|Linda Parks serves as managing partner at Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P., a position she has held since the inception of the firm. She focuses her legal practice on the transactional areas of:
Business and Corporate
She has an AV® Peer Review Rating in the distinguished legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell®,* and has been selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2006, 2008-2012 Editions and Best Lawyers in America 2012. Linda is admitted to practice in Kansas State and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Linda is also an AAA arbitrator.
Linda’s approach to the practice of law is to go the extra mile to understand clients’ businesses, goals and challenges. She represents her clients on a wide breadth of subjects and often serves the role of general counsel to them. These clients include companies in the business of:
Banking. In her banking practice, Linda represents financial institutions in the negotiation and preparation of documentation for secured loan transactions, which involve a diverse number of business matters, including real estate, automobile dealerships, golf courses, and professional corporations, ranging from $1 million to $50 million in value. The firm is a member of the Kansas Bankers Association.
Bankruptcy. In the area of bankruptcy law, Linda serves as a Chapter 7 trustee and is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. She has significant experience representing creditors in complex Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy matters. In 1998, she was appointed by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation to serve as the bankruptcy trustee for a securities corporation forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy and facing litigation for approximately $2 million in claims.
Business and Corporate Law. As a complement to her banking and bankruptcy experience, Linda has also built a solid practice in business and corporate law. In this capacity, she assists clients with transactional planning related to the purchase and sale of businesses; contract review and negotiation; and the formation of business entities. She also has extensive experience handling closings, financings, real estate matters, franchise issues, corporate structure alternatives and joint ventures.
Over the years, she has been involved in numerous litigated commercial disputes, including the defense of professional liability claims involving allegations of legal malpractice in corporate transactions.
Among her most recent activities, Linda was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Commission by the chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court to assist with examining the state’s judicial branch and court structure to ensure it operates with optimum efficiency. She is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American Bar Associations; the Kansas Women Attorneys Association; the Wichita Women Attorneys Association; and the American Counsel Association, the oldest private association of independent law firms in the world. She is also a fellow of the American Bar Association (ABA) and Kansas Bar Foundation. Linda serves as the Kansas state bar representative for the ABA’s House of Delegates and her law school alma mater’s board of governors. She is past president of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) and a former member of the organization’s executive committee. Linda has been recognized with outstanding attorney awards from the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the KBA and the Wichita Women Attorneys Association.
In addition to her service to the legal profession, Linda is also active in the community. She is the immediate past president of the Wichita YWCA, which operates a shelter for victims of domestic violence. She was recently awarded the Woman of Distinction Award by Dress for Success.
Linda received her B.A. from Washburn University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from Washburn Law School, cum laude, where she was a member of the Washburn Law Journal. On occasion, Linda presents on ethics and career issues to fellow attorneys. She is co-editor of the Kansas Bankruptcy Handbook.
Linda started her career with Kahrs, Nelson, Fanning, Hite & Kellogg in 1983 and was a founding partner with Hite, Fanning & Honeyman when it began business in 2000. She enjoys travel and her various pets.
*AV® is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
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Areas of Concentration
As outside counsel, ongoing representation of provider of financial services in numerous multi-million dollar loan transactions and other general corporate matters.
Representation as bankruptcy trustee in bankruptcy case involving the recovery of approximately $1.5 million (with $500,000 in gold).
Ongoing handling of contractual matters for numerous clients in a variety of business ventures, including construction, manufacturing, oil and gas and real estate.
Representation of large restaurant chain franchisee in the purchase and sale of numerous franchised restaurants.
Represented numerous companies in the formation of business partnerships, including physicians, pharmacies, accountants and trade companies.
Represented Cardwell International, Ltd. for many years until it was sold in a multimillion dollar transaction.
Represented Wichita Greyhound Track, a racetrack, from 1989 to 1997, when the owners sold their interests.
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1995
United States Supreme Court, 2009
Top Rated Lawyer 2013, Banking and Finance Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America 2012; 2014, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation Law
AV® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®*
Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2012 Editions
Best Lawyers in America, 2012
Life Fellow, American Bar Association (ABA)
Fellow, Kansas Bar Foundation
Outstanding Attorney Award, Kansas Women Attorneys Association
Outstanding Service Award, Kansas Bar Association
Louise Mattox Attorney of Achievement Award, Wichita Women Attorneys Association (1997)
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National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (Member, 2004-present)
Kansas Bankers Association (2011-present)
Blue Ribbon Commission (2011)
Wichita Bar Association (WBA)(1983–present) Ethics Committee 1995-2007 and Nominating Committee 1996, 1998, 2000)
Kansas Bar Association(KBA)(Member: 1983-present; President 2007-2008; President-Elect 2006-2007; Vice President 2005-2006; Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors 1999-2005 and 2009 to present as the Kansas Bar Association's delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates; Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors Executive Committee 2001-2008; served on various committees, including Ethics Committee 1998-2007; Law Related Education Committee 1995-present (Chair 1999-2002); Media Committee 1992-1994; and the Annual Meeting Committee (Chair 1998); Fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation since 1994 (Board of Trustees 1999-2001); Board member of Kansas Legal Services Corporation, the for-profit arm of the KBA which sold insurance products to lawyer members)
American Bar Association (ABA) (Member: 1983-present; Kansas State Bar Representative to the House of Delegates 1999-2005 and 2009-present; Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law 2000-2003(Chair of the Paul G. Hearne Award Subcommittee 2000-2003); State Membership Chair 2002-2005; Select Committee of the House of Delegates 2002-2004; Minority Caucus 2002-2005; National Caucus of State Bar Associations 2002-2005)
American Counsel Association (2006-present; Scholarship Committee and Communications Committee, 2009)
Wichita Women Attorneys Association(1985-present; served on various committees)
Kansas Women Attorneys Association(1994-present; founding member and first president of the organization, 1994-1996; active as member of various committees, and as board representative; received Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Circle Attorney of Achievement Award 2000)
National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (2005-2008; Board member)
Washburn Law School Board of Governors (2008-present; Board member)
Washburn University, B.A., 1979
Washburn Law School, J.D., 1983
Wichita YWCA Board of Directors (Director, 2006–Present; President 2010–2012)
Washburn University Alumni Association Board (Director, 2009–2011)
Wichita Greyhound Charities, Inc. (Member, 2000–2007)
Old Cowtown Museum (Member 1991–1998)
President’s College Board (Law Advisor, 2000–2004)
United Way (Member, Allocations Committee, 1990–1994)
Kansas Bankruptcy Handbook, Kansas Bar Association, 2009.
Kansas Bar Association, President's Column 2010-11