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Leadership in Business and Community Groups

One of the hallmarks of Hite Fanning is our active involvement in national, state, and local bar and professional organizations, as well as community organizations.  Our attorneys are not just members they frequently serve in leadership roles.  They have served as presidents or chairman of the Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations, the Kansas and Wichita Young Lawyers, and the Kansas and Wichita Women Attorneys Association, the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.  Our lawyers have served in leadership roles in and have been members in many other organizations such as American College of Trial Lawyers, National Unified State Law Conference of Commissioners, Association of Defense Trial Lawyers, College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, and the American Bar Association. 

Many of our attorneys are also leaders in other important community and philanthropic organizations. The firm’s level of engagement with professional and community organizations reflects our belief that such engagement benefits our attorneys on both a personal and professional level, promotes our firm, and ultimately benefits our community and clients

Our lawyers are committed to both professional and community groups, as is evidenced by their service as officers and board members of these groups:

  • Dick Hite, Via Christi Health System (Board of Directors, 1995-2009; Chairman, 1999-2002)
  • Dick Hite, Via Christi Regional Medical Center (Board of Directors, 1995-2005; Chairman, 1995-1998)
  • Dick Hite, Wichita Symphony Society (Board of Directors, 1997-2003)
  • Dick Hite, St. Francis Regional Medical Center (Board of Directors, 1982-1995; Chairman, 1994-1995)
  • Dick Hite, United Way of the Plains (Board of Directors, 1970-1986; President, 1981)
  • Dick Honeyman, Starkey Foundation (Secretary, 2008-Present)
  • Dick Honeyman, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) (Chairman, 2010-2011; Board of Directors, 2005-Present)
  • Dick Honeyman, Wichita Festivals, Inc. (2006-Present; President, Board of Directors, 2011-Present)
  • Dick Honeyman, Orpheum Performing Arts Center (Chairman, 2005-2010; Executive Board and Board of Governors, 1995-1997)
  • Dick Honeyman, Wichita Bar Show (Producer, 1983-Present)
  • Dick Honeyman, Wichita Music Theatre (Board of Directors, 1998-2004)
  • Dick Honeyman, Washburn University School of Law (Board of Governors, 1994-2001)
  • Dick Honeyman, Wichita Community Theatre (Board of Directors)
  • Dick Honeyman, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum (Board of Trustees, 2015-Present)
  • Linda Parks, Wichita YWCA Board of Directors (Director, 2006–Present; President 2010–2012)
  • Linda Parks, Washburn University Alumni Association Board (Director, 2009–2011)
  • Linda Parks, United Way (Member, Allocations Committee, 1990–1994)
  • Jim Robinson, United Methodist Youthville, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1985-2006, Chair 1990-1991 and 2002-2003)
  • Jim Robinson, Kansas West Conference United Methodist Church (Past Chair, Higher Education Commission and Commission on Institutional Ministries)
  • Jon Newman, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Board of Trustees, 2005-2007)
  • Jon Newman, Kansas Humane Society (Board of Directors, 2006-2013; Chairman, 2012-2013; Treasurer, 2010-2011)
  • Gaye Tibbets, Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice (Board of Directors, 2004-Present)
  • Gaye Tibbets, YWCA (Board of Directors, 2011-Present)
  • Gaye Tibbets, WSU Women's Studies Advisory Council (Advisory Board of Directors 2000-2006, Vice President 2004)
  • Gaye Tibbets, Hutchinson Theatre Guild (Board Member, 2015-Present)
  • Gaye Tibbets, Urban League of Kansas (Board Member, 2016-Present)
  • Scott Hill, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Board Member, 2006-2011)
  • Scott Hill, Information Network of Kansas, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2014-Present)
  • Kim Farha, Music Theatre for Young People (Board of Directors, 2010-2011)
  • Kim Farha, Dade County Alliance Against Domestic Violence (Chair, 1999; Chair, Walk Committee, 1998; Liaison to Coalition Against Violence Against the Aging and Judges Standing Committee on Domestic Violence, 1999-2000)
  • Kim Farha, Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board (1999-2000; Education Committee, 1999-2000)
  • Kelly Rundell, Susan G. Komen - Kansas (Board of Directors, 2013-Present)
Court Rules Against Proposed Wind Farm in Northern Sumner County
On September 21, a Sumner County judge issued a ruling in a zoning appeal case that blocks the construction of a proposed wind farm in northern Sumner County.
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, https://www.bestlawyers.com/Search?query=hite%2C%20fanning%20%26%20honeyman
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.