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Stephen H. Netherton  |  Partner

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Stephen Netherton is an associate with Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P.  He is admitted in Kansas and concentrates his practice on:

  • Civil litigation defense
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Health care law

Stephen's practice focuses on advocating for clients in state and federal court.  At each stage of litigation, from inception of a claim, to trial, and on appeal, Stephen works to efficiently and effectively advance his client's interest.  

From a young age, Stephen knew he wanted to pursue a career in legal service.  He received a B.A.  in Organizational Leadership with minors in Business Administration and Legal Studies from Mid-America Nazarene University, graduating magna cum laude. In addition to his studies, he was also a three-year letterman on the University's baseball team, serving as team captain for his final two seasons.  

Though born and raised in Kansas, Stephen was drawn to Baylor University School of Law for its litigation-focused curriculum. Stephen obtained his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law, graduating cum laude.  He successfully completed Baylor's rigorous Practice Court program--a six-month intensive training in the rules of discovery, trial and evidence, and post-trial practice.  

Stephen was also selected to represent Baylor at several interscholastic advocacy competitions.  In 2012, his team won the national championship at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions in Chicago, Illinois.  Stephen was named Best Advocate at the tournament.  He also won the Baylor Law School's own intrascholastic mock trial competition for third year students.  For his advocacy success during law school, Stephen was admitted to the National Order of Barristers. In addition to his advocacy training, Stephen was selected as an Associate Editor of the Baylor Law Review. 

Since joining Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P. in 2013, Stephen has appeared in state courts across Kansas and federal district court advocating on behalf of his clients.  He has successfully resolved multiple cases through motion practice at the discovery stage, and has first and second chair jury trial experience in state and federal court.  Stephen is also admitted to the Tenth Circuit court of Appeals and has appeared before the Kansas appellate courts to advocate for his clients on appeal. In addition to his civil practice, Stephen successfully completed the CJA Panel Second Chair program and has represented clients in federal criminal matters. 

In addition to his practical experience, Stephen has continued to develop his trial advocacy skills by successfully completing the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy at Stanford Law School in 2017.  

Stephen is also active in the legal community and is a member of the American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association and Wichita Bar Association. He is a member of the Wichita Bar Association's Civil Practice Committee and Medical-Legal Committee. He is also a member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and Defense Research Institute.  In 2017, Stephen was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Federal Bench-Bar Committee, which is comprised of members of the federal judiciary and practicing attorneys to provide general advisory and liaison assistance for the operation of the Kansas federal courts. 

Areas of Concentration
  • Civil litigation
  • Medical malpractice defense
  • Health care law

Court Admissions

  • Kansas, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2013
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014
  • NITA Mock Trial Team, National Champions, Best Advocate, 2012
  • Baylor Law "Top Gun" Mock Trial Champion, 2012
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Award
  • National Order of Barristers

Professional Memberships

  • Wichita Bar Association (2013-Present) Civil Practice Committee and  Medical-Legal Committee
  • Kansas Bar Association (2013-Present)
  • American Bar Association (2013-Present)
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (2013-Present)
  • Defense Research Institute (2013-Present)
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas Bench-Bar Committee


  • Mid-America Nazarene University, B.A., magna cum laude 2009
  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D., cum laude 2013
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