Robinson, Parks, Tibbets, Gribble, Trout, and Netherton Named to the 2023 Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers List.

We are pleased to announce that six of the Hite Fanning Honeyman team have been selected to the 2023 Missouri Kansas  Super Lawyers list. Partners Jim Robinson, Linda Parks, Gaye Tibbets, Don Gribble, Randy Troutt and Stephen Netherton are being recognized for their service in their particular field:

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:

• Peer nominations

• Independent research by Super Lawyers

• Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys

The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys to be used as a resource for both referring attorneys and consumers seeking legal counsel.

Please join us in congratulating our team on their recognition.

For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com

Hite, Fanning & Honeyman recognized as one of the United States Best Law Firms®.

Today, Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected Purely Peer Review® research and recognition company in the legal profession, announced that Hite, Fanning & Honeyman is recognized as one of the United States Best Law Firms®. We are thrilled to be recognized for our work and dedication to the practice of law.

As explained by Best Lawyers Megan Edmonds, “the rankings are based on proven methodology that relies on qualitative and quantitative data on legal skillset, achievements and client successes collected through a submission process managed by Best Lawyers.” This is the fourteenth year for the rankings and a total of 2,202 firms received United States Best Law Firm accolades. 

“These rankings – our first independently published rankings and 14th edition – serve as a true North Star for the industry,” said Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer. “We know that the legal profession–like so many industries today–is undergoing a transformation led by proliferating technology, global demands and evolving social norms. Through these rankings, we can not only identify the gamechangers for law firms today, but also focus on key issues such as integrating AI and addressing DE&I that are positioning them and the profession for future success.”

The 2024 rankings, which are distributed to more than 30,000 C-Suite and in-house counsel through the standalone publication, were evaluated from the largest participation pool to date, which incorporate more than 97,000 client submissions, more than 2.8 million Best Law Firms votes on ballots and more than 13.7 million evaluations of more than 23,000 firms. The rankings highlight a unique combination of high-quality law practices and the full breadth of legal expertise that has always been differentiated by the credibility and transparent rankings process developed by Best Lawyers.

The 2024 Best Law Firms rankings can be accessed at www.bestlawfirms.com.

Briana M. Hogan Joins the Firm as a New Associate

The firm is pleased to announce that Briana Hogan has joined us as an associate. She will be focusing on medical malpractice cases and we know that her science and medical background will serve her clients well. Briana will be working with partner Don Gribble and they will be a great team!

Briana attended Washburn University School of Law and received her Juris Doctorate in 2023. During law school, she served on the Washburn Student Bar Association and was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Corporate Compliance. Brianna also interned with the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts allowing her to increase her knowledge of the medical field.

Prior to law school, she attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe studying biology and chemistry. During her undergraduate academic career, she was a ULM Presidential Scholarship recipient, on the Dean’s and President’s List, and was an officer and member of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. Briana also played 4 years of college softball and was an Academic All-American!

When Briana is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family. In fact, her sister is also an attorney! She also loves playing with her mini-Australian shepherd, Everett and still enjoys playing softball. A new activity is learning to play golf. 

Briana M. Hogan

2024 Best Lawyers Recognize Hite Fanning Honeyman

Hite Fanning Honeyman is proud to announce inclusion on the 2024 list of Best Lawyers in America©. The recognized attorneys are chosen based on peer review of their professional expertise and must be currently practicing. The nationwide list is divided by geographical region and then by practice area.

Member of Hite Fanning Honeyman recognized are:

Don D. Gribble II
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

F. James Robinson, Jr.
Voted the 2024 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation in Banking and Finance in Wichita
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Banking and Finance

Gaye B. Tibbets
Employment Law - Individuals
Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Jon E. Newman
Employment Law - Individuals
Employment Law - Management
Insurance Law
Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Linda S. Parks
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Real Estate Law

Randy J. Troutt
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Richard L. Honeyman
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants


Scott M. Hill - Recognized for the first time in 2024 edition of Best Lawyers
Banking and Finance Law
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

In addition, for the second year in a row, 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch© selected”

Stephen H. Netherton
Health Care Law
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

We are honored to recognize these attorneys and know that our clients are in good hands.

