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.
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