2022 Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium
November 11, 2022
Marriott Downtown | Kansas City
8:30-9 a.m. | Registration
9-10:05 a.m. | The Dynamic Docket & Legal Update
Panelists: Jonathon C. Berns, Dobson, Berns, & Rich LLP, St. Louis and Shelley Ericsson, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, Kansas City
10:05-10:15 a.m. | Break
10:15-11:05 a.m. | Arbitration
Panelists: H. Anthony (Tony) Relys, TGH Litigation LLC, Columbia (plaintiff's perspective) and Andrew D. Kinghorn, Jackson Lewis, PC, St. Louis (defense perspective)
11:05-11:15 a.m. | Break
11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. | Issues with Employees Working Remotely
12:05-12:30 p.m. | Lunch Provided
12:30-1:20 p.m. | Lunch Presentation: Navigating Recent Changes to Litigation Practices in Missouri State Court
Speaker: Stacy M. Bunck, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, Kansas City
This session will focus on recent changes for Missouri state court practitioners, including updates regarding dispositive motions, the pleading of punitive damages, and changes in discovery rules.
1:20-1:30 p.m. | Break
1:30-2:20 p.m. | Issues with Current Employees Who Bring Employment Claims
Panelists: Tara Eberline, Foulston Siefkin LLP, Overland Park Kansas and Kristi L. Kingston, Employee & Labor Law Group of Kansas City, LLC, Overland Park, KS
2:20-2:30 p.m. | Break
2:30-3:20 p.m. | Mediation
Moderator: Kyle B. Russell, Jackson Lewis, P.C., Overland Park, Kansas
Panelists: Joseph K. Eischens, Law Office of Joseph K. Eischens, LLC, Parkville; Nancy E. Kenner, The Kenner Law Firm, PC, Kansas City; David Vogel, Law Office of David C Vogel, LLC, Leawood, Kansas
3:20-3:30 p.m. | Break
3:30-4:20 p.m. | Elimination of Bias
Jonathan Berns is an AV-rated attorney and partner with Dobson, Berns & Rich, LLP. Throughout his career, Mr. Berns has dedicated his practice to the representation of individuals in employment, sexual harassment, and civil rights litigation.
He has litigated well over 100 employment cases in the federal and state courts, has successfully obtained multiple verdicts and has prevailed before state and federal courts of appeals on multiple occasions. Mr. Berns also frequently provides counsel to individuals in a non-litigation settings, including the negotiation of employment contracts, separation agreements, and non-compete agreements.
He is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, and multiple federal courts. He is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and Missouri Bar Association.
Stacy is the office managing shareholder in Ogletree Deakins' Kansas City office, with extensive experience in employment-related disputes in various forums throughout the Midwest. She has experience defending allegations of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, drafting policies, providing advice regarding various employment laws, litigation avoidance, and conducting workplace investigations.
Tara is the chair of Foulston’s litigation & employment practice group in the firm’s Kansas City office. As an employment defense attorney, Tara helps employers of all sizes navigate the ever-changing field of employment law. She advises cities and counties, business owners, managers, general counsel, and human resources professionals on complex workplace challenges at all stages of the employment relationship. Tara is a trusted resource for strategic and lawful decisions regarding potential, current, and former employee issues of all kinds.
Tara is frequently invited to speak about employment law-related topics for local chambers of commerce, associations, and other civic groups. She has spoken on an array of topics of interest to human-resources professionals, including the benefits and challenges of social media in the workplace and the proper classification of employees and independent contractors.
Outside of her law practice, Tara stays busy baking with her three children, traveling with her husband, and volunteering throughout the Kansas City community.
Shelley Ericsson is an experienced trial lawyer having represented both Missouri and Kansas employers in state and federal courts on a wide range of workplace matters. In recognition of her skills, she has been selected by her peers for over a decade as one of the “Best of the Bar” in the labor and employment field by the Kansas City Business Journal.
Shelley counsels companies of all sizes, from family-owned and privately held to Fortune 100 companies, on how to navigate various employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the companion state Equal Employment Opportunity laws. Her services include drafting policies and procedures that are tailored for companies and their individual philosophies.
Andrew D. Kinghorn is an associate in the St. Louis, Missouri office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice is dedicated to helping employers prevent and resolve workplace disputes with their employees.
Andrew partners with his clients to understand and help them achieve their business objectives while reducing risk and minimizing legal costs. This business-oriented approach has enabled him to serve as a trusted advisor to clients of all sizes. Andrew regularly provides workplace training, conducts investigations, and counsels employers on best practices and strategies to minimize their financial exposure or avoid litigation altogether.
Andrew also has significant experience in all stages of litigation. His practice includes representing employers before administrative agencies and the courts. He has skillfully tried cases in both federal and state courts, has helped employers resolve numerous cases on dispositive motions, and has guided his clients to successful outcomes before various appellate courts.
As an experienced trial attorney and litigator, Andrew is well-positioned to provide employers with advice tailored to the unique issues that may arise after a claim is filed. When an early resolution to a claim is desired by an employer, Andrew has used his experience to help his clients come to well-informed decisions and achieve out-of-court resolutions that are favorable to the employer’s goals and interests.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Andrew served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Missouri, where he was the lead attorney on numerous cases in the office’s Civil Litigation Division. He handled matters on behalf of state agencies and managerial employees in the areas of employment and labor law, contract law, and constitutional law, among others. He was also a key member of the office’s Missouri Human Rights Act Task Force, handling some of the office's most complex and high-value cases
Kristi Kingston operates the Employee & Labor Law Group of Kansas City. She is a “Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer" in the labor and employment law field and has been recognized as one of the top 50 female lawyers and one of the top 100 lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.
Tony is an experienced litigator. He has briefed and argued appeals to the Missouri courts of appeal and the Eighth Circuit, and he has tried numerous claims to verdict before juries in both state and federal court, including cases involving civil rights and employment. Before joining TGH, Tony spent nine years in government service, serving both as an Assistant Attorney General in the Missouri Attorney General's Office and as an Associate City Counselor for the City of St. Louis. Tony represented the government both as a plaintiff and on behalf of defendants. He has defended claims of official misconduct, and, as a Team Leader in the Consumer Protection Section of the AGO, has prosecuted consumer fraud actions on behalf of the people of the State of Missouri, including the State’s claims alleging false marketing against various opioid manufacturers.
Prior to his government service, Tony worked in private practice, including at a large law firm in Chicago, where he represented and advised clients in business and other types of litigation.
Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Tony lives with his wife and daughter in the City of St. Louis. When not working, he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family.
Kyle B. Russell is the Office Managing Principal of the Overland Park, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers in administrative charges and lawsuits involving a wide variety of statutory and common law discrimination and retaliation cases.
Mr. Russell has also defended wage and hour collective and class actions involving alleged misclassification, off-the-clock work, failure to pay the proper overtime rate, and failure to pay wages when due. He also has extensive experience prosecuting violations of covenants not to compete by former employees. In addition to employment litigation, Mr. Russell has commercial litigation experience defending multi-district and state-law consumer class actions and governmental investigations.
Mr. Russell has experience training managers on a wide variety of employment law issues, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, workplace violence, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family & Medical Leave Act. He has also advised employers with respect to the implementation of nationwide arbitration agreement programs.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Russell practiced at a midwest law firm and previously spent eight years as in-house counsel for litigation, records management and legal systems for a Fortune 500 diversified financial services company, where he was responsible for developing and implementing records management, litigation hold and consumer arbitration programs.
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