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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
HFH named a 2018 Best Law Firm
Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P. has been named a 2018 "Best Law Firm" in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Insurance Law, Banking and Finance Litigation, Medical Malpractice (defendants), defense of Personal Injury Litigation (defendants), and Workers' Compensation Law (employers). This recognition...
Hite, Fanning & Honeyman lawyers recognized as Best Lawyers in America
Linda Parks was named the 2018 Lawyer of the Year in the area of bankruptcy and creditor rights/insolvency and Gaye Tibbets was named the 2018 Lawyer of the Year in the area of employment and labor litigation, by Best Lawyers in America. The following lawyers from Hite, Fanning & Honeyman have also been recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2018: Other HFH attorneys are included in the Best Lawyers in America 2018 edition. The attorneys selected were Art Chalmers (insurance law), Don Gribble (medical malpractice-defense), Jim Robinson (commercial litigation, bet-the-company litigation, banking & finance litigation), Jon Newman (workers’ compensation-employers), Randy Troutt (medical malpractice-defense), Richard Honeyman (personal injury litigation – defense) and Richard Hite (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation-defense). 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. For more information, https://www.bestlawyers.com/Search?query=hite%2C%20fanning%20%26%20honeyman
The Kansas Bar Association named F. James Robinson the 2017 recipient of the Phil Lewis Medal of Distinction. He was also presented with the 2017 Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.
The Kansas Association of Defense Counsel presented F. James Robinson with the Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the KADC’s highest honor, given only to those individuals with a distinguished legal and public service career. Aside from being a highly regarded attorney, Jim serves as a leader in the educating others of the role of an independent judiciary. The award was presented during the KADC's annual conference in December 2017.