Kelly Ekeler is a member of the Littler CaseSmart® team and is based in Nebraska. As a brief writer assigned to class, collective, mass and representative actions, Kelly formulates and executes briefing strategy. She evaluates and selects legal authority that supports the facts and circumstances of each case and prepares substantive briefs and motions, including complex dispositive motions, class certification motions and other strategic briefing.

Kelly also has experience representing public and private sector employers in discrimination, termination, and other labor and employment-related matters, including litigation in federal and state courts and administrative proceedings. Kelly has also successfully represented employers in governmental audits and investigations.

Prior to joining Littler, she worked in the prominent labor and employment sections of two firms where her practice included developing policies and counseling employers to reduce risks of wage and hour violations.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Board Member / Newsletter Co-editor / Super Stars Chair

Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska

2011-2014 / 2015-2018 / 2019-2020

News, Analysis & Press

Nebraska Employee Privacy Q & A

Practical Law


Municipal Review

League of Nebraska Municipalities

Monthly contributor 2009-2016

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employment at Will, BNA, Chapter editor, 2016

Speaking Engagements

Labor Relations Update

League of Nebraska Municipalities Utilities Section, 2017 Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE

January 2017

Labor Relations Update

League of Nebraska Municipalities, 2016 Annual Conference, Kearney, NE

October 2016

DOL’s Expansion of Joint Employment

Best Places to Work Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

April 2016


  • J.D., University of Nebraska, 2009
  • B.A., Kansas State University, 2005

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • Nebraska Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska