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Overview

Kayt’s persistence and attention to detail reassure clients that their labor and employment concerns will not fall through the cracks.

With clients’ business goals in mind, Kayt knows that avoiding costly litigation is best done through proactive approaches that keep up with the ever-changing landscape of labor and employment law.

Should litigation become necessary, Kayt has significant trial experience. She has handled and won multiple jury trials, including as the first chair attorney. She has obtained favorable resolutions in proceedings filed in numerous state and federal courts and various administrative agencies.

Kayt’s wide-ranging practice includes:

  • Defending claims involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, whistleblower laws, and other state and federal employment laws
  • Representing employers in arbitrations, collective bargaining and union avoidance techniques before the National Labor Relations Board, National Mediation Board and Illinois Labor Relations Board
  • Counseling employers on personnel decisions, wage and hour issues, internal complaints, investigations, background checks, employment contracts, restrictive covenant agreements, reductions in force, and leave and accommodation issues
  • Conducting manager trainings and policy audits
  • Preparing affirmative action plans and providing ongoing strategic advice for compliance with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Kayt’s passion and dedication to her clients provide more than peace of mind; they provide confidence that their business objectives are met, and their employees are well-cared for.

Kayt is a member of Husch Blackwell’s Executive Recruiting Committee and True North Committee, an enrichment series for women.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2021

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association,Young Lawyers Division, Spring 2016 Conference – Host Committee Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Call-A-Lawyer Committee, Former Chair
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Young Lawyers Division, Former Executive Committee Member at Large
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Six Sigma Green Belt, Certificate of Achievement
Experience
  • Won unanimous jury verdict for client as first chair in federal jury trial over First Amendment retaliation claim.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of nationwide employer in class action case alleging violations of state and federal wage and hour laws. Decision was upheld by Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Won complete defense verdict for 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.
  • Represented one of nation's largest packaged foods companies in arbitration, obtaining total dismissal of complaint alleging violations of collective bargaining agreement.
  • Successfully prevented union's attempt to organize flight medics for segment of national air ambulance company.
  • Attained dismissal of lawsuit brought against local government alleging discrimination and whistleblower claims.
  • Obtained expeditious summary judgment on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference and retaliation claims in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on behalf of global leader in paper products. Plaintiff alleging FMLA violations was shown on social media to have traveled, fraternized and otherwise abused FMLA rights.
Case Studies
Conagra Brands

Workers from Conagra’s Russellville, Arkansas facility filed a wage-and-hour class and collective action lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act (AMWA), claiming that they should have been paid for time spent donning and doffing before and after shifts.

Alerts | September 24, 2018
New Disclosure Requirements in Effect for Employment Background Checks

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires employers to provide a revised disclosure form titled “A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” to job applicants and employees subject to background checks and adverse actions as a result of a background check.

White Papers | September 15, 2016
Understanding Illinois' Child Bereavement Law
Articles | July 31, 2015
Happy Anniversary, ADA!
Blog | March 24, 2015
Search First, Ask Questions Later
Webinar | June 10, 2020
Labor and Employment Virtual Program
Seminars | October 30, 2019
Fall Labor and Employment Seminar - St. Louis
Webinar | 10/23/2018
Service Animals in the Workplace: What to Do When Employees Ask to Bring Fido to Work
October 23, 2018

Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between Webinar Series

Seminars | May 23, 2018
Labor and Employment Seminar
Seminars | November 2, 2017
Labor and Employment Seminar
Seminars | May 12, 2016
Timely Topics in Employee Hiring
Seminars | October 8, 2015
Fall Labor and Employment Seminar
Seminars | May 20, 2015
Spring Labor and Employment Seminar
News Releases | August 09, 2018
Husch Blackwell Secures Appellate Victory for ConAgra in FLSA Litigation

A Husch Blackwell appellate victory successfully ended a proposed class action that alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Arkansas Minimum Wage Act (AMWA). 

Outside the Office

Whether jogging with her Beaucerons, playing tennis or taking early-morning CrossFit classes, Kayt loves staying active, especially with friends and family. She and her husband enjoy traveling to various hiking destinations and wine regions around the country. She also has an artistic side and enjoys painting, drawing and playing the piano.

Community Leadership

Kayt’s active involvement in the St. Louis Community is a source of pride.

In addition to an active pro bono practice, offering regular employment counseling to nonprofit organizations and representing indigent clients in lawsuits, Kayt dedicates her time and legal talents to the following organizations:

  • Humane Society of Missouri, Women’s Leadership Council, Steering Committee
  • Humane Society of Missouri, Purses for Pooches Event Committee
  • St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Young Professionals Board

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