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Overview

Kate values being proactive, whether the issue at hand is day-to-day employment guidance and training or navigating investigations and litigation.

National for-profit and non-profit employers of all sizes, from small organizations to Fortune 100 companies, rely on Kate’s counsel regarding employment matters. She understands that addressing gaps in an employment manual, proactively managing leave and accommodation issues, constructing sound restrictive covenants and providing top-notch training are risk mitigation strategies that can save businesses time and money in the future. But when litigation is necessary, Kate is an experienced and determined advocate for her clients, frequently litigating in state and federal courts and administrative agencies across the country.

Kate seeks to bring clarity to clients in a field where there are often not easy answers. Working frequently with healthcare and education clients, Kate is familiar with a variety of unique interactions and challenges of consumer, patient and student structures across the labor and employment sector. Issues on which she regularly provides practical analysis and guidance include:

  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Title IX and Title VII
  • Workplace investigations involving allegations of harassment and discrimination
  • Reductions in force and workforce redesign programs
  • Employment and severance agreements and restrictive covenants
  • Wage and hour matters
  • Leave and accommodation issues

Kate gets to know each client’s business goals in order to provide long-term legal solutions that align with company culture. Approachable and practical, Kate zeroes in on the pertinent information so clients can make smart decisions and get back to business.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • St. Louis Business Journal, "30 Under 30," 2009

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • magna cum laude
    • Valedictorian
    • Saint Louis University Public Law Review, Managing Editor, 2005-2006; Member, 2004-2005
  • B.S., Missouri State University
    • Elementary Education
    • magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
Featured Experience

Healthcare Employer Wins Summary Judgment in Discrimination Case

Kate won summary judgment on all claims of discrimination and retaliation filed against a large healthcare employer.  Relying on a joint employer theory, the plaintiff alleged that our 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, Kate and the Husch Blackwell team obtained summary judgment on all claims – a complete victory for the client.


Additional Experience

Litigation

  • Successfully defended senior care facility against claims of failing to properly accommodate patient's deafness. Judge dismissed four of plaintiff's claims on successful motion for summary judgment; federal jury returned unanimous defense verdict on remaining six claims.
  • Secured summary judgment on claims of tortious interference filed in Arizona state court by former employee against senior care facility and three individual supervisors.

Compliance Counsel

  • Guided large not-for-profit healthcare organization through internal wage and hour audit that involved review of job descriptions and job classifications for approximately 100 positions within organization to ensure compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Counseled global supplier of water treatment and process chemicals on variety of operational employment issues including restrictive covenant agreements, wage and hour, leave and accommodation, and employee separations.
  • Provided practical employment law advice to faith-based housing and senior services not-for-profit such as proactive training, and navigating workplace investigations and audits.
  • Advised multispecialty medical clinic on provider agreements, restrictive covenants, leave and accommodation, wage and hour, workplace investigations and employee counseling.
Webinar | June 10, 2020
Labor and Employment Virtual Program
Webinar | April 21, 2020
COVID-19: Labor and Employment Issues in Higher Education

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | February 12, 2020
Labor and Employment Seminar - Chicago
Seminars | October 30, 2019
Fall Labor and Employment Seminar - St. Louis
Webinar | May 29, 2019
NHIA Top Personnel Policies to Review and Update in 2019

NHIA Talk Infusion Webinar

Seminars | April 12, 2019
Annual Higher Education Seminar - Chicago
Webinar | January 29, 2019
An Interactive Analysis of Common Scenarios Under the FMLA and ADA

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Webinar | November 14, 2018
Analyze This: An Interactive Analysis of Common Scenarios under FMLA and ADA, November 14, 2018

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Seminars | October 10, 2018
Labor and Employment Seminar Fall 2018

Please join Husch Blackwell attorneys for our fall labor and employment law update.

Webinar | August 21, 2018
Alcohol and Drugs on Campus and in the Workplace

Issues in Higher Education Webinar Series

Seminars | May 23, 2018
Labor and Employment Seminar
Outside the Office

With two little ones at home, Kate spends much of her time outside the office with her family.

One of her favorite things to do is bake, which she does with the “help” of her 2-year-old son. She lets him mix his own ingredients while she follows the actual recipe, but she gives him all the credit when the brownies come out of the oven.

When they get a night out alone, Kate and her husband love going to concerts. They are also honing their barbecue skills.

Community Leadership

Kate has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for almost a decade.

Her little sister, now a high school graduate, has been with Kate for nine years. Kate holds an undergraduate degree in elementary education, so Big Brothers Big Sisters is the perfect outlet for her to nourish her desire to help children while giving back to the community.

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