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Overview

Carrie’s insights into the day-to-day workings and HR management of an organization make her a valuable asset to clients.

Before law school, Carrie worked as a human resources professional at a university. She brings that insider’s perspective to her labor and employment practice, helping her anticipate issues and reduce liability.

Carrie focuses on HR counseling and compliance, including auditing and drafting employee handbooks and policies. Her practice extends to litigation, especially defense of claims related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA), Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Her measured approach and desire for practical solutions assure clients that Carrie always has their goals and bottom line in mind. Employers want what is best for their employees while also advancing their businesses objectives, and Carrie works to help clients achieve both.

Carrie is the leader of the firm’s NextGen committee, which helps newer attorneys maximize their experience by getting involved in firm initiatives, programming, training and events.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation: Defense, Rising Star, 2018

Education

  • J.D., University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
    • Order of St. Ives
    • Clinical Practice Award, University of Denver Litigation Clinic
    • Denver University Law Review, Articles Editor
    • Natural Resources Environmental Law Society, Co-President
    • Scholastic Excellence Awards (Torts and Alternative Dispute Resolution)
    • Ulrich Scholarship
  • B.A., Denison University
    • German and Religion
    • magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Colorado

Clerkship

Judge William W. Hood, Denver District Court for the State of Colorado

Languages

  • German, Proficient
  • Dutch, Proficient
Featured Case Study

Healthcare Employer Wins Summary Judgment in Discrimination Claim

Relying on a joint employer theory, the plaintiff alleged that our healthcare client discriminated against her under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) based on an alleged disability and retaliated against her for taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The plaintiff’s husband also filed a claim for loss of consortium against our client.

Strategically deciding to move for summary judgment on the underlying claims rather than the joint employer theory, Carrie and the Husch Blackwell team obtained summary judgment on all claims – a complete victory for the client.


Additional Experience
  • Advised large dental technology company on complete company restructuring, including large reduction in force and changes in leadership.
  • Represented many clients in single-employee discrimination cases, many of which were dismissed on summary judgment.
  • Successfully arbitrated labor contract with large union, allowing client to continue staffing practices that resulted in large cost savings.
Outside the Office

Carrie loves to ride bikes.

She is into all kinds of biking: road cycling, mountain biking and towing her children behind her bike in a trailer. Carrie also loves playing with her kids in their backyard and dreaming up art projects for them to work on together.

Community Leadership

Carrie frequently donates time and legal counsel through her pro bono work for the Missouri Coalition for Right to Counsel. She helps ease the load for the state’s public defenders by handling overflow criminal cases, making a real-world impact for defendants who can’t afford to help themselves.

  • Kirkwood Children’s House Montessori Preschool, Volunteer