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Richard L. "Dick" Honeyman  |  Partner

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Dick is a founding partner in the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P. He practices principally in the area of civil litigation. He frequently serves as an ADR mediator for cases pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas and the Eighteenth Judicial District of the State of Kansas. Dick is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th District.

He has been listed in Chambers U.S.A, an independent guide to leading business lawyers. He has received an AV® Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®,* and has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2007-2018 Editions.

Throughout his 50+ year career, Dick has represented clients in a wide range of industries in civil litigation and personal injury defense. Dick has remained active in the legal community since his admission to the bar in 1964. He has also been recognized for his many contributions to the field, being named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).

He is a member of the Wichita and Kansas Bar associations, and Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC), all for which he has served previously on the board of governors. Dick is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and was selected to be the Wichita member for the Association of Defense Trial Lawyers, a role he has held since 1998. He has taken on numerous leadership roles over the years, including serving as president of the Kansas Bar Association's (KBA) Litigation Section and the Wichita Bar Association (WBA). Dick is a frequent lecturer at CLEs on litigation topics. He received his A.B. from Wichita State University and his LL.B. from Washburn University.

In the community, Dick is past chairman of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC), which aims to enhance the economic vitality of the downtown area. He is also past president of the Wichita Festivals, Inc. board of directors and secretary of the Starkey Foundation. A longtime supporter of the arts, Dick recently concluded a five-year term as chairman of Orpheum Performing Arts Center and is a past director for the Wichita Community Theatre and Wichita Music Theatre.

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

Areas of Concentration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Mediation

Court Admissions

  • Kansas, 1964
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1964
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014-2017, Personal Injury Litigation Law - Defense
  • Best Lawyers in America 2017, Personal Injury Litigation Law - Defense "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, 2014
  • Ranked by Chambers USA 2013-present, as a leading lawyer in the practice area of General Commercial Litigation.
  • Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • AV® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®*
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2007-2016 Editions
  • Fellow, Kansas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (1995-Present)
  • President’s Award, Wichita Bar Association (1987)
  • Howard Kline Distinguished Service Award, Wichita Bar Association

Professional Memberships

  • Kansas Bar Association (KBA) (1964-Present; President, Litigation Section, 1979; Board of Governors, 1994-1998)
  • Wichita Bar Association (WBA) (President, 1989-1990; Board of Governors, 1994-1996)
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC) (Board of Governors, 1987-1990)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) (State Chair, 2000-2002)
  • Association of Defense Trial Lawyers (Wichita Representative, 1998-Present)
  • Wichita Young Lawyers Association (President, 1972)


  • Wichita State University, A.B., 1961
  • Washburn University, LL.B., 1964

Community Involvement

  • Starkey Foundation (Secretary, 2008-Present)
  • Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) (Chairman, 2010-2011; Board of Directors, 2005-Present)
  • Wichita Festivals, Inc. (2006-2013; President, Board of Directors, 2006-2013)
  • Orpheum Performing Arts Center (Chairman, 2005-2010; Executive Board and Board of Governors, 1995-2010)
  • Wichita Bar Show (Producer, 1983-2007)
  • Wichita Music Theatre (Board of Directors, 1998-2004)
  • Washburn University School of Law (Board of Governors, 1994-2001)
  • Wichita Community Theatre (Board of Directors)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Preparing an Ephedra Case for Trial Part II:  The Defense Perspective,” Mealey’s Ephedra Litigation Conference (2003)
  • “Preparing a PPA or Ephedra Case for Trial, Causation, and How to Handle Other Contributing Factors,” Mealey’s PPA & Ephedra Litigation Conference (2002)
  • “Investigative Techniques & Preparing for Trial,” Kansas Paralegal Association (1999)
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.
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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.