Patrick F. Hulla - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
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Patrick F. Hulla

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016
Phone: 816-410-2226

Patrick (“Pat”) Hulla co-leads the firm’s Class Action Defense Group. Since 1993, Pat has represented employers who have been sued by current and former employees. He has led the defense in dozens of class and collective actions. Examples of his recent success include:

  • Denial of class certification in consumer race discrimination action;
  • Denial of national conditional certification of age discrimination claims under the ADEA;
  • Denial of class action certification of off-the-clock claims under various states' laws;
  • Denial of state-wide FLSA conditional collective action certification of an off-the-clock claim;
  • Decertification of an off-the-clock FLSA action involving 800 employees across the United States and two state law class actions involving more than 3,200 employees;
  • Decertification of an off-the-clock FLSA collective action involving more than 475 employees working at a single location;
  • Decertification of a nationwide store manager FLSA misclassification case;
  • Decertification of FLSA uniform donning and doffing claims;
  • Involuntary dismissal of federal misclassification and off-the-clock claims because offers of judgment mooted the controversy denying court's subject matter jurisdiction; and
  • Involuntary dismissal of state law claims in a hybrid off-the-clock class and FLSA collective action.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Missouri Court of Appeals (Eastern and Western)

Pat’s practice is concentrated in the area of complex employment litigation. Pat has successfully led, and co-led, the defense of dozens of off-the-clock and misclassification collective actions for numerous Fortune 100 companies. Pat has also been lead defense counsel in discrimination class actions, age discrimination collective actions, and wage and hour class actions. In light of his class and collective action experience, Pat has often been asked to lead proactive audits of clients’ employment practices.

Pat’s career includes in-house and outside counsel experience.  While in-house, he worked very closely with, and gained significant knowledge about, Human Resources operations, such as payroll, compensation, and benefits. Pat was often called on to (1) lead significant Human Resources initiatives, such as proactive wage and hour audits, and (2) manage significant employment litigation, including numerous class and collective actions. Pat now leverages his in-house experience to defend clients in complex employment litigation.

Although Pat’s practice focuses on complex employment litigation, he has also favorably tried 14 lawsuits and 5 employment arbitrations throughout the Midwest. Several of the cases Pat has tried were prosecuted by multiple plaintiffs.

Baker UniversityBS University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawJ.D.
The Wichita Bar AssociationThe Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationThe Johnson County Bar AssociationThe Kansas Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association

Office Location

4520 Main Street, Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64111
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment