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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
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.
HFH Attorneys Named in 2020 Best Lawyers
Eight lawyers of the Wichita law firm of Hite Fanning & Honeyman LLP are recognized in the Best Lawyers of America 2020. Additionally, Lawyer of the Year awards are presented annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. HFH’s F. James Robinson was named the 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Wichita in Bet-the Company litigation; Jim was also recognized for commercial litigation, and banking & finance litigation. Other HFH attorneys recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2020 edition are Don Gribble (medical malpractice-defense), Richard Hite (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, mediation and personal injury litigation-defense), Richard Honeyman (personal injury litigation – defense), Jon Newman (employment law-individuals, employment law-management./insurance and workers’ compensation-employers), Linda Parks (bankruptcy creditor and debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law and commercial litigation), Gaye Tibbets (employment law-individuals, employment law management and labor and employment litigation), and Randy Troutt has been ( medical malpractice defense litigation). , Best Lawyers is a peer review publication, seeking the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of colleagues in the same practice area.
F. James Robinson is recognized by legal professionals.
F. James Robinson was inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society. named after the former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Burger Society honors individuals who have used their time, talent and support to further the mission of the National Center for State Court's in exceptional ways.