Robert Sheffield represents management in all areas of employment law, with a focus on defending lawsuits brought under federal and state law, including:

  • Wage and hour class and collective actions
  • Single and multiple plaintiff discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims
  • Family and medical leave claims
  • Trade secrets and unfair competition claims, including non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Breach of contract claims

He has successfully defeated lawsuits through motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and at trial. He also has successfully defended these results at the appellate level.

In addition, Robert uses his litigation experience to counsel employers on best practices to avoid litigation while maintaining the flexibility to make strategic and important business decisions.

He has authored amicus curiae briefs in the U. S. Supreme Court in two landmark cases on subordinate-bias liability under Title VII. He also has presented to in-house employment counsel and human resource professionals on topics such as wage and hour laws, discrimination and retaliation, leave policies, and privacy. Prior to joining Littler, Robert worked for an international law firm in Washington, DC.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Friends of the Kaw

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification Act, Chapter 13, Kansas Employment Law - 3rd Edition, Kansas Bar Association, 2016
  • Kansas Employment At Will, Employment At Will - A State-by-State Survey, Bloomberg BNA, 2016
  • Missouri Wage and Hour Law, Wage and Hour Laws - A State-by-State Survey, Bloomberg BNA, 2016

Speaking Engagements

2023 Kansas City Regional Employer Conference

Kansas City, MO

October 10, 2023

Covering the Bases: Hot Topics in Employment & Labor Law

Littler CLE, Kansas City, MO

September 7, 2017

Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace

Sterling Education Services, Kansas City, KS

March 14, 2017

Employment Law Update

Overland Park, KS

May 22, 2014


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2006
  • B.S., Rutgers University, 2001

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa