Gaye Tibbets is a partner in the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P. Her practice involves trying civil cases, and advising and representing employers and employees in employment law matters. Gaye is an experienced civil trial lawyer, having tried more than 40 cases to verdict in state and federal courts. She also has nearly 30 years experience in representing parties in administrative proceedings, and has represented both employees and employers in commercial arbitration. Gaye is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts.
She is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and has an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®.* She has also been recognized by Chambers USA for her work in employment law.
Representation of Employees. Gaye represents individuals against their employers or former employers in court or administrative tribunals. When litigation has not been filed, she assists them in the negotiation of disputes including severance agreements, pay disputes, and covenants not to compete. She has helped more than one hundred employees resolve or litigate disputes with their employers.
Representation of Employers. Gaye has successfully defended employers in trials in both state and federal court. She represents private and public employers in all aspects of employment law matters both within and outside of the courtroom. In addition, she provides training and counsel to employers on a number of topics to help them to avoid potential employment law issues or to defend claims that they violated the law.
Employment law issues that Gaye has been involved with include:
Gaye is a frequent lecturer on employment law and trial practice topics, and has been an adjunct professor at Wichita State University. She is an active member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar associations, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association and the Wichita Women Attorneys Association. Gaye received the Wichita Bar Association President’s Award in 2004 and the Louise Maddox Attorney of Achievement award in 2009.
She is active both in the bar association and her community. Gaye is a member of the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys. She previously served on the Federal Court Bench Bar Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. She was recently appointed by the District of Kansas federal judges to chair a statewide committee making recommendations to the district judges on how to make discovery proceedings more just, speedy and inexpensive.
In the KBA, she serves on the Nominating Committee and in the WBA, she is a longtime member of the Ethics Committee and a former member of the Publicity Committee, Legal Intern Committee, Barometer Committee and Civil Practice Committee.
She has served on Community Council Advisory Board for the Wichita State University Center for Women's Studies and serves on the Board of Directors at the YWCA. She is an active member of her church.
Gaye received her B.A., cum laude, in English from Baylor University and her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Prior to joining Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P. in 2003, Gaye was a member of another Wichita law firm for 13 years and worked at the Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.
Gaye and her husband have a blended family of five mostly adult children.
*AV® Preeminent™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
KBA Young Lawyers’ Newsletter, 2010 “Tips for Dealing with Difficult Counsel in a Deposition"
KBA Annual Survey, Employee Relations Law, 2006
KBA Employment Law Section Newsletter, President’s Column, 2005
Kansas Employment Law Newsletter, M. Lee. Publishers
“Dennis Rodman and Title VII,” Vol. 3, Issue 4, July 1996
“Having Your Cake and Eating it Too: Is Filing a Claim for Disability Benefits a Bar to A Later ADA Lawsuit?” Vol. 2, Issue 6, September 1995
“Potential Effect of Recent Employment Legislation on Rights of Pregnant Employees” Vol. 2, Issue 6, September 1995
Kansas Bar Association
Kansas Women Attorneys Association
Kansas Association Defense Counsel
2009 “You Must Be This Tall To Ride This Ride: Twists and Turns in Employment Law During the Obama Administration”
Wichita Bar Association
Kansas Association of Legal Assistants
Kansas Association of Legal Professionals
Sanborn Certification Institute, Hugo Wall School of Government, WSU
Lorman Education Institute
Wichita Young Presidents’ Association
YWCA, Board of Directors (2011-Present)
Community Advisory Board, Wichita State University Center for Women's Studies, 2000-2006 (Vice-President, 2004)
College Hill United Methodist Church (1995-Present)
Hutchinson Theatre Guild, Board Member (2015-Present)
Urban League of Kansas, Board Member (2016-Present)