Ross A. Hollander - Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

Ross A. Hollander

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Ross Hollander is Founding Member and Chair of the Civil Litigation and Employment Law Division  of Joseph & Hollander & Craft.

Employment litigation dominates his practice, but his extensive experience also includes general civil litigation, commercial litigation and bankruptcy.

Each year since 2009, Ross has been named one of the country’s most outstanding labor and employment lawyers by “The Best Lawyers in America”. He was named Best Lawyers in America's Labor Law-Management Lawyer of the Year for Wichita in 2012 and 2016, and recognized as the Wichita Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law-Management in 2014.

Ross has also been recognized every year since 2009 by Chambers USA for Labor/Employment Litigation and spotlighted in the sector for General Litigation: Mediators. In 2016, Ross was one of only 10 U.S. attorneys to be featured in Financier Worldwide's 2016 Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook.

A graduate of Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Law, Ross is a Charter Member and Past President of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court and an adjunct professor of Labor-Management Relations at Friends University.

An active member of the bar, Ross has served in numerous leadership capacities, including: Wichita Bar Association (Past President); Kansas Bar Association (Past President, Employment Law Section; Kansas Labor Letter (Past Editorial Review Board Member). He is also an active member of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the American Bar Association.






Wichita State UniversityBBA 1973University of KansasJ.D. 1976
Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court

Case History

Allen v. A.O. Smith, 36 Kan. App. 2d 530; 144 P.3d 760 (2005) (rev.den''d, 281 Kan. 1377 (2006) .

Allen was an action brought under the Kansas Wage Payment Act on behalf of a group former employees of A.O. Smith. The issue was whether Smith was liable for earned but unpaid vacation pay under Smith''s "earn in arrears" vacation policy. The employees had been immediately re-hired by a successor company that had a vacation policy which provided for the same amount of vacation, but the policy was "earn as you go." The question was whether the employees were entitled to the vacation they earned from Smith as well as the vacation they would earn from the new employer. The answer was yes. The vacation pay had been earned and was not covered, as Smith argued, by the new vacation policy. Smith''s non-payment was deemed to be "willful," doubling the recovery. The amount recovered was in excess of $900,000.00, and is believed to be the largest recovery ever under the Act.

The significance of Allen is two-fold.  First, the court added clarity to the meaning of “discharge” from work.  Smith claimed there had been no discharge since the employees went directly to employment with the successor company.  The court rejected that idea, noting that besides the obvious point that the employees were no longer employed by Smith, but also finding that Smith’s interpretation was contrary to the purpose of the Act. 

Second, “willfulness” was clarified.  It was enough to be willful because Smith “...acted unilaterally to change its vacation policy without communicating it to employees, urged its purchaser not to discuss accrued vacation liability with employees, and attempted through the asset purchase agreement to avoid litigation by assuring some vacation would be earned and payable by the successor in the first year after discharge....”  An unsuccessful dodge of liability was enough to be a “willful” non-payment.

Office Location

500 N Market Street
Wichita, KS 67214-3514
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Wichita Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Wichita Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Wichita Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Wichita Metro Area
Ross A. Hollander has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Ross A. Hollander has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Ross A. Hollander has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Ross A. Hollander has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male