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Overview

Laura helps clients achieve the resolutions that best fit their business needs.

Laura focuses the majority of her practice on complex corporate litigation. An award-winning litigator and devoted client advocate, she has represented clients in state and federal court, during mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, and throughout the appellate process.

Known for her rapport with clients, Laura aims to serve clients as a true counselor and business consultant. She works to understand their business needs and goals, as well as their aims in any litigation. Laura has a strong reputation for her ability to resolve disputes before they reach the courtroom, working closely with clients to proactively solve problems. She always ensures that any litigation strategy pursued fits with client goals and client interests.

While she handles a wide range of corporate and business disputes, Laura has a particular focus on labor and employment matters. She has handled Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state agency investigations, Title VII and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) claims, and allegations of wage and hour violations. She also provides preventative counsel to clients designed to help them draft policies and put processes in place to avoid litigation.

Alongside her work as a litigator, Laura also devotes a portion of her practice to healthcare regulatory compliance counseling. As a law student, she earned a certification in health law and has practiced consistently in the area throughout her career. While her previous experience includes counseling medical facilities and other providers, Laura’s current focus is regulatory advice for corporate clients needing assistance in the healthcare space. She regularly works with corporations seeking to ensure that employee benefit packages are in line with relevant healthcare laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rules, fraud and abuse laws, and other state and federal regulations.

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Recognition

  • Missouri Lawyers Media, Women’s Justice Awards, Litigation Practitioner Award, 2022
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013-2016
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Top 10 Defense Verdicts, 2010
  • Springfield Business Journal, “40 Under 40,” 2014

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law
    • Certificate in Health Law
    • with honors
  • B.A., Southeast Missouri State University
    • English
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
Experience

Healthcare

  • Provided internal investigations and compliance support for long-term care employers.
  • Navigated medical practice risk management, including workforce reduction, discrimination investigations, and compliance counseling.

Litigation

  • Obtained one of Missouri's top 10 civil defense verdicts.
  • Represented financial institution in recovering deficiency judgment and successfully defending numerous counterclaims by individual and corporate defendants.
  • Obtained plaintiff's verdict, punitive damages and attorneys' fees in bench trial for corporate client in breach of contract dispute.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in jury trial for trucking industry client facing breach of employment contract claim with $2.5 million in alleged damages.
  • Represented national outdoor recreation retailer in breach of oral contract defense and obtained favorable result.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in bench trial for corporate client in breach of lease dispute.
  • Successfully obtained complete judgment in corporate client's favor in federal court after several years of litigation, significant delaying tactics by opposing parties and litigating in numerous jurisdictions.
  • Represented regional media provider in federal court resolving copyright and defamation claims.

Labor & Employment

  • Provided employment and risk management advice for regional media providers, medical practices and national food manufacturer.
  • Provided employment counseling and liability defense for national food manufacturer.
Outside the Office

Laura is a travel enthusiast who enjoys a thrill read.

Laura and her husband, also a busy attorney, have two adult children and a school-aged daughter. The family is run by two Goldendoodles, a Borador and two indifferent cats. Local getaways are spent kayaking and hiking at the family cabin on Missouri’s Finley River. As often as possible, the whole family explores the world, most recently on a cruise to the Cayman Islands. Laura is a voracious reader with a love of psychological thrillers. John Sanford, the one-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist turned best-selling novelist, is a favorite author.

Community Leadership
  • Leadership Springfield, Class 30, 2014-Present  
  • Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Board Member, City Utilities appointee, 2015-Present   
  • Adjunct Professor, Drury University