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"She gives practical advice about difficult situations and has a very calm and straightforward way of communicating. She is also effective in negotiations with plaintiff lawyers."

Client Feedback, Chambers USA, 2019

Overview

Julianne is an accomplished litigator and advisor who has a deep understanding of the challenges employers face.

In addition to trying cases in state and federal court, Julianne provides strategic counsel to clients navigating the ever-changing landscape of labor and employment law. She believes employers can often avoid problems by being proactive. She offers guidance on laws involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation; advises on leave issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and counsels on wage and hour compliance. She advises clients across a wide variety of industries, including the emerging cannabis and industrial hemp sector.

She knows that employment disputes distract clients from fulfilling the mission of their business – providing excellent products and services for their customers.

Experienced in effective dispute resolution procedures, Julianne also represents employers in mediation and arbitrations. She drafts and litigates employment agreements and restrictive covenants and regularly conducts human resources audits and training to ensure effective HR practices. She also has significant experience in investigating all types of workplace misconduct and advises clients on strategies to minimize risk.

Julianne is a member of the firm’s Executive Board.

"She gives practical advice about difficult situations and has a very calm and straightforward way of communicating. She is also effective in negotiations with plaintiff lawyers."

Client Feedback, Chambers USA, 2019


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Services

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star - Midwest, 2019-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2021
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2019-2020; Recognised Practitioner, 2018
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2018-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2018 Women's Justice Awards
  • “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys,” Human Resource Executive magazine/Lawdragon, 2018-19

Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
  • B.A., University of Virginia

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
Featured Experience

Employer Wins Total Defense Victory in Discrimination Case

Julianne won a trial victory for an employer that was sued by a former director-level employee who alleged 20 claims under state and federal anti-discrimination laws (Title VII, Section 1981, the Equal Pay Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act) and state tort claims for defamation and invasion of privacy and publicity. The employee alleged discrimination and harassment based on gender, religion, race and national origin, as well as retaliation. Before trial, upon the employer’s motion, the court disposed of 13 claims. Following a week-long trial, the federal jury found in the employer’s favor on all seven remaining claims of gender, race and national origin discrimination and retaliation under federal law.


Additional Experience
  • Won summary judgment in favor of hospital in multimillion-dollar case by employed physician alleging discrimination based on race and religion and retaliation in plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction.
  • Achieved affirmation of dismissal from Eighth Circuit of consolidated class and collective action against defendant in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case involving employment contracts and training.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant financial services employer in putative class action case alleging violations of the Indiana Wage Payment Act based on timing of bonus payments.
  • Defended medical practice and its 11 physician shareholders in $15 million lawsuit filed by former employee and shareholder after client's internal investigation established plaintiff had behaved inappropriately with two female employees. Obtained summary judgment on all but one claim. At trial, jury awarded plaintiff the lesser amount of stipulated damages and awarded judgment in client's favor on related indemnification claim, as well as client attorneys' fees and expenses.
  • Defended major tax service company in lawsuit filed by former employee who alleged company had breached her employment agreement, terminated her in violation of public policy and denied her bonuses, commissions and overtime when it terminated her employment. Obtained summary judgment in client's favor in trial court, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Defended group of nursing homes and their management company in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit where plaintiffs alleged they missed meal breaks that were automatically deducted from their pay. Achieved favorable outcome for client.
  • Defended long-term care facility in sexual harassment claim brought by kitchen employee against department manager, which included allegations of sexual misconduct by director of the facility. Achieved favorable resolution for client.
  • Defended hospital in whistleblower and discrimination claim brought by former nurse alleging understaffing following termination of her employment for poor work performance. Achieved favorable outcome for client.
  • Advised hospitals and other healthcare clients on variety of state and federal wage and hour issues, including lunch breaks, travel time and overtime.
Media Mentions | June 19, 2020
Kansas City Business Journal: Husch lawyer: LGBTQ ruling is groundbreaking, but gray areas remain

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County created a landmark decision protecting homosexual or transgender employment, but it leaves questions unanswered.

News Releases | October 01, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

News Releases | April 29, 2019
Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 33 Attorneys Recognized

Attorneys in 10 offices across the firm's footprint are recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA

News Releases | March 25, 2019
Human Resource Executive, Lawdragon Recognize Julianne Story among Leading Employment Lawyers

The HRE/Lawdragon annual listing honors lawyers who stand out for their ability to guide employers through the constantly evolving laws governing the workplace. 

News Releases | November 14, 2018
Thomson Reuters' Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 Names 58 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has 58 attorneys in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

News Releases | October 11, 2018
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 28 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell is recognized as a top litigation firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, with 28 attorneys across six offices listed.

Media Mentions | September 30, 2018
Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight: Julianne Story

Julianne Story can argue with the best of them, as her courtroom record makes clear. But the Husch Blackwell partner believes that “being a good listener” is the foundation of her client service that aims to provide more comprehensive and valuable solutions for businesses.

News Releases | June 20, 2018
Husch Blackwell's Story Named to Most Powerful Employment Attorney List

Julianne Story is recognized as being among the top 100 employment lawyers in the U.S. by Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive magazine.

News Releases | May 03, 2018
Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Husch Blackwell in 10 Areas of Law; 37 Attorneys Recognized

Husch Blackwell is well represented in the 2018 Chambers USA directory.

News Releases | May 01, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women's Justice Awards 2018 Litigation Practitioner: Julianne P. Story

Julianne Story is profiled as one of the recipients of the 2018 Women’s Justice Awards from Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

News Releases | March 20, 2018
Julianne Story Honored With Women's Justice Award

Julianne Story is one of 51 statewide Women's Justice Awards honorees for 2018.

Media Mentions | March 16, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly: 2018 Women's Justice Awards - Julianne Story

Julianne Story receives a Litigation Practitioners award, which honors litigators who have made their careers in the courtroom.

Community Leadership
  • Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Board Member, 2015-present
  • Pembroke Hill School, Alumni Network Member, 2007-present

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