Partner Gaye Tibbets’ mother, a married mother of one, was fired from her job an as elementary school teacher in 1962 because she was pregnant and pregnant women were not allowed to teach. This was before workplace laws that protect employees from discrimination. All her life, Gaye knew that her mother’s teaching career was not cut short for lack of talent, but by discrimination and lack of opportunity. It’s no surprise that she dedicated her career to workplace fairness.
Gaye is a partner in the firm and enjoys trying civil cases, as well as advising and representing employers and employees in employment law matters. She has tried more than 40 cases to verdict in state and federal courts and also has nearly 30 years experience in representing parties in administrative proceedings and has represented both employees and employers in commercial arbitration.
Gaye steps up to represent individuals against their employers or former employers in court or administrative tribunals. When litigation has not been filed, she assists them in the negotiation of disputes including severance agreements, pay disputes, and covenants not to compete. She has helped more than one hundred employees resolve or litigate disputes with their employers. She also has successfully defended employers in trials in both state and federal court, representing both private and public employers in all aspects of employment law matters both within and outside of the courtroom.
She is active both in the bar association and her community. Gaye is currently the secretary of the board for the Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and is a member of the Urban League of Kansas. She has served on Community Council Advisory Board for the Wichita State University Center for Women's Studies and serves on the Board of Directors at the Wichita Family Crisis Center.
Gaye and her husband, Ron, have a blended family of five adult children and they are both active in the theatre community and enjoy performing on the stage. It’s no wonder she shines in the courtroom with her talent for accurately telling a story.
Undergrad: B.A. Baylor University, 1982 cum laude
Law School: University of Texas, 1986
Year Started Practicing: 1986
Year Started with Hite, Fanning & Honeyman: 2009
Kansas Bar Association
Women Who Lead, WBJ 2021
Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Award 2021
Super Lawyer 2016-present