, KS 67202

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