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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.

     

    Super Lawyers list includes HFH attorneys
    Attorneys of Hite Fanning & Honeyman have been selected for inclusion in the latest issue of Super Lawyers. Richard Hite is included in the category of general litigation, Richard Honeyman and Jim Robinson are in the business litigation category and Art Chalmers is in the defense litigation category. Linda Parks is recognized in the area of business and corporate work and Gaye Tibbets is included in the category of Employment and Labor. Additionally, Don Gribble and Randy Troutt are included in the list of attorneys defending medical malpractice cases. Finally, Scott Hill was selected to be included in the list of Rising Stars in the area of business and corporate work. Super Lawyers’ annual process for identifying attorneys include independent research and peer review. No more than 5% of the attorneys in the state can be included in the Super Lawyers listing.
    Recognized as 2017 Highly Recommended Local Litigation Firm
    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/
    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.