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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©, 2012-2015
  • Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA, 2013 and 2014
  • Named, Up and Coming Lawyers - Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2009
  • Named, Rising Star - Missouri and Kansas, Super Lawyers, 2010