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Vince P. Wheeler  |  Of Counsel

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

Vince is a civil litigator with extensive experience in defending personal injury and property loss claims. He has been involved in over 40 jury trials, and has argued appeals in both the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Court of Appeals. In 1993, following the Kansas legislature’s passage of the statutory scheme for imposing punitive damages, he appeared before the Kansas Supreme Court in the watershed case of Smith v. Printup, arguing in support of the constitutionality of the statute, which was upheld. More recently, his arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court led to the Court clarifying state law dating back to the 19th century regarding the damages recoverable by a landowner for property loss. That case, Evenson v. Lilley, is considered a victory for Kansas ranchers who may inadvertently harm a neighbor’s property while conducting controlled burns.

Vince is also known for his writing skills and, aside from many briefs, has authored articles for the Defense Research Institute’s trucking law newsletter, In Transit. In addition, he is an active alumnus of the Kansas Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta, and, together with his family, is involved as a supporter of the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University.

A graduate of Kansas State, Vince wears purple at every opportunity. For three generations, no member of his immediate family has attended college anywhere but Manhattan.

Areas of Concentration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Appellate Practice

Court Admissions

  • Kansas Supreme Court
  • United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas

Professional Memberships

  • Wichita, Kansas and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Kansas Association Defense Counsel

Education

  • Kansas State University, B.S. 1982
  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D. 1985, with honors