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.