Recognized since 2010
Kansas City, Missouri
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Kim is an employment trial lawyer representing companies, not-for-profits, and higher education institutions, in federal and state courts, and before AAA and labor arbitration panels. In addition to providing day-to-day counsel on human resources issues, she trains management and non-management employees nationwide on a variety of employment issues, including prohibited harassment, effective supervision, and managing the absent employee.
Kim currently serves as the firm’s Managing Partner.
Kim is very active in the community serving on several boards and committees including The Central Exchange Board (2004-2010), Co-Chair Engagement of Win/Win, Friends of Art (2010-2011), Heartland Labor & Employment Institute Steering Committee and Seminar Chair (2009), Human Rights Campaign Kansas City Steering Committee (2005-2008), the University of Kansas School of Law Board of Governors, Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Folly Theater Board of Directors, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Business Council Steering Committee and the Women’s Employment Network Board.
- 4801 Main Street, Suite 310
Kansas City, MO 64112
- University of Kansas, J.D., graduated 1994
- Kansas State University, B.A., graduated 1991
- Kansas, N/A
- Missouri, N/A
- American Bar Association - American Bar Foundation Fellow
- Association of Women Lawyers - Member
- Kansas Bar Association - Member
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association - Member
- Law360 Employment Editorial Advisory Board - Member, 2010
- Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
- The Missouri Bar - Member
- Women's Employment Network (WEN) - Chair of board of directors (2020)/former vice chair of board of directors
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
- Labor Law - Management, Kansas City, MO (2022)
- Employment Law - Management, Kansas City, MO (2017)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:
- Employment Law - Management
- Labor Law - Management
- Litigation - Labor and Employment
- Class Actions
- Missouri Lawyers Weekly, The Power 30 — Employment Law, 2020-2021
- Kansas City Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2019
- Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star, 2019-present
- National Law Journal inaugural class of Equality Trailblazers, 2019
- Missouri Lawyers Weekly inaugural class of Diversity & Inclusion Awards, 2018
- Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Awards, Litigation Practitioner of the Year, 2017
- Kansas City Business Journal’s 2012 Women Who Mean Business award recipient
- Chambers USA, Labor & Employment (Missouri), 2010-present
- Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2005, 2011, 2013-present
- Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2021
- Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Kansas City Business Lawyers, 2014
- Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Kansas City Super Lawyers, 2021
- Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer Award, 2005
- Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-present
- Ingram's Magazine 40 Under 40, 2009
Jessica M. Davis v. McClain Restaurant Group, et al.In last 2021, Kimberly Jones and Michael Blumenthal earned a complete defense verdict after a six-day jury trial in the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, for restaurant group and its owner. The plaintiff asked for $2 million in damages on claims of battery, sexual harassment, and retaliation, plus punitive damages.
Successful defense against sexual discrimination and sexual harassment claimsIn 2019, obtained dismissal of intentional tort claims and summary judgment for their clients against claims of sexual discrimination and sexual harassment in federal court. This followed an eve of trial voluntary dismissal of similar claims against the same defendants in state court.
Alexander Nicholson v. Scavuzzo’s Food Service, Inc., et al.In September 2017, Kim Jones obtained a complete defense verdict in a race discrimination and retaliation claim filed against Scavuzzo’s Food Services, Inc. Plaintiff alleged a co-worker subjected him to racially charged comments and treatment, and when he complained, the company terminated his employment in retaliation.
Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) claimsPaul Seyferth and Kim Jones obtained two separate defense jury verdicts in Jackson County, Missouri, state court in cases brought under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA). Plaintiffs were former prosecuting attorneys claiming discrimination and retaliation. After brief deliberations, the jury in both cases found for our client on all counts.
FLSA defenseKim Jones and Deena Jenab won a defense award in arbitration claims of misclassification of a manager under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Claimant, a store manager at a car maintenance business, filed suit claiming that while he was the store manager, he primarily performed non-exempt duties. The arbitrator disagreed and ruled in our clients favor on all counts.
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