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Kelly J. Rundell  |  Of Counsel

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

Kelly Rundell serves as of counsel at the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P.  She is a litigator with extensive experience in the areas of:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Governmental Liability

As a former Deputy City Attorney for the City of Wichita, Kelly spent over 20 years litigating municipal liability, in addition to employment and labor law issues in the government sector.  She also provided ongoing training on various employment law issues to city employees, supervisors and police officers.  Prior to that, she practiced in a private law office setting. Kelly is admitted to practice in Kansas, state and federal courts.

Kelly is regarded as a resource for presentations, publications, and continuing legal education materials on the issues of employment law, ethics, and trial litigation practice.  Her presentations have been heard by members of the bar at CLEs and conferences.  Kelly is an active member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar Associations, the Wichita Women Attorneys Association and the Kansas Women Attorneys Association.  Kelly received the Wichita Bar Association President’s Award in 1993 and the Louise Mattox Attorney of Achievement Award in 2012.  Kelly is currently Affiliate Faculty for Southwestern College, where she teaches courses in negotiatoins, business law and ethics.

In addition to serving the legal community, Kelly is actively involved in the community as well.  She is currently a board member of the Susan G. Komen Kansas Affiliate, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer.  She is also the president-elect of hte Wichita Area Women's Golf Association. She also served on the board of directors of the Wichita YWCA, including as president, and was a member of the Southwestern College Board of Trustees.

Kelly received her B.B.A.summa cum laude, from Southwestern College and her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.  She joined Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. in 2015.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys golfing and painting.  

Areas of Concentration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Government Liability

Court Admissions

  • Kansas, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1987
  • United States Supreme Court, 2002
Honors
  • Louise Mattox Attorney of Acheivement Award, 2012
  • Wichita Bar Association President's Award, 1993

Professional Memberships

  • Wichita Bar Association (1985-present); Board of Governors (1998-2001); served on various committees including, Ethics Committee (2011-present); Civil Practice Committee (1989-1193, 1994-1995, 2000-2002), Chair, CLE Program subcommittee (1994-1995); Bar-o-Meter Committee (1994-1998, 2003-2010), Editor (1995-1997); Legislative Committee (2010-2011); Municipal Practice Committee (1994-1997), Vice-Chair (1994-1995); Public Relations Committee (1998-2005), Race Director, Race for Justice (2001, 2002, 2003); Nominating Committee (1992, 1995, 2004, 2014); Awards Committee (1994, 1996); Chair, Joint Committee of the Civil and Criminal Practice Committees on Jury Pools (1992-1993); Law in Education Committee (1987-1993, 1999-2000); Law Day Committee (1986-1989); Co-Producer, "Ask A Lawyer," television program (1988, 1989); Trial Lawyer Mentoring Project (1991-1993); Bar Show (1987, 1991, 1995, 1999)
  • Kansas Bar Association (1985-present)
  • Kansas Bar Foundation (1999-present)
  • American Bar Association (1985-1992, 2015 -present)
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association (1994-present); Archivist (1995-1996); Annual Meeting Planning Committee (1998-1999, 2008-2009); Newsletter Editor (199-2004); District 7 Representative (2004-2006, 2007-2009)
  • Wichita Women Attorneys Association (1985-present); President (1990-1991); Vice President (1989-1990); Planning Committee for Lindsborg Conference (1994, 1996)
  • Wesley E. Brown Inns of Court, Barrister, Master (2008-present); President (2017-2018); Vice President/President-Elect (2016-2017); Secretary (2015-2016); Program Chair (2013-2014)
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (1988-2013)
  • Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care (2012-2014); Development Committee (2013-2014); Board Member (2014)
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association (1992-2012)
  • City Attorney Assocation of Kansas (1992-2012)
  • Society of Human Resource Managers (2013-2015)
  • Association of Legal Administrators (2015-present)

Education

  • Southwestern College, B.B.A., summa cum laude, 1982
  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1985

Community Involvement

  • Susan G. Komen (Kansas Affiliate) Board of Directors (2013-present); Secretary (2016-present); Chair, Search Committee for Director of Development and Events (2015)
  • Wichita Health and Wellness Coalition (2012-2014); Leadership Team (2013-2014)
  • YWCA Wichita Board of Directors (2006-2012); President (2009); Secretary (2008) Executive Committee (2008-2011); Chair, Search Committee for Executive Director (2009-2010); Chair, Golf Committee (2010-2011)
  • Southwestern College Board of Trustees (1994-2006); Executive Board (2004-2006)
  • Willowbend Ladies Golf Association (2002-present); President (2014-2015); Secretary (2004-2005, 2006-2007)
  • Wichita Area Women's Golf Association (2002- present); President Elect/Vice PResident (2017-2018), Chair, Long Range Planning (2016-2017)

Published Works

  • "What's a Utility to Do With Abandoned Funds?" The Kansas Lifeline (July 2015)
  • "A New Statute of Limitations for Torts in Kansas," Kansas Defense Journal (Fall 2001)
  • "Have You Met K.S.A. 40-275?" Kansas Defense Journal (Summer 2000)
  • "Sexual Harassment Developments," chapter of Kansas Municipal Law Annual, Vol. XVI (1999)
  • "Assignment:  Disciplinary Board Panelist," WBA's Bar-o-Meter (February 1998)
  • "Defending Local Governments," Kansas Defense Journal (December 1997)

Presentations

Recent Continuing Legal Education courses:

  • “Legal Ethics: Attorneys Changing Firm Affiliations,”  May 18, 2017.
  • “Putting in Place Document Retention Programs,” September 21, 2106.
  • “Municipal Employment Relations” and “Local Government and the Law,” June 14, 2016.
  • “Key Ethics Rules Regarding Electronic Communications,”  May 25, 2016.
  • “Civil Rights Issues in Everyday Life,”  April 15, 2016 and January 18, 2013.
  • "Time for Sunshine:  Open Meeting and Open Records," July 16, 2009.
  • “Practical Application of Ethics,” June 12, 2009.

Other Presentations:

  • “Ethics:  Private Lawyer v. Government Lawyer,” City Attorney Association of Kansas, October 7, 2016.
  • “Ethics in the Workplace—Do the Right Thing,” Kansas Rural Water Association, March 29, 2017.
  •  “A Baker’s Dozen for FLSAs, Please!”  Wichita Association of Legal Administrators, August 16, 2016.
  •  “Workplace Violence”  Kansas Rural Water Association, March 31, 2016.
  •  “Loose Lips Sink Law Firms and Other Reminders for a Professional Staff”  KLPI Fall Conference, October 3, 2015.
  •  “Staying Legal While Making Money”  Mountain Plains Museum Association, September 29, 2015.
  • “Ten Things to Worry About—An Employment Law Primer” Kansas Rural Water Association, March 25, 2015.
  • “What is Unlawful Discrimination?”  Training for employees of YWCA of Wichita, January 25, 2011.
  • "Kansas Open Meetings Requirements," Wichita Public Library Board,  December 18, 2007.

Training for City of Wichita employees: "Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," (1994-2011); "Substance Abuse in the Workplace," (1996-2004); Harassment Free Workplace," (2005-2006); “Recent Changes in the ADA”  (2009); Fair Labor Standards Act (1994-1995); and, "Code of Ethics," (2005).

Hite, Fanning & Honeyman lawyers recognized as Best Lawyers in America
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
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/
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.