Linda s. parks
Our law firm is a limited liability partnership, managed largely by an elected Executive Committee. The committee members are Don Gribble, Scott Hill and Linda Parks. The firm relies heavily on Linda Parks, its managing partner, for day-to-day operational decisions. While Parks claims this means only that she "has the authority to pick out the firm Christmas card," in truth, the firm relies on her to to lead the firm in policymaking and in reaching consensus. Her business skills are invaluable in this position, and her dedication of time to the firm’s administration is key to its success.
To our knowledge, Hite, Fanning & Honeyman is the largest law firm with a female managing partner in the region. And her dedication to the leadership of women in the practice of law has resulted in seven of the firm’s 19 attorneys being women--a significant change from the days when Linda was the only woman at the firm’s previous incarnation and the only female partner for more than 11 years.
Outside the firm, Linda is a known leader, having served as president of the Kansas Bar Association. She has further promoted the leadership of women in the practice with her co-founding of the Kansas Women Attorneys Association in 1994 and her leadership in the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar Associations. Parks has served on the Wichita Bar Association’s Managing Partner’s Committee under that organization’s diversity initiative. That committee spearheaded an effort to develop “best practices” for recruiting and retaining underrepresented groups in Wichita’s firms as associates and partners in significantly higher numbers than in the past.