Long-time Kansas lawyer inducted into Warren E. Burger Society

Lorri Montgomery
Director of Communications
National Center for State Courts

Long-time Kansas lawyer inducted into Warren E. Burger Society

Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 14, 2018 — Forrest James Robinson, Jr., a seasoned and decorated business litigator with 35 years of experience, is being inducted into the National Center for State Courts’ Warren E. Burger Society.

The Burger Society honors individuals who have used their time, talent, and support to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in exceptional ways. It is named for the former chief justice of the United States who helped found NCSC in 1971. The induction ceremony takes place Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

Robinson, a senior partner in the law firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman in Wichita, Kan., has worked tirelessly to preserve a fair and impartial judiciary, and has stepped forward and taken the lead in countering unwarranted criticisms or intrusions upon the independence of the judiciary.  

Throughout his career, he has devoted himself to improving and defending the judicial system and has assumed numerous leadership roles, such as serving on the Kansas Bar Association’s legislative committee, the Kansas Judicial Council, the Defense Research Institute’s Judicial Task Force, and NCSC’s lawyers committee.  As a member of the lawyers committee, Robinson has provided education on the issues facing the state court systems and has kept committee members aware of challenges that may come to their states.

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 top tier 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.  

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.


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