Michael Matula is a shareholder in the firm’s Kansas City office. Mike concentrates his practice in the areas of employment litigation and counseling. He has represented employers in a wide variety of employment matters including discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wrongful discharge cases, non-competition/trade secrets disputes, and EEOC administrative proceedings. Mike, who has been given an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating, also has significant experience in commercial, tort, and insurance litigation, and continues to handle select matters in those areas. Mike also represents attorneys in disciplinary proceedings, serves on the firm’s Ethics Committee, and is a co-author of the ABA treatise “Professional Responsibility in Litigation.” He is a member of both the firm’s Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets Practice Group and its Records Retention And E-Discovery Practice Group.Chambers USA stated that Mike “has a very accomplished skill set” and “a great reputation for his broad knowledge base.” Mike’s trial experience of more than 10 jury trials includes a case resulting in the fourth most significant defense verdict in Missouri in 2001, and being part of a trial team in one of the most significant defense verdicts in Missouri in 2006, both as reported by The Missouri Lawyers Weekly. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.Mike has authored numerous publications and has been selected to speak on a variety of employment law topics, notably being asked by The Federal Judicial Center to speak on employment law issues at the National U.S. Magistrate Judges’ Workshop.
Other Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
Experience — In addition to serving as lead counsel in multiple employment arbitrations resulting in defense awards, Mike has tried more than ten jury trials. Mike’s litigation and trial accomplishments include serving as counsel in a case resulting in the fourth most significant defense verdict in Missouri in 2001, and being part of a trial team in one of the most significant defense verdicts in Missouri in 2006, both as characterized by The Missouri Lawyers Weekly.Mike is a member of the firm’s Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets Practice Group, and routinely advises on and litigates disputes in these areas. He has experience both enforcing restrictions and defending against enforcement actions in state and federal courts in Kansas and Missouri.
- A wrongful termination suit brought by an in-house attorney against one of the country’s largest insurers
- An FLSA “off the clock” collective action against a national security/alarm company brought by installers and technicians
- An FLSA “off the clock” collective action against a casino brought by table game floor supervisors
- An FLSA “off the clock” collective action against a national security company brought by security guards
- A wage-payment claim brought against a national retailer brought on behalf of sales associates across the county for unpaid commissions
- Class action/multiple-plaintiff litigation against a school district brought by former school administrators claiming age discrimination