Alisa has a pragmatic approach to helping clients with employment, contract, and immigration compliance issues, as well as in handling commercial and employment disputes. 

Overview

Alisa advises businesses in minimizing risk, managing challenges with their workforce and contractors, and when disputes arise, in handling litigation with a focus on finding the best possible outcome. Alisa understands the complex issues and challenges businesses face daily and provides business-oriented advice and representation.

Alisa assists clients with a variety of business and employment issues, including contract drafting and disputes, restrictive covenants and noncompete agreements, tortious interference, trade secrets, and all variety of employment claims. Alisa also works with clients in achieving immigration compliance, conducts training, internal audits, and responds to government inspections and enforcement for Form I-9 violations. Alisa's litigation experience covers a wide range of business disputes, tort claims, and employee claims. Alisa also enjoys working with clients to create effective policies and handbooks tailored to their business.

Alisa offers a breadth of litigation experience to her clients. She has handled claims arising from noncompete and other restrictive covenant agreements, litigates tortious interference and trade secret disputes, and employment claims, including discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and workers compensation retaliation, as well as business to business contract disputes. She enjoys advising businesses on compliance issues and best practices, including I-9 and immigration. Her clients come from the oil and gas, energy, construction, aviation, health care and banking industries.

Experience

Alisa prevailed on summary judgment in federal court in an action asserting a breach of a technology licensing agreement, obtained dismissal of counterclaims and won a lost-profits damage award of more than $1.7 million.

Alisa won a nearly $2.8 million damage award for an oil and gas services company in a noncompete and tortious interference dispute, and obtained a permanent injunction and award of attorneys' fees and costs for her client.

She won summary judgment on a wage payment claim alleging failure to pay wages under a contract, and has represented clients in FLSA wage and hour lawsuits and collective actions, obtaining favorable settlements, including resolution before collective and class certification.

Alisa has defended multiple employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims in state and federal court, and before the Kansas Human Rights Commission and EEOC, obtaining many good outcomes including summary judgment for employers.

She represents construction and manufacturing companies in negligence actions and employee disputes, including OSHA whistleblower claims, having recently won dismissal of such a claim.

Alisa has successfully defended an aircraft manufacturer in a contract dispute, and has represented other aviation industry clients including aerial applicators and FBOs.

Alisa spoke at the 2018 EmpowerHER Conference, which served as the public launch of Women Entrepreneurs of Kansas, WeKan, a mentoring and networking organization for women entrepreneurs.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"New Challenges for HR in the Year Ahead," Stinson Leonard Street, 2014-2019

"Handling Harassment and Discrimination, Health and Career" Panelist, EmpowerHER Conference for WeKan, 2018

"Deposition Challenges and Overcoming Obstructions," Kansas Women Attorneys Association annual conference, 2017

"Immigration Law in Employment: Importance of Form I-9 Compliance," Wichita Chamber of Commerce, 2016

"Immigration Compliance for Business – Update," Business Law Update Seminar, 2015

"Ethical Dilemmas Employment Lawyers Face," Kansas Bar Association 2014 Employment Law Section CLE

"Immigration Compliance in Employment: Form I-9 and Colorado Requirements," Client Webinar, 2014

"Immigration Compliance in Employment: Form I-9 and Issues that Affect Your Business," Construction Group Presentation, 2014

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Alisa has been a member of several nonprofit boards of directors and has volunteered her time to the United Way as an allocations panel member.

Kansas Bar Association

Wichita Bar Association

Admissions

  • Kansas, 1995
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003

Education

University of Kansas, J.D., 1995

  • Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Publications Editor
  • London Law Consortium Student

University of Kansas, B.S., Journalism, with distinction, 1992

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society
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