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F. James "Jim" Robinson, Jr.  |  Partner

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

Jim Robinson is a senior partner in the law firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P.  Jim is a seasoned litigator with 35 years of experience. Today, he concentrates his practice on representing clients in:

  • Business litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Professional liability
  • Products liability

His clients span many industries, including:

  • Banking and finance
  • Aerospace
  • Construction
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Health care
  • Oil and gas

Jim is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of "Bet-the-Company Litigation," "Commerical Litigation" and "Litigation - Banking and Finance."  He is recognized by Chambers, U.S.A., an independent guide to leading business lawyers, as a "Band 1" lawyer in the area of "Kansas, Litigation: General Commercial," and by Benchmark Litigation as a "Litigation Star in Kansas." He has received an AV® Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®,* and has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2008-2018 Editions.

Business Litigation.  In his litigation practice, Jim has significant experience and skill representing public and private companies in complex finance and contract disputes (including aerospace contract disputes), non-compete agreements, shareholder litigation, complex commercial loan disputes, trade secrets misappropriation, fraudulent transfers, bankruptcy litigation, real estate litigation, False Claims Act, and franchisor/franchisee litigation.

Products Liability. In the area of products liability, his representative experience has included packaging, automotive, construction, aerospace and health care products.

Professional Liability.  Jim also handles the defense of professional liability matters, involving  director and officer (D&O) liability matters, accountants, architects and engineers and attorneys.

Health Care. He also has significant experience in health care disputes, representing hospitals, clinics and medical personnel in managed care reimbursement claims, physician employment agreements and product liability claims.

Throughout his distinguished career, Jim has been an active member of the legal community and assumed several leadership roles. He  is the past president of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC), a former Kansas state representative to the Defense Research Institute (DRI), a member of the Wichita Bar Association’s (WBA) Board of Governors,  and former chair of the WBA's Legislative Committee.  He is a past chair of the Kansas Bar Association's  Legislative Committee. He serves on the Executive Committee, Lawyer's Committee of the National Center for State Court.  In 2018, he was appointed to serve as a member of the kansas Judicial Council. 

Jim is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts, the Kansas Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He received a B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from Southwestern College and obtained his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. He joined the firm in 1983.

