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Jon E. Newman  |  Partner

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Jon Newman is a partner in the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P., concentrating his practice in the area of employment law, civil litigation and workers compensation. He is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts and the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. Jon has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Employment Law-Individuals and Workers Compensation - Employers.  He was named Best Lawyer's 2014-15 Wichita Workers Compensation - Employers Lawyer of the Year.

Jon represents clients in employment matters in federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies.  He handles all types of employment law issues, including wage and hour violations, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Kansas Wage Payment Act (KWPA).  Jon represents both individuals and corporations, including in the context of class action law suits.  He also handles claims involving discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, harassment, FMLA and other issues.  Jon consults with clients on the front end to avoid costly litigation in the future by ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws.  He assists clients in preparation of employee handbooks and policies, employment contracts, and severance agreements.

Jon handles general civil litigation in both state and federal courts such as personal injury and property loss claims.

He is a frequent lecturer to national, regional and local businesses and legal professionals in Kansas regarding various legal issues. 

A member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar associations since 1995, Jon has also served in various leadership roles. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Kansas Self-Insurers Association, and is a Kansas Representative to the National Workers Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). 

Taking an active role in his community, Jon served on the Kansas Humane Society Board of Directors as Chairman for 2012-2013. In 2005, Jon was selected to receive the Wichita Business Journal "40 Under 40" award for his community and professional accomplishments.

Jon received a B.S. in Journalism from Kansas University and his J.D., with honors, from Washburn University School of Law. While in law school, he worked on a treatise regarding health information management. Prior to attending law school, Jon worked in the advertising and publishing fields. Jon joined Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P. in 1997.

Areas of Concentration
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Workers Compensation

Court Admissions

  • Kansas (1995)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas (1995)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employment law--Individuals (2018-2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Wichita Workers Compensation Law—Employers (2014-2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Workers Compensation Law—Employers (2012-2018)
  • Wichita Business Journal "40 Under 40" honoree for community and professional accomplishments (2005)

Professional Memberships

  • Wichita Bar Association (WBA) (Member:  1995-present); President (2010-2011); President-Elect (2009-2010); Vice President (2007-2008); Secretary/Treasurer (2006-2007); and Board of Governors (2004-2006)
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA) (Member:  1995-present)
  • American Bar Association (ABA) (Member:  1995-present)
  • Wichita Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees (2010-2011)
  • Wichita Young Lawyers Society, President (2001-2002); Vice President (1999-2000)
  • Sedgwick County Law Center LLC, Board of Trustees, Secretary (2009-2011)
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (2012-present)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) (2007-present)
  • Kansas Self-Insurers Association (2002-present)
  • Kansas Representative to the National Workers Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) (2007-2017)


  • University of Kansas, B.S., Journalism, 1990
  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1994

Community Involvement

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Board of Trustees (2005-2007)
  • Kansas Humane Society, Board of Directors (2006-2013); Chairman (2012-2013); and Treasurer (2010-2011)
  • Wichita Downtown Rotary (2017-present) 


  • Navigating the Maze of FLSA Requirements, Kansasa Department of Administration, 2019
  • Employment Law Settlement Agreements: Covering all the Bases, Kansas Bar Association, 2018
  • Settlement Agreements Following Mediation, Kansas Bar Association, 2018
  • Human Resources Issues and Local Government Law, National Business Institute (NBI), 2018
  • Wage and Benefit Issues, National Business Institute (NBI) 2018
  • Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations, National Business Institute (NBI), 2016
  • Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today's Handbooks, National Business Institute (NBI), 2016
  • Telecommuters or Remote Work Force Injuries, Kansas Self-Insurers Association, 2012
  • New Workers Compensation Law Changes in Kansas, Construction Financial Management Association, 2011
  • Update of Kansas Appellate Court Decisions, Kansas Self Insured Association, 2010
  • Casco and Johnson: A View from the Trenches, Kansas Division of Workers Compensation Seminar, 2008
  • Work Disability Compensation in Kansas, Kansas Division of Workers Compensation Seminar, 2004
  • Fundamentals of Work Comp, Sterling Education, 2003
  • Determining Workers’ Compensation Eligibility in Kansas, Lorman Education Services, 2001



  • Kansas Employee Privacy Laws, Thomson Reuters, 2016
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.
Kelly Rundell leads Wesley E. Brown American Inn of Court
Kelly Rundell has been elected president of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court for the 2017-2018 year. The Inn’s 100 members are selected through an application process. The membership is made up of Masters, Barristers and Associates, depending on the attorney’s experience. Kelly is a Master and has been a member of the Inn since its formation in 2008.