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Richard C. "Dick" Hite  |  Partner

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Dick Hite is a founding member and senior partner in the law firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P. He concentrates his legal practice on:

  • Business litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Oil and gas litigation 

Dick also serves as an arbitrator and mediator in business, contract, environmental and professional liability disputes. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; Kansas Supreme Court; and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dick has been listed in Chambers U.S.A, an independent guide to leading business lawyers. He has received an AV® Peer Review Rating in the legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®,* and  has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since its first publication in 1988. Dick has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & KansasSuper Lawyers®, 2006-2017 Editions, and was on the cover of the 2015 edition.

Dick is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar associations. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and the American Bar Foundation. An avid supporter of excellence in the profession, Dick has held a number of leadership roles with these and other legal organizations over the course of his career. Among his contributions, he has served as state chairman of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Wichita Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Committee, and the Kansas Bar Association’s Litigation Section and Legislative Committee; Kansas state delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA); president of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; and president of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel. More recently, he was elected by Kansas lawyers and served eight years as chairman of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

He received a B.S. in business from the University of Kansas and a J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law. He served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force for three years before entering private practice. In 2011, Dick was recognized by his law school alma mater with an honorary Doctor of Law Degree.

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

Areas of Concentration
  • General business and commercial litigation
  • Oil and gas litigation
  • Mediation and arbitration

Court Admissions

  • Kansas Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014, Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Best Lawyers 2013, Wichita Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014, Commercial Litigation Law and Personal Injury Litigation - Defense
  • Ranked by Chambers USA 2013-2017 as a leading lawyer in the practice area of General Commercial Litigation.
  • Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • AV® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®*
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006-2017 Editions
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Honorary Doctor of Law Degree, Washburn University (2011)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Washburn University School of Law (2007)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Wichita Bar Association (2004)
  • William Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (2004)
  • Phil Lewis Medal of Distinction Award, Kansas Bar Association (1995)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Washburn University School of Law (1994)
  • Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award, Wichita Bar Association (1993)
  • Outstanding Service Award, Kansas Bar Association (1973, 1988)

Professional Memberships

  • Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission (Chairman, 2001-2009)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (State Chairman, 1987-1988; Chairman, Committee on Special Problems in the Administration of Justice, 1995-1998);
  • Chairman, Award for Courageous Advocacy Committee, 2004-2008)
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (Executive Committee, 1985-1997; Chairman, Executive Committee, 1991-1993; President, 1993-1995)
  • American Bar Association (ABA) (State Delegate, 1986-1995; Chair, Select Committee of House of Delegates, 1992-1994)
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA) (Chairman, Litigation Section, 1972-1973; Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1983-1986; Member, Board of Governors, 1986-1995)
  • Washburn Law School Association (President, 1990-1992)
  • Wichita Bar Association (Board of Governors, 1991-1993; Chairman, Bench and Bar Committee, 1981-1984)
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (President, 1983-1984)


  • University of Kansas, B.S., 1950
  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1953

Community Involvement

  • Via Christi Health System (Board of Directors, 1995-2009; Chairman, 1999-2002)
  • Via Christi Regional Medical Center (Board of Directors, 1995-2005; Chairman, 1995-1998)
  • Wichita Symphony Society (Board of Directors, 1997-2003)
  • St. Francis Regional Medical Center (Board of Directors, 1982-1995; Chairman, 1994-1995)
  • United Way of the Plains (Board of Directors, 1970-1986; President, 1981)
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.
Court Rules Against Proposed Wind Farm in Northern Sumner County
On September 21, a Sumner County judge issued a ruling in a zoning appeal case that blocks the construction of a proposed wind farm in northern Sumner County.