Robert W. Wise, the senior member of Wise & Reber, grew up on a farm near Ames, Iowa. After graduating from McPherson College in 1956, Mr. Wise received his law degree with honors from George Washington University in 1961. He was a member of the Board of Editors of the George Washington University Law Review. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from McPherson College in 1988. He was a member of the Board of Advisors, National Law Center, George Washington University, 1991-98.
Throughout his career, Mr. Wise has practiced in the areas of litigation, business, banking, trusts and estates, arbitration and mediation, and general practice. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators and a past member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He has served as President of the Kansas Bar Association, Chairman of the Ethics Grievance Committee, Chairman of the Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section, and is a recipient of the Kansas Bar Association Professionalism Award and Outstanding Service Award. He served as the President of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, member of the State Board of Law Examiners, Board of Editors of the Kansas Annual Legal Survey 1991-2008, Defense Research Institute, Kansas Representative, 1980-90, and is a Fellow of the Kansas Bar Foundation (Robert K. Weary Award 2011) and the American Bar Foundation (State Chair, 2008-2011). Mr. Wise was a delegate to the 1990 Moscow Conference on Law and Bilateral Economic Relationships and a delegate to the 1994 China Trade Conference in Beijing, China.
He is a member of the McPherson County, Wichita, Kansas, and American Bar Associations, and is a founding member of the Wesley E. Brown American Inn of Court.
An active participant in his community, Mr. Wise has been past president of the McPherson Industrial Development Company, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of McPherson County.