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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 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 Business Law and Ethics in the MBA program.

In addition to serving the legal community, Kelly is actively involved in her 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 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, painting and throwing pottery.  When she’s not hitting the irons or creating a masterpiece, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and their pets.

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-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); 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); Secretary (2008); President (2009); 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)

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)

Sample Presentations

Wichita Bar Association

  • "Civil Rights Issues in Everyday Life," CLE (January 18, 2013)
  • "Jury Selection:  Past, Present & Future," CLE (May 5, 1995)
  • "Evidentiary Objections," CLE (February 26, 1993)

Kansas Bar Association

  • "Electronic Discovery and Document Retention," CLE (January 20, 2006)
  • "Litigation Practice:  Injunctions," CLE (October 20, 1995)

Wichita Women Attorneys Association

  • "Practical Applications of Ethics," CLE (June 12, 2009)
  • "Ethics:  Government v. Private Practice," CLE (June 16, 2006)

Kansas Women Attorneys Association

  • "Time for Sunshine:  Open Meeting and Open Records," CLE (July 16, 2009)
  • "Ethical Issues and Solutions to Gender Bias in the Law," CLE (July 24, 1999)
  • "Kansas Tort Claims Act," CLE (July 27, 1996)
  • "Jury Sources and Voir Dire," CLE (July 9, 1993)

City of Wichita

  • "Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," City Employee Training (1994-2011)
  • "Kansas Open Meetings Requirements," Wichita Public Library Board Training (December 18, 2007)
  • "Harassment Free Workplace," Wichita Police Officer Training (2006)
  • "Code of Ethics," City Employee Training (November 2005)
  • "EEO Issues for Police Supervisors," Wichita Police Officer Training (2005)
  • "Substance Abuse in the Workplace," City Employee Training (1996-2004)