Kimberly A. Yates focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation, particularly in the areas of:

  • Wage and hour collective and class action matters
  • Restrictive covenant contracts and non-competes cases
  • Discrimination and retaliation lawsuits

Originally from mid-Missouri, she currently resides in southern Illinois and predominately practices in Missouri and Illinois federal and state courts and represents clients across a multitude of industries, ranging from national restaurant chains and retailers to insurance brokerages and universities. She has specific experience with claims arising under:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act and Missouri Wage Laws
  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Missouri Human Rights Act
  • Missouri and Illinois state laws governing the employment relationship

She also drafted substantial portions of Missouri's revised Dram Shop law, which was subjected to heavy judicial scrutiny and survived a constitutional challenge.

Additionally, Kim provides client counseling concerning risk management and compliance with state and federal employment laws. A frequent speaker and lecturer on labor and employment matters, she also trains executives and management on:

  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Personnel policies and practices
  • Employee discipline and discharge
  • Workplace safety

Kim is a member of the core team of the firm's Associates Committee and a member of the Talent Advisory Council.

In law school, Kim was lead articles editor for the Journal of Dispute Resolution. Prior to beginning a career in law, she worked for a global distribution company as a national account manager in its health and beauty care division and as a human resources executive.


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Named, Up and Coming Lawyers

Missouri Lawyers Weekly


Named, Rising Star

Missouri and Kansas

Super Lawyers


Speaking Engagements

Ethical Issues in Wage and Hour Law

Chicago, ILKansas City, MOSt. Louis, MO

June 19, 2014

Ethical Issues in Reductions-in-Force and Releases

Chicago, ILKansas City, MOSt. Louis, MO

June 19, 2014

The Workplace of the Future: Debunking the Myths Surrounding Flexible Work

June 2, 2011

Is The Ceiling Still Glass?

Women in the Legal Profession Section - Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

March 25, 2011

Ethical Issues In Employment Law

Association of Corporate Counsel

February 23, 2011

Wage and Hour Ethical Issues in Employment Law; Association of Corporate Counsel

February 23, 2011

Social Media in the Workplace; Special presentation for Federal Clerks and Judiciary

June 18, 2010

Reductions-in-Force: The Puzzle, The Process and The Alternatives

May 19, 2009


  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, 2000
  • A.B., University of Missouri, Columbia, 1992

Bar Admission



  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • Circuit Courts of Missouri