Jeff Place represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, with a particular focus on matters involving organized labor and labor relations counseling. He has handled collective bargaining negotiations, counter-union campaigns, labor arbitrations, mediation and matters involving the National Labor Relations Act before the National Labor Relations Board.

Jeff works with clients throughout the United States, including:

  • Gas and electric utilities
  • Mass transit entities
  • Heavy and commercial construction contractors
  • Food processors and distributors
  • Government service contractors
  • State and local governments

Jeff also counsels clients on personnel management and defends employers against discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims by current and former employees; wage and hour claims; and claims arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act
  • The Labor Management Relations Act
  • The Kansas Public Employer-Employee Relations Act
  • The Missouri Public Employee Relations Act
  • The Missouri Human Rights Act
  • Kansas Acts Against Discrimination

He appears before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state corollaries, the Missouri State Board of Mediation, the Missouri Division of Labor Standards, and the Kansas Public Employee Relations Board, as well as in state and federal courts.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Jeff was a partner at another firm and also clerked for Chief Judge James B. Loken of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Adjunct Professor

teaching Labor Relations

UMKC Law School


Committee on the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act, Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


AGC Labor and Employment Law Council


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Super Lawyer

Kansas and Missouri

Super Lawyers

News, Analysis & Press

Intermittent Strikes: What They Are, When They Are Protected, and How They Are Being Used in the "Fight for 15"

ABA Committee on the Development of the Law Under the NLRA, 2017 Mid-Winter Meeting

February 27, 2017

Books & Book Chapters

  • Developing Labor Law, American Bar Association, chapter editor

Speaking Engagements

Handbook Madness: Update on the NLRB’s Constantly Changing Views on Handbook Policies

Kansas City Employer Conference

June 26, 2018

Big Changes in Store for Missouri Employers: What’s New, How it Impacts Your Organization, and What You Can Do To Prepare

Kansas City, MO

April 4, 2017

Employment Law Update

Overland Park, KS

May 22, 2014

The Battle Between Business Needs and Legal Compliance: Rock, Hard Place...You.

Kansas City, MO

August 28, 2013


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1996magna cum laude
  • B.A., University of Utah, 1993summa cum laude


  • Spanish

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas