Donald S. Prophete has served as lead trial counsel in all types of employment disputes in federal and state courts in Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, including post-decertification wage and hour jury trials for major national employers. He also consistently represents employers in suits involving race, sex, age, and disability discrimination; the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); and related common law claims.
Don has obtained summary judgments or dismissals on behalf of clients in dozens of cases, and has successfully defended those decisions in the appellate courts. He has significant experience with the following business sectors:
Don spends a significant amount of his practice advising sports franchises on matters related to employment litigation, collective bargaining, arbitration and risk avoidance. Don’s sports experience includes numerous matters for the National Football League (NFL) and the Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), as well as for a number of individual team owners and sports-related entities.
Don also devotes a substantial part of his practice representing employers in traditional labor law matters, including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, and grievance arbitrations.
In January 2008, the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights, in conjunction with the White House, appointed Don to serve as chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Commission, for a two-year term. In January 2002, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Don to be general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). While honored, Don ultimately withdrew his name from consideration to remain in Kansas City.