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2019 Best Lawyers in America Recognition

Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. is pleased to announce that 9 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.
Congratulations to the following lawyers named to 2019 The Best Lawyers in America list:

  • Arthur S. Chalmers - Insurance Law
  • Don D. Gribble - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Richard C. Hite - Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Richard L. Honeyman - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Jon E. Newman - Employment Law - Individuals, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
  • Linda S. Parks - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Real Estate Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • F. James Robinson - Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Gaye B. Tibbets - Litigation - Labor and Employment, Employment Law - Management, Employment Law - Individuals
  • Randy J. Troutt - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Benchmark Litigation Recognition

Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. has been identified by Benchmark Litigation as one of two Highly Recommended litigation firms in the state of Kansas for 2018.  The 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation has further recognized Richard L. Honeyman and F. James Robinson, Jr. as "Local Litigation Stars" for their high quality litigation work. Richard's work in commerical litigation and professiona lliability was noted.  Jim was recognized for his work in construction litigation, products liability, as well as general commercial litigation.

Chambers USA Recognition

For the thirteenth year in a row, Hite, Fanning & Honeyman has been identified by Chambers USA, an international publication, as one of the top law firms in Kansas. Chambers develops its rankings by surveying both clients and other lawyers.   In the 2018 publication, the firm was specifically  recognized for its abilities in the area of commercial litigation. According to Chambers USA, the HFH team “[r]epresents business clients in a range of complex litigation. Has talented litigators who handle matters across a broad spectrum of industries, including construction, real estate and healthcare.”

Additionally, six of its attorneys were recognized as leaders in their areas of the law. Jim Robinson is described by Chambers USA as a “a ‘fantastic lawyer’ with a wealth of experience and operating in the upper echelon of the Kansas litigation market.”   Art Chalmers is recognized for his state and federal court litigation experience, as well as an active appellate practice.  Chambers USA describes Don Gribble as having a well-regarded practice focusing on medical and legal malpractice cases.   Chambers USA recognizes Richard Honeyman as having an excellent reputation in representing clients in sophisticated personal injury and civil litigation.  Additionally, Chambers USA says that Gaye Tibbets earns praise for her tenacious advocacy and sensible demeanor in her employment practice.  Richard Hite is considered as a senior statesman, with an impressive track record in commercial litigation.  Chambers describes Richard as a popular choice as mediator and arbitrator. 

Court Rules Against Proposed Wind Farm in Northern Sumner County
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Super Lawyers list includes HFH attorneys
Attorneys of Hite Fanning & Honeyman have been selected for inclusion in the latest issue of Super Lawyers. Richard Hite is included in the category of general litigation, Richard Honeyman and Jim Robinson are in the business litigation category and Art Chalmers is in the defense litigation category. Linda Parks is recognized in the area of business and corporate work and Gaye Tibbets is included in the category of Employment and Labor. Additionally, Don Gribble and Randy Troutt are included in the list of attorneys defending medical malpractice cases. Finally, Scott Hill was selected to be included in the list of Rising Stars in the area of business and corporate work. Super Lawyers’ annual process for identifying attorneys include independent research and peer review. No more than 5% of the attorneys in the state can be included in the Super Lawyers listing.
HFH Attorneys Named in 2020 Best Lawyers
Eight lawyers of the Wichita law firm of Hite Fanning & Honeyman LLP are recognized in the Best Lawyers of America 2020. Additionally, Lawyer of the Year awards are presented annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. HFH’s F. James Robinson was named the 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Wichita in Bet-the Company litigation; Jim was also recognized for commercial litigation, and banking & finance litigation. Other HFH attorneys recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2020 edition are Don Gribble (medical malpractice-defense), Richard Hite (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, mediation and personal injury litigation-defense), Richard Honeyman (personal injury litigation – defense), Jon Newman (employment law-individuals, employment law-management./insurance and workers’ compensation-employers), Linda Parks (bankruptcy creditor and debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law and commercial litigation), Gaye Tibbets (employment law-individuals, employment law management and labor and employment litigation), and Randy Troutt has been ( medical malpractice defense litigation). , Best Lawyers is a peer review publication, seeking the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of colleagues in the same practice area.