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Don D. Gribble II  |  Partner

T 316-265-7741F 316-267-7803E gribble@hitefanning.com

Don Gribble is a partner in the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. He is an experienced trial lawyer and focuses his practice on:

  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Legal malpractice defense
  • Personal injury defense
  • Mediation

He routinely handles multi-million dollar claims and has primary responsibility for several of the firm’s largest clients.  Don has been involved in more than 50 jury trials and has handled multiple appellate matters establishing significant precedent in Kansas law.  He is admitted to practice in the Kansas state courts and the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas.

Don has been listed in Chambers U.S.A., an independent guide to leading business lawyers, and has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®.*  He has also been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2009-2012 Editions and the Best Lawyers in Kansas®, 2012.

Personal Injury Defense. In his personal injury defense practice, Don represents individuals/businesses in a variety of personal injury matters, ranging from agricultural pursuits to the trucking industry.

His experience with general personal injury matters ranges from situations such as a farmer being sued by an employee seriously injured while working with an implement, to a trucker being claimed to have been driving too fast or too fatigued which lead to an accident. 

Medical Malpractice. Don’s experience in the medical malpractice area has involved a wide range of situations, such as:

  • A physician being sued for a claimed misdiagnosis
  • A nurse/doctor being accused of negligently causing a birth injury
  • Hospital care providers being blamed for a poor surgical outcome or a patient succumbing to an illness

Don keeps abreast of current issues involving the health care, agricultural, automobile, trucking and insurance industries and fully understands the unique daily challenges his clients face. He frequently lectures to the health care and insurance professions on medical/legal and insurance/legal issues, and is a sought-after speaker. 

He is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar associations.  Don is also a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and the Kansas Hospital Attorneys Association.

Being active in his community is of great importance to Don, and he has been a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for several years, helping to make a positive impact on the lives of children and empowering them to succeed.  His pro bono activity includes representing the church of which he is a member in any legal matters that may arise.

Don received both his B.A., with honors, and his J.D. from the University of Kansas. He joined Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. in 1984 and has served on the firm’s Ethics Committee and as the Recruiting Coordinator.  He is an avid outdoorsman, having been involved in running marathons, hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail, hunting, fishing and camping.

*AV® Preeminent™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Areas of Concentration
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Legal malpractice defense
  • Personal injury defense
  • Civil litigation
  • Mediation

Appellate Decisions

  • Thompson v. Harold Thompson Trucking, 12 Kan. App. 2d 449, 748 P.2d 430 (1987)
  • Northern Assurance Company of America v. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., Inc., 249 Kan. 662, 822 P.2d 45 (1991)
  • Adamson v. Davis Moore Datsun, Inc. and USF&G Co., 19 Kan. App. 2d 301, 868 P.2d 546 (1994)
  • Hess v. St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 254 Kan. 715, 869 P.2d 598 (1994)
  • Adams v. St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 264 Kan. 144, 955 P.2d 1169 (1998)
  • Schmidt v. Shearer, 26 Kan. App. 2d 760, 995 P.2d 381 (1999)
  • Halsey v. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., 275 Kan. 129, 61 P.3d 691 (2003)
  • O’Donoghue v. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., 275 Kan. 430, 66 P.3d 822 (2003)
  • Maunz v. Perales, 276 Kan. 313, 76 P.2d 1027 (2003)
  • Rose v. Via Christi Health System, Inc., 276 Kan. 539, 78 P.3d 798 (2003) modified on rehearing, 279 Kan. 523, 113 P.3d 241 (2005)
  • Tharp v. Lee, 32 Kan. App. 2d 628, 87 P.3d 323 (2004)
  • Pullen v. West, 278 Kan. 183, 92 P.3d 584 (2004)
  • Walker v. Regehr, 41 Kan. App. 2d 352, 202 P.3d 712, rev. denied, Kan. Lexis 1119 (2009)

Court Admissions

  • Kansas, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1984
Honors
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Top Rated Lawyer 2013, Healthcare Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America 2009-2017, Medical Malpractice Law - Defense
  • Best Lawyers 2013 and 2015, Wichita Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Ranked by Chambers USA 2013 as a leading lawyer in the practice area of General Commercial Litigation.
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2009-2015 Editions
  • Best Lawyers in America

Professional Memberships

  • Wichita Bar Association (WBA) (Member: 1984-Present)
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA) (Member: 1984-Present)
  • American Bar Association (ABA) (Member: 1984-Present)

Education

  • University of Kansas, B.A., with honors, 1981
  • University of Kansas, J.D., 1984

Community Involvement

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters 2005-2011
  • RiverWalk Church of Christ