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H. W. "Bud" Fanning  |  Retired

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    Bud Fanning is a Wichita native with a storied career as a trial lawyer.  He is retired.

    Bud served in both World War II and in the Korean War.  He began his education on the G.I. Bill at Wichita University (later, Wichita State University) but became an insurance adjuster before he graduated.  After two years of negotiating claims with lawyers, he concluded "I knew just as much about tort and contract law as they did, but I was making a lot less money."  He went to Washburn Law School, which at that time allowed entrance before completion of an undergrad degree, and completed law school while working part-time as an insurance adjuster.  He began working at the firm's predecessor three months before Dick Hite, and the two of them practiced law together over 50 years.

    Bud was talented litigator, earning him a place in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1975.  He was elected President of the Wichita Bar Association in 1978.  In 1986, the Kansas Supreme Court appointed him to the Board of Law Examiners, which wrote and graded bar entrance exams and held hearings on applicants' fitness to sit for the bar exam.

    He was awarded the Bill Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel in 2010.

     

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    Hite Fanning & Honeyman is one of only two Kansas law firms “Highly Recommended” by Benchmark Litigation 2017. Benchmark Litigation is described as the definitive guide to America’s leading firms and attorneys in the area of commercial litigation. Benchmark Litigation also specifically profiled Richard Hite, Richard Honeyman and Jim Robinson as standouts among Kansas litigation attorneys. A special congratulations to them! This is the fifth year that these HFH attorneys have been highlighted. https://www.benchmarklitigation.com/
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    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