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Overview

An innovative and strategic thinker, Kayla helps employers solve and mitigate a wide range of labor and employment matters.

Kayla works with employers of varying sizes across sectors – including media, insurance, agribusiness and contracting – on proactive compliance and training strategies. She also provides research, discovery and due diligence, often mitigating risk on common issues before they become problematic. Hiring, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, severance and compensation are just a few of the matters on which she provides counsel. She also helps clients navigate state and federal regulations, such as:

  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Workplace safety
  • Harassment
  • Wage and hour

Clients appreciate Kayla’s innovative and customized strategies along with her experience as an intern with the Department of Labor, Civil Rights and Labor Management Division and the American Civil Liberties Union. She also interned with U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Illinois.


Service

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • Washington University Jurisprudence Review
  • B.A., University of Missouri
    • English
  • B.A., University of Missouri
    • Sociology

Admissions

  • Missouri
Experience
  • Drafted statements of position for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Missouri Commission on Human Rights.
  • Assisted clients with issues of garnishment.
  • On behalf of clients, negotiated with Illinois Department of Labor regarding wage claims.
Outside the Office

Kayla enjoys literature and music in all forms.

Kayla, a creative writer of short stories, is also an avid fiction reader. Favorite authors include Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler and Langston Hughes. She’s also a music lover, whether classic R&B or a karaoke lounge.

Community Leadership

Kayla leads a new generation.

A former member of the New Direction youth group at her church – where her grandfather is the pastor – she now devotes community time and leadership skills to the gatherings. Kayla provides mentorship, chaperones trips to the Missouri History Museum or the movies, and guides monthly meetings.