Kellie A. Tabor focuses her practice on defending employers in employee-initiated lawsuits and representing them in the enforcement of noncompete and other restrictive covenants in employment agreements, including obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctions. She has experience with litigation involving:

  • Discrimination/harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Workers' compensation retaliation
  • Common law wrongful discharge
  • Unemployment law
  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Equal Pay in Employment Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Uniform Trade Secrets Act
  • The Uniform Arbitration Act
  • The Missouri Human Rights Act
  • The Kansas Act Against Discrimination
  • The Missouri Minimum Wage Law
  • The Missouri Wage Payment Act
  • The Kansas Wage Payment Act

She handles both single plaintiff and multiplaintiff harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims, and she also has experience with hybrid class and collective action wage and hour claims. She regularly appears in state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Missouri Human Rights Commission.

Kellie frequently works with the following types of clients:

  • Financial companies
  • Public schools, including charter schools
  • Grocery stores
  • Retailers
  • Cities and counties
  • Call centers
  • Restaurants

Kellie also counsels clients on a variety of employment and human resources issues and works to develop personnel policies and employee handbooks.

Prior to working at Littler Mendelson, Kellie was an associate attorney at a firm in Kansas City.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee

Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association

Legislative Director, Board of Directors

Seattle SHRM


Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Rising Star


Super Lawyers


Named, Rising Star

Kansas and Missouri

Super Lawyers


Named, Pro Bono Services’ Volunteer of the Month

King County Bar Association

February 2016

News, Analysis & Press

Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month

King County Bar Bulletin

February 1, 2016

Speaking Engagements

Diversity at Work: Fortifying Your Inclusion Efforts in the Current Climate

Association of Corporate Counsel - Charlotte Chapter, Charlotte, NC

June 25, 2020

Drafters’ Lab: Reviewing Fundamental Provisions in Settlement Agreements

16th Annual WSBA Labor and Employment Conference

November 14, 2019

2019 Legal Update

Seattle SHRM

May 16, 2019

A Legal Update: 2017 & 2018 Year to Date

Seattle SHRM

April 19, 2018

Hot Topics in Employment Law: Employment Law Developments from the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington Courts & Idaho Courts

Inland Northwest Society for Human Resource Management 2017 Annual Legal Update

September 12, 2017

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A Legal Update

2017 Washington State Employment Law & HR Conference - Washington State SHRM

March 31, 2017

Employment Law Update with a Side of BYOD

Seattle SHRM, Seattle, WA

May 19, 2016

Background on Background Checks

Seattle, WA

April 28, 2016

Risk Management for Employee Separations

2016 Washington State Employment Law & HR Conference - Washington State Human Resources Council, Bellevue, WA

March 18, 2016

HR Legal Yearbook: New Faces and Old Friends

Seattle SHRM, Seattle, WA

May 21, 2015

Responding to Legal Sea Changes with Agility

2015 Symposium - Lake Washington Human Resource Association, Bellevue, WA

February 10, 2015

Social Media's Impact on the Employment Relationship

Seattle, WA

March 27, 2014

The Employee From Hell

Kansas City, MO

October 9, 2012

Employee Handbooks: How They Help and Hurt Employers

United Benefit Advisors Webinar

Form I-9 Nuts and Bolts

American Payroll Association, Kansas City Chapter

Compensation Practices: Hot Topics and Emerging Trends

Kansas City Compensation and Benefits Association

Fair Labor Standards Act Basics

Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Kansas Bar Association

Fair Labor Standards Act Hot Topics

Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Kansas Bar Association


  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 2007With Distinction
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, 2004

Bar Admission

North Carolina


  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas