Monique brings broad practice experience and a unique perspective gained from federal clerkships to her business litigation practice.

Overview

Monique has experience handling single plaintiff, multi-party and class action litigation. She has represented clients in cases involving a wide range of claims, including alleged business torts, contract disputes, trademark litigation, trade secret misappropriation claims and putative class actions involving alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). 

Monique served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kathryn H. Vratil and the Honorable Carlos Murguia, both on the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Following her district court clerkships, Monique clerked for the Honorable Nancy L. Moritz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Between practice and clerking, Monique has experience with all stages of litigation—from case assessment and dispute resolution through discovery, dispositive briefing, trial and appeals.

Experience

Researched and drafted trademark infringement cease-and-desist letters.    

Assisted with briefing partial motion to dismiss in defense of business tort and contract claims brought against retail client in federal court. Received favorable ruling on all counts requested dismissed. Successfully defended against motion to dismiss breach of contract counterclaim. 

Assisted in defense of appeal of TTAB opposition ruling and additional trademark claims, receiving all requested relief on motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment.  The federal district court confirmed the client's ownership of its registered marks and denied the defendant registration and use of marks likely to cause confusion with the client's marks.

Assisted in local counsel role at preliminary injunction hearing in federal court, bringing copyright infringement and contract claims.

News & Insights

Publications

Co-author with Mary L. Matthews, "A Brief Primer on Summary Judgment – Tips for New Lawyers," Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, June 2017

Comment, "Strip Searches In Public Schools: They're Not Child's Play," Washburn Law Journal, 2010

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

The Missouri Bar

Kansas Bar Association

Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy, 2014 graduate

Practices & Industries

Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Education

Washburn University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011

  • Washburn Law Journal, Executive Editor
  • Shamberg Scholar

Franciscan University of Steubenville, B.A., English Writing, 2002

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