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Overview

Clients look to Kat for answers regarding labor and employment matters.

An assertive advocate, Kat represents clients in a variety of matters, including discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and hour disputes, and other employment-related conflicts. Thanks to her prior work with labor organizations, Kat also has an extensive background in arbitration and negotiation. With ever-expanding litigation costs, she understands that alternative dispute resolution is vital to obtain favorable outcomes with limited expense.

Kat’s experience representing labor organizations also allows her to provide clients with invaluable insight regarding internal union strategy on a variety of topics, including organization efforts, unfair labor practice charges and grievance handling. She is adept at assisting employers in navigating union relations when dealing with difficult situations, including workforce reductions, plant closings and relocations.

Kat knows no litigation is good litigation: she places a heavy emphasis on proactive counseling and makes it a priority to spot potential issues before they occur. She has drafted and presented training materials on a variety of topics, including Family Medical and Leave Act compliance, grievance investigation and workplace violence. Kat also assists clients with strategic planning, policy drafting and contract administration to limit risk and liability.


Services

Education

  • LL.M., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • B.A., Clemson University

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
  • Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Kansas City
Outside the Office

Kat loves lazy days, good food and dessert. When she’s not at work, you can often find her checking out local restaurants, baking cookies (using her mom’s famous sugar cookie recipe), or relaxing with her orange tabby cat, Archie. In the fall, Kat spends her free time cheering on the Clemson & Mizzou Tigers with her husband.