Deborah B. Mcllhenny
Deborah B. McIlhenny, known as “Debs,” is the child of a career
Air Force family and wife of a retired General. A mostly-Southern girl,
she got an English, Language, and Writing degree from Valdosta State College
[GA ‘77] and a law degree from Valparaiso University [IN ‘98].
She joined Hutton & Hutton Law Firm in 1998.
Nationwide, Debs litigates plaintiff’s civil, complex litigation
in constitutional and consumer rights, antitrust and price fixing, pharmaceutical
and medical device mass torts, and personal injury and other torts. Some
of her clients are small businesses.
Debs is a member of the Wichita, Kansas, and American Bar Associations,
and the American Association for Justice. She serves on the WBA Board
of Governors and Continuing Legal Education Committee; and the Sedgwick
County Ethics & Grievance Committee [since 2005; Sec’y since
2009]. Debs organizes and teaches ethics continuing legal education, and
volunteers for the WBA Speakers for Schools program. She is a former member
[2009-15] and officer [Treas. 2010-11] of the Wesley E. Brown American
Inn of Court. In 2010, she served on the Federal Magistrate Judicial Merit
Selection Panel for the Kansas federal court. She is Secretary/VP of the
Board for ChumpCar International, Inc. [since 2014].
A frustrated thespian, Debs is a “regular” singer/actor in
the Wichita Bar Show musical revue associated with the Kansas Bar Association
traveling convention. A former, federally-licensed gun dealer, Debs enjoys
shooting skeet and sporting clays, and annually organizes the WBA Judges’
Day Sporting Clays event.
Debs contributes to the community. Committed to the military, Debs gives
her time to the JROTC Corps Commander Selection Board for U.S.D. 259 [since
2009] and the Military Academy Nominating Board for the Fourth Congressional
District of Kansas [since 2007]. She speaks publicly on patriotic, inspirational,
and constitutional issues; sings The National Anthem at various venues;
and performs regularly with the all-volunteer Wichita Symphony Orchestra
Chorus [since 1982].
When not working or volunteering, Debs races cars; plays piano and bridge;
shoots; gardens; savors fine wine; and dotes on her golden retriever,
Ms. Mcllhenny is admitted to practice in the Kansas State and Federal Courts,
the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 9th
and 10th Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.