Overview

Kim, a managing partner with Constangy, focuses her practice on helping employers proactively address workplace manners.  Kim believes that the best way to minimize litigation in the workplace is to address issues before they become problems and helps her clients achieve this through assisting in the development of workplace policies, investigation procedures and training materials, preparing employee handbooks and procedure manuals, conducting training for management, supervisors, and employees on workplace conduct, and advising on problem employees.  When litigation arises, however, Kim represents clients before federal and state agencies as well as in the state and federal courts of Missouri and Kansas. 

Kim also works with employers to develop strategies for addressing union issues, including running union avoidance campaigns, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and administering labor contracts.  She represents clients in arbitrations of union grievances and in litigation before the National Labor Relations Board.

Kim takes time to learn the ins and outs of her clients’ business, because her goal is not only to help her clients achieve their legal objectives, but also to achieve their business objectives as well.  She brings a common sense approach to identifying risks and opportunities, working with in-house counsel and human resources to add value for their organization.  One of Kim’s clients had this to say, “Kim is not only an exceptional attorney, but she is also an exceptional person. I look forward to working with her for years to come.”    

Honors & Recognitions

  • Client Choice Award, Kansas, Employment & Labor (2014, 2015)
  • Corporate LiveWire Global Awards, Kansas City, Labour & Employment (2015)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2013-2014)
  • Rising Star, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2011-2012)
  • Woman of the Year, The Greater Kansas City Alumnae Panhellenic (2016)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Alpha Delta Pi, International Officer (2014-present)
  • Line Creek Elementary PTA, President (2014-2016)

About Me

Kim and her husband, Matt, have two amazing children. On the weekend, you can find Kim cheering on her kids at their soccer, football, basketball, baseball, or horseback riding events. Kim also finds time to root for the Miami Heat and is learning to love baseball and the Kansas City Royals. A fan of comic books, Kim loves nothing more than watching the latest Marvel superhero movie or adding to her collection of Marvel bobbleheads.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Legal Update: Key Court Decisions and Regulatory Developments,” presented at the Heartland Labor & Employment Law Institute Annual Conference, May 2017
  • “Predicting the Unpredictable: Anticipating the New Administration’s Impact on Employers,” presented to ACC Mid-America Chapter, April 2017
  • “The Obama Era is Ending with a Flurry of Lawsuits Against Big Companies” (quoted), BuzzfeedNews, January 2017
  • “View from the Top:  What In-House Counsel Needs to Know About Employment Law,” presented for PIAA Corporate Counsel Workshop, October 2016
  • How to Take a Case Before the NLRB (Chapter Editor), 2016
  • Kansas Employment Law Handbook (Chapter Author), 2016
  • “Hiring and Firing in 2015 – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” presented to ACC Mid-America Chapter, November 2015
  • “Legal Issues Regarding Social Media,” presented to Infor, August 2013
  • “Managing The Risks Of Cupid’s Arrows In The Workplace” (quoted), Corporate Counsel, February 2013
  • “Quality – Not Quantity – Could Spell Tougher EEOC Cases” (quoted), Human Resource Executive, October 2012
  • “The New NLRB: Activist Board or Rogue Agency,” presented at Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, October 2012
  • “Top Ten Basics Of Employment Law For The Small Legal Department,” American Corporate Counsel website, April 2010
  • “Making The Transition From Associate To Partner,” The Woman Advocate, Winter 2009
  • “Employment Law Update,” Small Business Journal, Spring 2008
  • “Conducting Background Checks,” Small Business Journal, Summer 2007
  • "I still believe in heroes."
  • Nick Fury

Practice Emphasis

  • Traditional Labor Law
  • Union Avoidance Counseling and Campaigns
  • NLRB Litigation
  • Employment Policy Formulation, Analysis, and Advice
  • Defense of EEOC, NLRB, and State Agency Charges
  • Management Training

Education

University of Miami

  • J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • Dean's Honor Scholar; Research and Writing Editor of the Business Law Journal

University of Illinois

  • B.S., Psychology, 1995
  • Board member of Student Society for Human Resources Management 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri, 1998
  • Kansas, 1999
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