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

Representative Experience

  •  United States v. Krause (In re Krause), 637 F.3d 1160 (10th Cir. 2011), in an adversary action on behalf of the bankruptcy trustee following a trial, the court  collapsed the assets of attorney debtor’s nominee and alter ego corporations and family trusts into the bankruptcy estate, and entered default judgments because of debtor’s wiping of computer hard drives during discovery.
  • Westar Energy, Inc. v. Lake, 552 F.3d 1215 (10th Cir. 2010), court compelled a corporation to advance past and future legal fees incurred by corporate director for his criminal defense.
  • United States v. Lake, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 244 (10th Cir. 2007), in a criminal case where officers of a public company charged with wire fraud, money laundering and circumvention of controls, there was a hung jury in the first trial, guilty verdicts in the second trial,  and the appeals court reversed the convictions.
  • Simmons Foods, Inc. v. Willis, 74 Fed. Appx. 15 (10th Cir. 2003), the court affirmed a summary judgment for attorneys as to a bankruptcy creditor’s fraud and negligence claims.
  • Wright v. Abbott  Labs., Inc., 259 F.3d 1226 (10th Cir. 2001), summary judgment for drug manufacturer on claims arising from the inadvertent administration of concentrated sodium chloride to plaintiff shortly after his birth was affirmed.
  • Kurtzeborn v. Citizens National Bank, 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 20153 (10th Cir. 1997), in an action brought on behalf of a probate estate against a conservator bank and attorneys alleging a failure to bring a proceeding for a wife to elect against her husband’s will and trust resulting in an alleged unfavorable settlement of the probate case, the court affirmed summary judgments for all defendants.
  • Shaw  v. Panasonic Co., 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 26657 (10th Cir. 1996), McIntire v. AT&T Corp., 1996 U.S. App. Lexis 26658 (10th Cir. 1996); Merica v. Apertus Techs., 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 26659 (10th Cir. 1996), Sneath v. AT&T, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 26660 (10th Cir. 1996) affirmed summary judgments on statute of limitations grounds in a number of cases brought by computer keyboard users who complained of repetitive stress injuries.
  • Seymour v. Thornton, 79 F.3d 980 (10th Cir. 1996), breach of fiduciary duty claims against accounting firm  for work done on behalf of a trust was properly dismissed because the trustee was an active wrongdoer and, therefore, barred from seeking indemnification.
  • Jones v. Thompson, 996 F.2d 261 (10th Cir. 1993), dismissal of a law firm due to the client’s refusal to obey the district court’s orders during discovery was affirmed.
  • City of Neodesha v. BP Corp. North America, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91968 (D. Kan. June 15, 2017), in an action alleging violations of city ordinances, relating to disposal of benzene and hydrocarbons, court granted the defendant's motion for judgement on the pleadings and dismissed the plaintiff's claim woth prejudice. 
  • Tect Aerospace Wellington, Inc. v. Thyssenkrupp Materials NA, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40230 (D. Kan. May 12, 2009), in a dispute over a requirements contract for aerospace aluminum alloys, partial summary judgment was entered for the supplier.
  • Epstein v. Wittig, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31078 (D. Kan. December 2, 2005), the court approved the settlement of a derivative action involving a public company.
  • In re Westar Energy, Inc. Securities Litig., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44965 (D. Kan. September 1, 2005), the court approved the settlement of a shareholder’s class action involving a public company.
  • Van Schaack Land Co. v. Hub & Spoke Ranch Co., 244 F. Supp. 2d 1231 (D. Kan. 2003), the court entered partial summary judgment against the owners of a large ranch who breached an exclusive right to sell contract with the real estate agent; subsequently a jury rendered verdict for fraud resulting in an award of commissions, punitive damages, and attorney fees.
  • Indy Lube Investments, L.L.C. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 199 F. Supp. 2d 1114 (D. Kan. 2002), in a case that arose from a failed commercial real estate transaction, the court dismissed plaintiffs fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims.
  • City of Neodesha v. BP Corp. North America, Inc., 50 Kan. App, 2d 731 (2014), review denied (Kan. 2015) in an action involving the release of hydrocarbons and benzene from a refinery, a jury found for the defendant on all claims.  The trial court ordered judgement nothwithstanding the verdict on a strict liability claim. The Kansas Court of Appeals reversed and directed the district court to reinstate the verdict.
  • Law v. Law Co. Bldg Assocs., 42 Kan. App. 2d 278, 210 P.3d 676 (2010) (review pending), court reversed award of summary judgment for defendants on plaintiffs claims for reformation of a contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Sunflower Bank, N.A. v. Airport Red Coach Inn of Wichita, L.L.C.,  2008 Kan. App. Unpub. LEXIS 164 (Kan. App. February 8, 2008), petition for review denied 2008 Kan. LEXIS 380 (Kan., July 2, 2008), the courts affirmed a multimillion dollar judgment for the lender, and an award of attorney fees, in a dispute involving the lender’s financing of a hotel project and whether the lender owed duties to the members of the limited liability company borrower to protect them against the alleged misconduct of the company’s general manager.
  • Harris v. Bank of New York, 2003 Kan. App. LEXIS 877 (Kan.  App. 2003), affirmed Kan. LEXIS 728 (Kan.  2003), summary judgment for an indenture trustee in a bondholder class action was affirmed.
  • Elwell v. Johnson,  2000 Kan. App. LEXIS 33 (Kan. App. February 4, 2000), petition for review denied 2000 Kan. LEXIS 410 (Kan. May 3, 2000), summary judgment were affirmed in part and reversed in part in a legal malpractice case in which a former client and his incompetent wife claimed to have suffered emotional distress as a result the defendant attorney’s assurances that their meritless medical malpractice case had been refilled  when it had not.
  • Abbott v. Woodard, 1998 Kan. App. LEXIS 762 (Kan. App. 1998), the court affirmed summary judgment for attorneys in an action by members of class action lawsuit who complained the settlement of their appeal in the underlying lawsuit was inadequate due to the attorney’s alleged negligence during trial.
  • Hunt v. Dresie, 241 Kan. 647, 740 P.2d 1046 (1987), in a legal malpractice case arising from a malicious prosecution action, the Kansas Supreme Court reversed a summary judgment against the attorneys on the ground that whether the attorneys’ failure to assert an advice of counsel defense constituted negligence had to be submitted to the trier of fact.
  • Calvert v. Garvey Elevators, Inc.,  236 Kan. 570, 694 P.2d 433 (1985),  the Kansas Supreme Court adopted the “fireman’s rule,” holding that a firefighter could not recover for injuries caused by leaking ammonia because public policy precluded recovery against an individual whose negligence created a need for the presence of a firefighter in the firefighter's professional capacity.

Court Admissions

  • Kansas, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1983
  • Kansas Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1983
Honors
  • Warren E. Burger Society, National Cetner for State Courts, 2018
  • Liberty Bell Award, Thirteenth Judicial District Bar Association, 2018
  • Champion of Justice Award, Kansas Appleseed Foundation, 2018
  • William A. Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, 2017
  • Phil Lewis Medal oif Distinction, Kansas Bar Associaiton, 2017
  • Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award, Wichita Bar Association, 2016
  • Kevin Driskill Outstanding State Representative Award, Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2015
  • State Leadership Award, Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2015
  • Distinguished Service Award, Kansas Bar Association, 2014
  • Distinguished Service Award, Kansas Association for Justice, 2013
  • Fellow, American Bar foundaiton (2013)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, 2007
  • Exceptional Performance Citation, Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2011
  • President’s Award, Wichita Bar Association  (2009, 2013)
  • The F. James Robinson Silver Helmet Award for Legislative Advocacy,  Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (2006, 2009, 2013)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2013-Present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2013-Present)
  • Leaders in Service Hall of Fame, Southwestern College, 2009
  • National Award for Board Leadership, Child Welfare League of America, 2002

Professional Memberships

  • Wichita Bar Association (Member, Board of Governors, 2010-2012; Chair, Legislative Committee, 2008-2014; Past Chair, Professionalism Committee; Past Chair, Professional Diversity Committee; Member, Civil Practice Committee)
  • Kansas Bar Association  (KBA) (Chair, Legislative Committee, 2014-Present)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC) (President, 2011; President-Elect, 2010, Secretary, 2009; Chair, Legislative Committee, 2006-2014)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) (Kansas State Representative, 2012-2015; Judicial Task Force, 2015-Present)
  • National Association of Women Judges, "Informed Voters—Fair Judges" Project (Member, National Advisory Committee and Kansas Committee, 2013-Present)
  • Executive Committee, Lawyer's Committee, National Center for State Courts (2015-Present)
  • Kansans for Fair Courts (Chair, Steering Committee, 2015-2016)
  • Knasas Judicial Council (member 2018-present) 

Education

  • Southwestern College, B.A., 1980
  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1983

Community Involvement

  • United Methodist Youthville, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1985-2006, Chair 1990-1991 and 2002-2003)
  • Kansas West Conference United Methodist Church (Past Chair, Higher Education Commission and Commission on Institutional Ministries)

Published Works

  • Co-author with Hon. Barbara J. Pariente, "A New Era for Judicial Retention Elections," 68 Florida Law Review 6 (November 2016)
  • Co-author with Hon. Barbara J. Pariente, "Preserving a Fair and Impartial Judiciary: The Cornerstone of our Democracy," The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 90. No. 5 (May 2016)
  • Co-author with Hon. Barbara J. Pariente, "DRI's Commitment to Fair and Free Courts," Kansas Defense Journal (Summer 2015)
  • Co-author with Hon. Barbara J. Pariente, "Preserving a Fair and impartial Judiciary--the Cornerstone of our Democracy," Voir Dire, Vol. 22, Issue 1 (Spring 2015)
  • "Storm Warning for Courts," Kansas Defense Journal (Late Summer 2013)
  • "Please Be More Specific: Courts Require Specificity when Describing the Alleged Trade Secret," Kansas Defense Journal (Summer 2013)
  • “A Time to Remember—Holocaust Remembrance Day,” DRI’s The Voice, Vol. 12, Issue 14 (April 10, 2013)
  • “Weighing In on Proposed Changes to Judicial Selection in Kansas,” DRI’s The Voice, Vol. 12, Issue 8 (February 27, 2013)
  • “Never Again!” DRI Veteran’s Network Quarterly (February 2013)
  • "Why We Must Keep Faith with Holocaust Witnesses," United Methodist Reporter (September 21, 2012)
  • “Who Needs Social Networking,” Kansas Defense Journal (Fall 2011)
  • “Challenges to Independent and Open Courts,” Kansas Defense Journal
  • “2011 Legislative Update,” Kansas Defense Journal  (Summer 2011)
  • “Pleading Affirmative Defense to Comply with the Twombly/Iqbal Standard,” Kansas Defense Journal  (Winter 2011)
  • “Funding Judicial Elections,” Kansas Defense Journal (2007)
  • “Contorts for Busted Business Deals,” Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (2003)
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in the Record,” Kansas Defense Journal (2001)
  • “If Wishes Were Horses: The Economic Waste Doctrine in Construction Litigation,” Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (2001)
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