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Gaye B. Tibbets  |  Partner

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Gaye Tibbets is a partner in the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P. Her practice involves trying civil cases, and advising and representing employers and employees in employment law matters.  Gaye is an experienced civil trial lawyer, having tried more than 40 cases to verdict in state and federal courts. She also has nearly 30 years experience in representing parties in administrative proceedings, and has represented both employees and employers in commercial arbitration. Gaye is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts. 

She is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and has an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®.* She has also been recognized by Chambers USA for her work in employment law. 

Representation of Employees.  Gaye represents 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.

Representation of Employers. Gaye has successfully defended employers in trials in both state and federal court. She represents private and public employers in all aspects of employment law matters both within and outside of the courtroom. In addition, she provides training and counsel to employers on a number of topics to help them to avoid potential employment law issues or to defend claims that they violated the law.

Employment law issues that Gaye has been involved with include:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Gender discrimination
  • Racial discrimination
  • Disability discrimination
  • Age discrimination
  • FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Pay disputes
  • Unlawful retaliation or "whistleblowing"
  • Contract dispute
  • Non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Unemployment compensation
  • First Amendment issues
  • Governmental employment issues, including PERB 

Gaye is a frequent lecturer on employment law and trial practice topics, and has been an adjunct professor at Wichita State University. She is an active member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar associations, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association and the Wichita Women Attorneys Association. Gaye received the Wichita Bar Association President’s Award in 2004 and the Louise Maddox Attorney of Achievement award in 2009.

She is active both in the bar association and her community.  Gaye is a member of the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys.  She previously served on the Federal Court Bench Bar Committee.  

She is a member of Kansas Bar Association's Board of Governors and serves on its Nominating Committee.  In the WBA, she is a longtime member of the Ethics Committee and a former member of the Publicity Committee, Legal Intern Committee, Barometer Committee and Civil Practice Committee.

Gaye is currenty the secretary of the board for the 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.  She is also an active member of her church.

Gaye received her B.A., cum laude, in English from Baylor University and her J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Prior to joining Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P. in 2003, Gaye was a member of another Wichita law firm for 13 years and worked at the Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. 

Gaye and her husband have a blended family of five mostly adult children. 

*AV® Preeminent™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.


KBA Young Lawyers’ Newsletter, 2010 “Tips for Dealing with Difficult Counsel in a Deposition"

KBA Annual Survey, Employee Relations Law, 2006

KBA Employment Law Section Newsletter, President’s Column, 2005

Kansas Employment Law Newsletter, M. Lee. Publishers

                   “Dennis Rodman and Title VII,” Vol. 3, Issue 4, July 1996

                   “Having Your Cake and Eating it Too: Is Filing a Claim for Disability Benefits a Bar to A Later ADA Lawsuit?” Vol. 2, Issue 6, September 1995

              “Potential Effect of Recent Employment Legislation on Rights of Pregnant Employees” Vol. 2, Issue 6, September 1995

Sample Presentations


Kansas Bar Association

  • 2007   KBA/KTLA “Under the Umbrella: A Lawyer’s Response to the Storms (Rip-offs, Scams and Frauds)”
  • 2005    KBA Annual Meeting, “Employment Law”
  • 2005    KBA Annual Employment Law Institute, “Recent Supreme Court Cases”
  • 2003    KBA Annual Employment Law Institute, “Recent Supreme Court Cases”
  • 1999    KBA Summary Judgment “Defense Perspective”

Kansas Women Attorneys Association

  • 2012 Lindsborg Conference, "The Ethics of Practicing on the Edge:New Issues in Cross Practice Representation"
  • 2010 Lindsborg Conference, “Why Can’t We Be Friends? Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media”
  • 2009    Lindsborg Conference, “Gender Pay Legislation: Will a Change in                                                  Administration Mean More Change in Women’s Purses?”
  • 2003    Lindsborg Conference, “Leaves of Absence”
  • 1998    Lindsborg Conference, “Employment Law for Small Businesses”

Kansas Association Defense Counsel

  • 2009    “You Must Be This Tall To Ride This Ride: Twists and Turns in                     Employment Law During the Obama Administration”

Wichita Bar Association

  • 2010    "Trial Advocacy in Bankruptcy Courts"
  • 2003    “Ethics Considerations in Appellate Practice”
  • 2000    “Americans With Disabilities Act Update”

Kansas Association of Legal Assistants

  • 2009    Annual Conference, "Gender Pay Legislation"
  • 2002    Annual Conference, “Using Legal Training for Advocacy”
  • 1999    Annual Conference, “Conducting Internal Investigations”

Kansas Association of Legal Professionals

  • 2010    Annual Conference, "Tenth Circuit Appeals"

Sanborn Certification Institute, Hugo Wall School of Government, WSU

  • 2006    Human Resource Practices
  • 2005    Human Resource Practices
  • 2004    Human Resource Practices

Lorman Education Institute

  • 2004    Leaves of Absence

Wichita Young Presidents’ Association

  • 2011    Sex Harassment Mock Trial Presentation


Court Admissions

  • Kansas, 1987
  • Texas (inactive), 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1987
  • United States Supreme Court, 2009
Areas of Concentration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Consumer Protection
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Employment Law - Employer
  • Employment Law  - Employee
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment Law
  • Best Lawyers 2013, Wichita Employment Law – Individuals "Lawyer of the Year"
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2011
  • Chambers USA 2013, Leading Lawyer in the practice area of Labor and Employment.
  • Chambers USA 2011
  • AV®Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Louise Maddox Attorney of Achievement award (2009)
  • WBA President’s Award (2004)


  • Baylor University, B.A., cum laude, English, 1982
  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law, J.D., 1986

Professional Memberships

  • Wichita Bar Association (WBA) (Member:  1987-Present); Public Relations (2001-2005) and Chair (2003-2005); Summer Intern Committee (2000); BarOMeter (1989-1996) and Associate Editor (1994); Ethics Committee (2004-Present); and received President’s Award (2004)
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA) (Member:  1987-Present); Nominating Committee (2003-Present); and Employment Law Section President (2004)
  • American Bar Association (ABA) (Member:  1987-Present)
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association (Member:  1987-Present); Chair Lindsborg Committee (2004); President (2016-Present)
  • Wichita Women Attorneys Association (Member:  1988-Present); Executive Committee (2000-2003)
  • Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Board of Directors (2009-Present)
  • Federal Court Bench/Bar Committee (2010-Present)
  • Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys (2014-Present)

Community Groups

Wichita Family Crisis Center, Board of Directors (2011-Present)

Community Advisory Board, Wichita State University Center for Women's Studies, 2000-2006 (Vice-President, 2004)

College Hill United Methodist Church (1995-Present)

Hutchinson Theatre Guild, Board Member (2015-Present)

Urban League of Kansas, Board Member (2016-Present)

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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.
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.