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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. 

The Kansas Bar Association named F. James Robinson the 2017 recipient of the Phil Lewis Medal of Distinction. He was also presented with the 2017 Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.
The Kansas Association of Defense Counsel presented F. James Robinson with the Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the KADC’s highest honor, given only to those individuals with a distinguished legal and public service career. Aside from being a highly regarded attorney, Jim serves as a leader in the educating others of the role of an independent judiciary. The award was presented during the KADC's annual conference in December 2017.
Hite, Fanning & Honeyman lawyers recognized as Best Lawyers in America
Linda Parks was named the 2018 Lawyer of the Year in the area of bankruptcy and creditor rights/insolvency and Gaye Tibbets was named the 2018 Lawyer of the Year in the area of employment and labor litigation, by Best Lawyers in America. The following lawyers from Hite, Fanning & Honeyman have also been recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2018: Other HFH attorneys are included in the Best Lawyers in America 2018 edition. The attorneys selected were Art Chalmers (insurance law), Don Gribble (medical malpractice-defense), Jim Robinson (commercial litigation, bet-the-company litigation, banking & finance litigation), Jon Newman (workers’ compensation-employers), Randy Troutt (medical malpractice-defense), Richard Honeyman (personal injury litigation – defense) and Richard Hite (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation-defense). 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. For more information,
Kelly Rundell leads Wesley E. Brown American Inn of Court
Kelly Rundell has been elected president of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court for the 2017-2018 year. The Inn’s 100 members are selected through an application process. The membership is made up of Masters, Barristers and Associates, depending on the attorney’s experience. Kelly is a Master and has been a member of the Inn since its formation in 2008.