Topeka's Top "20 Under 40" John Paul Washburn
As owner and founder of two businesses, John Paul manages operations for both Washburn Law Office and The Washburn Mediation Company; in conjunction, he is the lead attorney and the lead mediator for each business. When he started, John Paul ran the business alone. He has since trained and hired approximately 20 employees ranging from high school students to retirees.
John Paul’s contributions to the community are many and reach all generations. He is board president for University Childhood Development Daycare. In his church, he leads a group of eighth-grade youth to help develop young men who face the world's challenges with integrity, humility and leadership. He works to help people break the cycle of poverty, addiction and violence that plagues families for generations.
He is involved in the Topeka Bar Association Young Lawyers Board, the Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Board and Family Law Executive Committee, and the Sam A. Crow Inn of Court. John Paul is also a member of the TFI Visitation and Exchange Center Advisory Committee and a Youth Group Leader at Fellowship Bible Church. He has twice received the Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Certificate for pro bono representation that goes above and beyond the requirements and has been a judicial candidate for the Third Judicial District.
John Paul is married to Lindsay Washburn and has two children, Macoy (7) and Elleanor (2).
“Although John Paul has a busy career and family, he is always a very reliable asset to our organization. I have called upon him several times to help understand policy revisions, parent concerns, and general operation procedures of the school.” —Cecelia Courter University Child Development Director