Overview

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.

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2012-2015

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2013-2015

Named, Up and Coming Lawyers

Missouri Lawyers Weekly

2009

Named, Rising Star

Missouri and Kansas

Super Lawyers

2010

Speaking Engagements

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

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

February 23, 2011

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

Education

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

Bar Admission

Missouri
Illinois

Courts

  • 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