Kendra’s passion for employment law began before law school. Kendra grew up in a family-owned business. Her exposure to the operation of the business helped Kendra develop an acute understanding of employers’ priorities for their employees.
Early on, Kendra was interested in employee rights. She talked to employees and provided feedback regarding their needs. As a result, Kendra created onboarding procedures and the company’s first employee handbook, procedures related to how the company would handle grievances, and policies on workplace safety, confidentiality and more.
In law school Kendra clerked for a small employment law firm and upon graduation joined a litigation firm in Kansas City, Missouri. She later worked as a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of Western Missouri, and then as a diversity and inclusion professional at a large international law firm.
Through these experiences, Kendra developed litigation skills representing individuals and Fortune Global 500 companies in product liability, pharmaceutical, premises liability and employment matters. Her diversity and inclusion experience informs her handling of employment matters.
In 2014, Kendra focused her practice almost exclusively on labor and employment law. Since that time, she has represented employers and employees across the country before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state and local Fair Employment Practices Agencies, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor.
Kendra has experience representing employers and employees in charges of discrimination and lawsuits asserting claims of discrimination (race, religion, age, gender, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity), harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, failure to hire, breach of contract, Family and Medical Leave Act and American with Disabilities Act violations, civil rights, wage and hour claims and other employment-related claims.
In addition to her litigation experience, Kendra frequently advises and supports clients on pre-litigation employment matters, including consultation regarding the proper handling of disciplinary matters, hiring practices, and workplace investigations. Kendra also handles matters relating to employment contracts, including severance agreements, and non-compete agreements. Kendra also provides advice and counsel to employers on diversity and inclusion initiatives and developing legally compliant policies and procedures tailored to each specific client’s needs.
Whether advising an employee or employer, Kendra is committed to providing guidance at the earliest possible stage and utilizes a hands-on approach to solving clients’ problems.
Georgetown University, B.S.L.A. 2003
University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D. 2006
Chicago Bar Association (2016 – Present)
United States District for the Northern District of Illinois 2016
Jackson County Bar Association- 2012 & 2013. President and also sat on board as Immediate Past President 2014 & 2015