The Foundation's board of trustees created the Weary Award in 2000 to recognize "lawyers or law firms for their exemplary service and commitment to the goals of the Kansas Bar Foundation." Weary was the initial recipient of the award—despite objections—for his decades of service to the community, the Foundation and the legal profession in Kansas.
David J. Rebein is a Kansas native and a recognized trial lawyer who has spent over 35 years advocating for individuals to obtain justice through our civil court system. He has tried thousands of cases and represented Fortune 500 companies as well as individuals in personal injury cases. He led his firm to be recognized by the highly coveted and competitive U.S. News and World Report’s, ‘Best Law Firms in America.’
David began his legal career in 1980 when he joined the Mangan, Dalton and Trenkle law firm in Dodge City, Kansas. David later co-founded his former law firm, Rebein Bangerter P.A. In 2010, he merged firms with his brother, distinguished trial attorney Paul Rebein, to form Rebein Brothers law firm.
For 10 years in a row, David has been recognized and rated as a ‘Top 100 Attorney’ by Super Lawyers, a highly regarded rating service based on peer recognition and professional achievement. David has been named a Fellow of the prestigious American Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the nation. He is an invited member of the Million-Dollar Advocates Forum and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Through his work, David has earned the respect of his peers and a reputation as a skillful and ethical trial attorney, which has garnered him national recognition with the highest possible peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
David is a past-president of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) and is a recent recipient of the KBA Distinguished Service Award. He is the immediate past-president of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association and has been recognized repeatedly by Best Lawyers in America for his work as a trial lawyer.
In July of 2014, David was appointed to be one of nine members on the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission. The board is responsible for recommending qualified individuals for appointment to the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Court of Appeals.
David and his wife, Bernice, are both active in numerous organizations in the Dodge City community where they raised their two sons. David was inducted into the 2017 Dodge City Community College Hall of Fame for Outstanding Volunteer Service.
David received his Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from Washburn University and his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. He remains actively involved in both colleges. He has been honored by the Washburn University School of Law with the prestigious Honorary Life Membership Award for providing exemplary service to his profession, community and law school. He also accepted an appointment to serve on the Kansas University Law School Board of Governors.
David is licensed to practice law in Kansas and Florida and continues to represent clients with passion and the highest degree of professionalism and dedication.=View Past Recipients
Central National Bank is recognized as an Outstanding IOLTA Partner for 2017. With branches from Hays to Kansas City, Central National Bank helps meet the needs of Kansas attorneys by providing IOLTA trust accounts. Working together, Central National Bank, attorneys and the Kansas Bar Foundation are improving access to justice in Kansas through the IOLTA program.
Central Bank of the Midwest is recognized as an Outstanding IOLTA Partner for 2017. With branches in central and eastern Kansas, Central Bank of the Midwest helps meet the needs of Kansas attorneys by providing IOLTA trust accounts. Working together, Central Bank of the Midwest, attorneys and the Kansas Bar Foundation are improving access to justice in Kansas through the IOLTA program.