Linda Parks serves as managing partner at Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P., a position she has held since the inception of the firm. She focuses her legal practice on the transactional areas of:
She has an AV® Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®,* and has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2006, 2008-2017 Editions and Best Lawyers in America 2012-2018. In 2018, she was named the lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors' rights. Linda is admitted to practice in Kansas State and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Linda is also an AAA arbitrator.
Linda’s approach to the practice of law is to go the extra mile to understand clients’ businesses, goals and challenges. She represents her clients on a wide breadth of subjects and often serves the role of general counsel to them. These clients include companies in the business of:
Banking. In her banking practice, Linda represents financial institutions in the negotiation and preparation of documentation for secured loan transactions, which involve a diverse number of business matters, including real estate, automobile dealerships, golf courses, and professional corporations, ranging from $1 million to $50 million in value. The firm is a member of the Kansas Bankers Association.
Bankruptcy. In the area of bankruptcy law, Linda serves as a Chapter 7 trustee and is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. She has significant experience representing creditors in complex Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy matters. In 1998, she was appointed by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation to serve as the bankruptcy trustee for a securities corporation forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy and facing litigation for approximately $2 million in claims.
Business and Corporate Law. As a complement to her banking and bankruptcy experience, Linda has also built a solid practice in business and corporate law. In this capacity, she assists clients with transactional planning related to the purchase and sale of businesses; contract review and negotiation; and the formation of business entities. She also has extensive experience handling closings, financings, real estate matters, franchise issues, corporate structure alternatives and joint ventures.
Over the years, she has been involved in numerous litigated commercial disputes, including the defense of professional liability claims involving allegations of legal malpractice in corporate transactions.
Among her most recent activities, Linda was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Commission by the chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court to assist with examining the state’s judicial branch and court structure to ensure it operates with optimum efficiency. She is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar Associations; the Kansas Women Attorneys Association; the Wichita Women Attorneys Association; and the American Counsel Association, the oldest private association of independent law firms in the world. She is also a fellow of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Kansas Bar Foundation. Linda is the Kansas State Delegate to the ABA's House of Delegates and her law school alma mater’s board of governors. She is past president of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) and a former member of the organization’s executive committee. Linda has been recognized with outstanding attorney awards from the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the KBA and the Wichita Women Attorneys Association.
In addition to her service to the legal profession, Linda is also active in the community. She is a past president of the Wichita YWCA, which operates a shelter for victims of domestic violence. She was recently awarded the Woman of Distinction Award by Dress for Success.
Linda received her B.A. from Washburn University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Washburn Law School, cum laude, where she was a member of the Washburn Law Journal. On occasion, Linda presents on ethics and career issues to fellow attorneys. She is co-editor of the Kansas Bankruptcy Handbook.
Linda started her career with Kahrs, Nelson, Fanning, Hite & Kellogg in 1983 and was a founding partner with Hite, Fanning & Honeyman when it began business in 2000. She enjoys travel and her various pets.
*AV® is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.