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David M. Rapp

David M. Rapp


Mr. Rapp has practiced law in Wichita for more than four decades with experience handling criminal and civil cases before federal, state, and appellate courts, as well as administrative agencies.


David M. Rapp contact information

Phone: 316-660-6214
Fax: 316-630-8466

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Mr. Rapp is a leader in the litigation practice group at Hinkle Law Firm LLC. He has practiced law in Wichita for more than four decades with experience handling criminal and civil cases before federal, state, and appellate courts, as well as administrative agencies.

David earned his Juris Doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law, after which he began his legal career as an Assistant Kansas Attorney General.

With a history in jury and non-jury trials, and administrative hearings, he brings his extensive experience to clients as a member of Hinkle Law Firm.

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  • Eminent Domain.
  • Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Most Common Types of Ethical Violations Resulting in Complaints Against Criminal Law Practitioners.
  • Ethics in Construction Law Litigation.
  • Professional Responsibility in Representing Society’s Pariahs.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Recognizing Them. Avoiding Them. And What To Do When They Occur.
  • Professional Responsibility in the Areas of State and Federal Issues in Criminal Law.
  • Professional Responsibility Issues for the Trial Lawyer.
  • If You Do the Crime, I Do the Time.


Law and Procedure of Eminent Domain in the Fifty States. Kansas Chapter, ABA Litigation Section. Co-author.

Significant cases

  • City of Wichita v. Kenneth D. Denton & Clear Channel Outdoors Inc. Kansas Supreme Court, 294 P.3d 207 (2007)

  • City of Wichita v. Sealpak Co.,112 P.3d 125 (2005).

  • U.S. v. Nolan, 199 F.3d 1180, 2000 Daily Journal D.A.R. 38 (10th Cir. (Kan.), Dec. 22 1999).

  • Heinrichs v. Peoples Bank, 26 Kan.App.2d 582, 992 P.2d 1241, 41 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 894 (Kan. App., March 19, 1999).

  • Joshua W. v. Board of Educ. of Wichita Public Schools U.S.D. 259, 13 F.Supp.2d 1199, 129 Ed. Law Rep. 335 (D. Kan., Aug. 07, 1998).

  • Diepenbrock v. Board of Educ. U.S.D. 259, 1994 WL 613421 (D. Kan. Oct. 04, 1994).

  • Alexander v. U.S.D. 259, Sedgwick County, State of Kan., 1993 WL 544279 (D. Kan., Dec. 30, 1993).

  • Jantz v. Muci, 976 F.2d 623, 61 USLW 2209, 62 Fair Empl.Pract.Cas. (BNA) 1633, 60 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 41,816, 77 Ed. Law Rep. 1127 (10th Cir. (Kan.), Oct. 09, 1992).

  • Thompson v. U.S.D. 259, Wichita, 16 Kan.App.2d 42, 819 P.2d 1236, 71 Ed. Law Rep. 281 (Kan. App., Aug. 02, 1991).

  • U.S. v. Goad, 739 F.Supp. 1459 (D. Kan., June 26 1990).

Affiliations, Activities & Honors

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Wichita Bar Association
    – Board of Governors (past member)
    – Committees: Ethics and Grievance (Past Chairman), Alternative Dispute Resolution (past chairman), Criminal Law (past member), Medical Legal (past chairman)
  • Kansas Judicial Council Civil Code Advisory Committee (Past Member) 
  • Retired Colonel, Special Forces, U.S. Army Reserves
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2006 – Present (Business Litigation)
  • Best Lawyers 2007 – Present (Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law)
  • Best Lawyers 2020 (Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Best Lawyers’ 2012 Wichita Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers’ 2020 Wichita Appellate Lawyer of the Year
  • Chambers USA 2012 – Present (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations; Mediators Spotlight)
  • Litigation Council of America


  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Wichita State University, B.A., psychology, 1970

Bar Admissions 

  • Kansas Supreme Court
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court