Overview

Nick is a Partner in the firm’s Kansas City office.  He exclusively defends employers and management in employment related disputes in various forums, focusing primarily on discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and retaliation.  Nick also has experience in both traditional labor and wage and hour matters.

This experience includes handling multiple labor arbitrations and jury trials (both state and federal court), writing several successful dispositive motions and appeals, successfully arguing dispositive motions in state court, representing employers in settlement conferences and in mediations, as well as obtaining numerous favorable administrative rulings with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Kansas Human Rights Commission, and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

Nick grew up in Raytown, Missouri where he attended Raytown High School. Nick then attended undergrad at Truman State where he graduated with a B.S. in Political Science in 2001.  Nick graduated law school at University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004 where he was a member and editor of the Missouri Law Review.

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA)
  • Member, Missouri Bar
  • Member, Kansas Bar Association

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Obtaining dismissal of Rule 23 class claims alleging violations of the Kansas Wage Payment Act with respect to alleged minimum wage violations concerning delivery drivers for a franchisee with multiple restaurant locations;
  • Obtaining dismissal of all claims in a 22 plaintiff Missouri state-court action against a large corporate employer, including wrongful discharge due to breach of contract, third party beneficiary breach, and negligent supervision.
  • Obtaining dismissal of all claims brought against a food-production employer alleging gender discrimination in the District of Kansas.
  • Obtaining dismissal and sanctions against both plaintiff’s and their counsel in a seven plaintiff race harassment and discrimination case against a large corporate employer pending in the Western District of Missouri.
  • Successfully arbitrating a union employee’s termination when the employee argued he was fired in retaliation for making complaints of race discrimination and harassment.
  • Successfully arbitrating a union employee’s termination when the employee driver was found to have violated the company’s no tolerance alcohol and drug policy.
  • Successfully arbitrating a union employee’s termination when the employee driver had an accident while driving.
  • Obtaining dismissal of a union’s petition to arbitrate based on timeliness concerns.
  • Obtaining federal appellate affirmation of multiple summary judgment awards in both the 8th and 10th Circuits.
  • Obtaining Missouri state court appellate affirmation in dismissal of multi-plaintiff lawsuit filed in Platte County.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “A Year of FMLA and ADA Developments: Keeping Your Company Out of the Headlines,” Presented for Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Mid-America Chapter, August 2014
  • “Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law,” Labor & Employment Law Workshop, October 2016
  • The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence. 
    Abraham Lincoln

Education

University of Missouri, Columbia

  • J.D., 2004

Truman State University

  • B.S., 2001

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri, 2004
  • Kansas, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
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