Forrest James Robinson, Jr.

Forrest James “Jim” Robinson, Jr. is a business litigation partner in the law firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P., in Wichita, Kansas. He received degrees from Southwestern College (1980) and the University of Kansas School of Law (1983).

He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of “bet-the-company litigation” and commercial litigation.  He is recognized by Chambers, U.S.A., as a Tier One lawyer in Kansas commercial litigation, Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star in Kansas” and is included in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers editions from 2008-2018.

He has held leadership positions in Wichita Bar Association (WBA) (Board of Governors, 2010-2012; Chair, Legislative Committee, 2008-2014; Past Chair, Professionalism Committee); Kansas Bar Association (KBA) (Chair, Legislative Committee, 2014-2018), Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (KADC) (President, 2011; Board of Directors, 2004-2015; Chair, Legislative Committee, 2006-2014); and Defense Research Institute (DRI) (Kansas State Representative, 2012-2015; DRI Center for Law and Public Policy’s Judicial Task Force and Issues and Advocacy Committee 2015-present).

In 2018, he was appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Kansas Judicial Council.

He has served as Chair of the Steering Committee of Kansans for Fair Courts. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Lawyer’s Committee of the National Center for State Courts in Washington D.C. and the National Advisory Committee of the National Association of Women Judge’s “Informed Voter’s—Fair Judges” Project.

He has received a Champions of Justice Award from Kansas Appleseed (2018); Liberty Bell Award from the Thirteenth Judicial District Bar Association (2018); William H. Kahrs Lifetime Achievement Award from KADC (2017); Philip H. Lewis Medal of Distinction from KBA (2017); Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award from the WBA (2016); Kevin Driscoll Outstanding State Representative Award from DRI (2015); Distinguished Service Award from KBA (2014); Distinguished Service Award from Kansas Association for Justice, now known as the Kansas Trial Lawyer’s Association (2013); President’s Award from WBA (2009, 2014); Distinguished Service Award from KADC (2007); and the F. James Robinson Silver Helmet Award for legislative work from KADC (2006, 2009, 2013).

In November 2018, he was inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society. The Burger Society honors individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to improving the administration of justice.

In 2002, he received the National Award for Board Leadership from Child Welfare League of America.

He is a member of the Social Sciences Hall of Fame at Southwestern College (2009).

He has written or co-authored numerous articles, including Hon. Barbara J. Pariente & F. James Robinson, Jr., A New Era for Judicial Retention Elections: The Rise of and Defense Against Unfair Political Attacks, 68 Fla. L. Rev. 1529 (2016).

Jim is married to Jennifer Robinson and they have three children.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Hite Fanning is a premier litigation and business law firm committed to helping our clients be successful and solving their toughest problems. This firm’s mission is to provide superior counsel, responsive client care, creative, pragmatic, timely, and cost effective solutions to our clients. We aim to earn our clients’ loyalty by recognizing their goals and working with them to achieve those goals.

At Hite Fanning, we pride ourselves in living up to our core values

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  • We conduct ourselves with professionalism and the highest ethical standard.
  • We attract highly motivated lawyers and staff with diverse backgrounds who are recognized for their talents and skills, ability to thrive in a collegial work enviroment, and commitment to continuous learning and professional growth.
  • We support our profession and the communities in which we practice.

Jason Bock

A lifelong Kansan, Jason Bock received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance, magna cum laude, from Fort Hays State University in 2007. Mr. Bock went on to study law at the University of Kansas School of Law, concentrating in the areas of probate, estate planning, taxation and business. His association with Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch began during law school as part of the firm’s summer associate program. In 2010, after earning his Juris Doctor with certificates in tax and business law, Mr. Bock began his practice with the firm full-time. He became a member of the firm in 2017.

A central focus of Mr. Bock’s professional practice is serving clients in the area of trusts, estates and probate law. In addition to counseling clients about their rights and responsibilities in these areas, he also represents both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in contested matters, advises individuals and families with respect to planning their estates, and guides clients through the process of establishing guardianships and conservatorships for minors or adult family members with diminished capacity. Mr. Bock has also assisted a number of non-profit organizations in obtaining tax-exempt status and navigate the rules governing charitable solicitation.

Mr. Bock’s experience in the courtroom extends beyond the area of trusts and estates, and includes successfully defending a small business owner at trial against a nearly half-million dollar breach of contract claim, obtaining a money judgment for a general contractor in a construction contract dispute, and helping to mount a successful defense to tort claims made against a municipality and its employee. Guided by the principle that litigation should often be employed as a last resort, particularly with respect to estate-related disputes among family members, Mr. Bock is committed to counseling clients to consider sensible and economical solutions outside the courtroom.

Mr. Bock is a member of the American, Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations, as well as the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Bock has presented to lawyers and other legal professionals on topics such as ethics, estate planning and issues in estate litigation. He has also visited with other community and professional groups about the importance and components of a proper estate plan. Mr. Bock was named an Estate Planning and Probate Rising Star in the 2015 edition of Super Lawyers for Missouri and Kansas.

Mr. Bock enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife met in high school and have been married for 14 years. They have two wonderful but sometimes ornery daughters.

The Estate & Trust Law Practice:

Our extensive practice in estate planning, fiduciary and probate law involves planning and administering estates and trusts of all sizes — providing guidance to anticipate and meet changing needs.

Our estate planning and probate attorneys are well-versed in methods available to reduce gift, estate, generation-skipping, inheritance, excise and income taxes to preserve family assets and facilitate transfers of assets, including family businesses, to succeeding generations. We also have extensive experience in retirement income taxation and the elections that can be made with respect to retirement plan distributions.

Estate planning, probate and trust administration often requires knowledge in related practice areas, such as business law and litigation. Our Wichita Kansas law office has the resources readily available to create a team of lawyers with the skills necessary to meet our clients’ needs.

Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch:

Fleeson Gooing is a full-service law firm in Wichita, the largest city in Kansas. Our firm has received the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s “AV” rating, and is listed in Tier One in fifteen different practice areas in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of the best law firms in America. Seventeen of the firm’s members are listed in Best Lawyers® and many more are also listed in Super Lawyers and the Chambers & Partners list of the world’s leading lawyers.

The strength of the firm lies in the skill and expertise of its members, which have achieved a reputation for excellence in virtually every area of the law, including commercial and personal injury litigation, complex class action litigation, white collar civil and criminal defense, commercial and real estate transactions, corporate law and litigation, and estate and tax planning and administration.

The firm has survived and prospered for more than a century because its members share a common vision of what true professionalism requires – commitment to a cause that transcends self-interest. We are proud of the long-term relationships we have established with many of our clients, and look forward to maintaining and strengthening them by always placing our client’s interests first.

Adam M. Mack

Adam Mack, advocate, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and raised in the Great Falls, Montana area. He married his wife Tiffany in 2004, and they have four children together. 

Mr Mack enjoys pursuing outdoor hobbies in his spare time. While the most important part of his life is his family, he is also involved in his church and serves there each week, having also served a two‐year mission for his church in Houston, Texas.

Mr Mack was drawn to the law, and specifically advocacy, from an early age, leading him to earn a BA in Social Work from Brigham Young University in Idaho. During this experience studying and practising as a social worker, his passion for advocacy led him to receive his JD from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS.

Today, Mr Mack’s primary practice areas are bankruptcy and personal injury law; meanwhile, he has gained significant experience representing a broad clientele in family law, estate planning, probate and guardianship, as well as conservatorship. This varied legal scope and wide-ranging experience is combined with a deep understanding and has, over the years, enabled him to adapt to an ever-changing legal landscape. 

He is particularly effective at navigating the complex interplay than can occur across practice areas and their related doctrines, for example bankruptcy and divorce, or bankruptcy and insolvency. The breadth of his expertise in these intersecting areas ensures that his clients are provided with a working understanding of how their actions and legal decisions will impact all areas of their lives.

Moreover, and perhaps most significantly, Mr Mack is truly passionate about owning and working in a law practice, and finds the work professionally and personally engaging, as well as fulfilling. He places an extremely high value on having the opportunity to advocate for his clients, and will always endeavour to arrive at the best and most advantageous outcome.

 

Nanette Turner Kalcik

Nanette Kalcik is a partner in the Wichita office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. She has considerable experience in nationwide complex litigation and has spent her career protecting her clients’ interests throughout the entire litigation process—from pre-litigation consulting through trial and including the appellate process. As an experienced litigator and trial attorney, Ms. Kalcik has represented a wide-range of clients in a variety of matters, including: complex civil litigation, commercial litigation, medical malpractice disputes, tort and personal injury actions, oil and gas litigation, employment disputes, class action claims, municipal law, financial services litigation, and consumer and mortgage finance law. She has experience in bank and mortgage regulatory compliance, including compliance with and litigation involving the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Ms. Kalcik brings a unique perspective to our firm, having clerked for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas for several years after graduation and prior to entering private practice. She then spent the next six years handling litigation around the country, advocating for both plaintiffs and defendants. She joins Lewis Brisbois with almost 10 years of litigation experience and a wealth of knowledge about the various stages of litigation and is able to quickly identify potential pitfalls for clients along the way.

Ms. Kalcik believes in adding value to each case she handles. Her goal in representing clients in litigation is to provide the best representation possible while realistically assessing potential outcomes and risks. She achieves this goal by evaluating a number of considerations in pre-litigation and the early stages of litigation, including client expectations, weaknesses in the client’s position, anticipated fees and costs if litigation is pursued, and the opposing party’s desired outcome. This early assessment process often prevents clients from expending substantial fees and expenses on matters that either should not be litigated because of extraordinarily high risk or because of the opposition’s relatively modest objectives. She has been effective in obtaining early resolution of disputes through strategic and dispositive motion practice or alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Kalcik has practiced and is licensed in Kansas, Illinois, and numerous federal courts.

Firm Overview:

Lewis Brisbois offers legal practice in more than 40 specialties, and a multitude of sub-specialties. Our attorneys have broad knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to our clients’ unique needs. Through interaction among our practice groups, Lewis Brisbois provides a wide range of legal services to each client with a continuity of representation across multiple disciplines. We have built longstanding relationships with corporate and institutional clients based on our ability to provide comprehensive service on a national scale.

At Lewis Brisbois, diversity is an integral part of our firm culture and our daily life. We accomplish diversity not by committee or initiative, but through the honest and consistent practice of hiring the best people for the job and rewarding excellence. The success of these policies is reflected in the fact that Lewis Brisbois has repeatedly received national recognition for its commitment to embracing diversity. Lewis Brisbois is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse group of talented lawyers and staff, and demonstrates that commitment through non-discriminatory hiring, retention and promotion policies. The diversity of Lewis Brisbois’ client base is matched by the diversity of our attorneys.

With offices from Los Angeles to New York and Seattle to Miami, our attorneys reflect the communities in which they live. Lewis Brisbois’ culture has fostered a diverse group of professionals committed to promoting the best interests of our clients, our communities and the legal profession. We support diversity in communities across the nation through new and ongoing relationships with minority and women-owned businesses.

Lewis Brisbois is known for its commitment to principled advocacy, an unflinching work ethic, and unyielding recognition of our duty to provide the highest level of service to our clients, who choose us because we take the time to understand their business interests and internal culture. We have developed sophisticated proprietary risk evaluation and litigation management processes that many of our clients have incorporated into their business practices, and we help them manage and defend claims and litigation. As a result, they are avoiding and reducing losses that impact their bottom line.

Our practice includes pre-suit counseling and problem solving based on a structured and accurate analysis of likely outcome. We know our clients’ objectives are often best served by a pre-suit resolution and we are often judged by the advice and counsel we provide toward that end. However, when trial is the answer and in the client’s best interest, Lewis Brisbois brings to bear the full force of our tenacious and sophisticated litigation prowess, utilizing our nationwide network of attorneys and support staff as well as our considerable technological resources to achieve the best possible results for our clients.