Congratulations to Olivia Black

Associate Olivia Black has been recognized as one of Wichita’s Young Professionals in Legal for 2023. Olivia practices in the areas of civil litigation defense and medical malpractice. A background in the Health Sciences serves her clients well as they navigate the legal system. She is definitely an attorney who brings knowledge and compassion to her work and we are proud to have her on the Hite, Fanning & Honeyman team.

Winning for Kansas Families

The trial team of partners Gaye Tibbets and Don Gribble along with associate Pam Saenz brought home a significant win for an injured Kansas family.  In 2018, a Kansas farmer suffered near fatal injuries in a farming accident.  For four years, international manufacturer CNH Industrial America LLC (a member of the Case New Holland corporate family) denied fault, blamed the farmer, and attempted to avoid any responsibility for the accident.  After a jury trial that lasted more than a week, a federal jury determined that CNH was primarily responsible and rendered a total verdict of $6,477,084.00.  After comparative fault, the net to the farmer and his family exceeded $3,750,000.00.  Once again, the HFH team worked tirelessly against great odds to ensure that firm clients received justice. 

Disclaimer: Every case is different and results may vary.  Past results and outcomes in specific cases do not mean that all cases of similar facts would result in the same outcome. Verdicts may be reduced by fees, expenses and subsequent appeals.  The firm cannot guarantee that any particular result for any type of case.

2022 Super Lawyers

November 15, 2022

The 2022 Super Lawyers have been announced and we are thrilled to be recognized for our work. Super Lawyers, a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. Those recognized as Super Lawyers have not only had significant professional achievements but who are being recognized by peers. Super Lawyers are selected throughout the United States and represent excellence in the profession.

This year we have been notified that the following attorneys from HFH are being recognized:

Don D. Gribble, practices medical malpractice law

Linda S. Parks, one of our attorneys handling business and corporate law

Jim Robinson, bringing his experience to business litigation,

Randy J. Troutt, a well-respected medical malpractice attorney 

Gaye B. Tibbets, brings her non-inconsiderable knowledge to employment and labor clients

Stephen H. Netherton, practices medical malpractice law

Olivia S. Dempsey

Can employers require the Covid-19 vaccine?

Employers are facing some new challenges during the current pandemic that may lead to legal questions. One such concern is if employers can require employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine, especially since it is still in an early phase of approval. Our own Gaye Tibbets was invited to share her thoughts on KAKE-TV recently as local medical staff questioned the legality of requiring the vaccine.
Tibbets explains that, while the pandemic has caused lots of one-of-a-kind situations, the simple answer is yes. Employers can require it as long as legitimate medical conditions and religious beliefs are accommodated and that there is a good business reason for it. Essentially employers such as hospitals and care homes can mandate the vaccine even though it has not been completely  approved by the FDA.

"...it seems obvious, especially with some employers like hospitals or care homes, those places that that is important. That they're trying to minimize a risk with the only tools available now. It's not like people are requiring this vaccination, and there's an approved one available," said Tibbets.

For the entire story, please use the link below.

https://www.kake.com/story/44424028/covid-and-the-workplace-can-employers-legally-make-you-take-a-vaccine-not-yet-fully-approved

HFH Recognized by 2021 Chambers & Partners

Great news! HFH is honored to be recognized by 2021 Chambers & Partners for our attorney's work in General Commercial Litigation. The firm has been named a Band 2 firm, with special acknowledgement of Jim Robinson (Band 1) and Don Gribble (Band 3). Additionally, Gaye Tibbets was named a Band 2 attorney for her Labor & Employment Work. We are so proud of our talented team! Check us out at https://chambers.com/law-firm/hite-fanning-honeyman-llp-usa-5:77574 for Chambers’ profiles on the firm and attorneys.

Evan M. Hathaway

F. James Robinson

Randy J. Troutt

Gaye B. Tibbets

Kelly J. Rundell

Stephen H. Netherton

Bradley J. LaForge

Richard L. Honeyman

Jon E. Newman