Stephanie serves as a strategic legal adviser to her clients providing practical, business and legal solutions in all areas of employment law compliance. Whether she is first-chairing the defense of employment litigation cases, developing strategy to fight certification in FLSA class and collective actions, defending clients in wage and hour audits before the Department of Labor, or providing daily employment counseling, Stephanie's focus is always on the business objectives of her clients in reaching the best possible outcome. Her straightforward approach is refreshing when navigating challenging legal issues.
Stephanie is praised by clients and peers as "a diligent student of the law and a substantially effective trial lawyer" and "bright, responsive and a pleasure to work with" (Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business). She is also recognized in Benchmark Litigation for Kansas where she received acclaim for her "skillful" mastery of employment litigation and her "cost effective" representation.
In addition to her broad-based litigation and counseling experience, she has a specialty practice representing clients in OFCCP Affirmative Action Plan audits and claims before the Department of Labor. She provides consulting, training and audits on a variety of employment law compliance issues, including consultation in the development and implementation of affirmative action plans, diversity programs, personnel policies and procedures. In addition, she works closely with businesses in developing strategies to establish independent contractor relationships and upholding those relationships in administrative, state, and federal proceedings, including class and collective actions. Stephanie utilizes her experience to serve as lead labor and employment specialty counsel in M&A transactions.
Stephanie speaks several times a year on various trending employment law topics. Below are some recent presentations: