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Jon E. Newman  |  Partner

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Jon Newman is a partner in the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P., concentrating his practice in the area of employment law, civil litigation and workers compensation. He is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts and the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. Jon has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Employment Law-Individuals and Workers Compensation - Employers.  He was named Best Lawyer's 2014-15 Wichita Workers Compensation - Employers Lawyer of the Year.

Jon represents clients in employment matters in federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies.  He handles all types of employment law issues, including wage and hour violations, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Kansas Wage Payment Act (KWPA).  Jon represents both individuals and corporations, including in the context of class action law suits.  He also handles claims involving discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, harassment, FMLA and other issues.  Jon consults with clients on the front end to avoid costly litigation in the future by ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws.  He assists clients in preparation of employee handbooks and policies, employment contracts, and severance agreements.

Jon handles general civil litigation in both state and federal courts such as personal injury and property loss claims.

He is a frequent lecturer to national, regional and local businesses and legal professionals in Kansas regarding various legal issues. 

A member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar associations since 1995, Jon has also served in various leadership roles. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Kansas Self-Insurers Association, and is a Kansas Representative to the National Workers Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN). 

Taking an active role in his community, Jon served on the Kansas Humane Society Board of Directors as Chairman for 2012-2013. In 2005, Jon was selected to receive the Wichita Business Journal "40 Under 40" award for his community and professional accomplishments.

Jon received a B.S. in Journalism from Kansas University and his J.D., with honors, from Washburn University School of Law. While in law school, he worked on a treatise regarding health information management. Prior to attending law school, Jon worked in the advertising and publishing fields. Jon joined Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P. in 1997.

Areas of Concentration
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Workers Compensation

Court Admissions

  • Kansas (1995)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas (1995)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employment law--Individuals (2018-2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Wichita Workers Compensation Law—Employers (2014-2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Workers Compensation Law—Employers (2012-2018)
  • Wichita Business Journal "40 Under 40" honoree for community and professional accomplishments (2005)

Professional Memberships

  • Wichita Bar Association (WBA) (Member:  1995-present); President (2010-2011); President-Elect (2009-2010); Vice President (2007-2008); Secretary/Treasurer (2006-2007); and Board of Governors (2004-2006)
  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA) (Member:  1995-present)
  • American Bar Association (ABA) (Member:  1995-present)
  • Wichita Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees (2010-2011)
  • Wichita Young Lawyers Society, President (2001-2002); Vice President (1999-2000)
  • Sedgwick County Law Center LLC, Board of Trustees, Secretary (2009-2011)
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (2012-present)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) (2007-present)
  • Kansas Self-Insurers Association (2002-present)
  • Kansas Representative to the National Workers Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) (2007-2017)


  • University of Kansas, B.S., Journalism, 1990
  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1994

Community Involvement

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Board of Trustees (2005-2007)
  • Kansas Humane Society, Board of Directors (2006-2013); Chairman (2012-2013); and Treasurer (2010-2011)
  • Wichita Downtown Rotary (2017-present) 


  • Navigating the Maze of FLSA Requirements, Kansas Department of Administration, 2019
  • Employment Law Settlement Agreements: Covering all the Bases, Kansas Bar Association, 2018
  • Settlement Agreements Following Mediation, Kansas Bar Association, 2018
  • Human Resources Issues and Local Government Law, National Business Institute (NBI), 2018
  • Wage and Benefit Issues, National Business Institute (NBI) 2018
  • Avoiding Wage and Hour Violations, National Business Institute (NBI), 2016
  • Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today's Handbooks, National Business Institute (NBI), 2016
  • Telecommuters or Remote Work Force Injuries, Kansas Self-Insurers Association, 2012
  • New Workers Compensation Law Changes in Kansas, Construction Financial Management Association, 2011
  • Update of Kansas Appellate Court Decisions, Kansas Self Insured Association, 2010
  • Casco and Johnson: A View from the Trenches, Kansas Division of Workers Compensation Seminar, 2008
  • Work Disability Compensation in Kansas, Kansas Division of Workers Compensation Seminar, 2004
  • Fundamentals of Work Comp, Sterling Education, 2003
  • Determining Workers’ Compensation Eligibility in Kansas, Lorman Education Services, 2001



  • Kansas Employee Privacy Laws, Thomson Reuters, 2016
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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.
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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.