Amy has focused on employment and civil rights law from the time she began practicing in 1999. Before dedicating herself to helping individuals, she gained valuable experience working for a large national law firm in its employment law section. This experience has been critical in forming her dynamic approach to pursing the rights of individuals because she has first-hand knowledge of how companies and public institutions function.
Amy knows it takes courage to take on an employer or large institution. She goes to great lengths to help her clients understand what to expect throughout the legal process. She will not try to force her clients to make uncomfortable decisions. She knows her cases are not about her, but instead are about her clients and making positive change in the places we spend much our lives—work and school. With a keen understanding that corporate employers and public institutions usually have the size and muscle to push individuals to feel as though there is little chance for success, Amy will not back down. She works tirelessly to protect and empower her clients through difficult conflicts and come out on the side of justice and against bullies. Her skill and fortitude are evident in the results she has achieved for her clients in jury trials, the appellate courts, and in settlement negotiations.
Amy grew up in Atlanta and spent much of her life in the Midwest, where many of her relatives lived. She was the first in her family to attend college. She was lucky to be a good student, but she was even more fortunate to be in an environment where it wasn’t enough just to be smart. Instead, she had to use her abilities for practical problem-solving to gain the respect of a family who had to earn every penny they had.
National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers
Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation (Plaintiff), since 2014
Super Lawyer, 2018 Top 50 Women
AVVO Rating (Peer and Client Reviewed): 10/10 “Superb”
Appellate Advocate of the Year, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2013
Missouri Bar Award for Ethics and Professionalism
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement
Editor-in-Chief, The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2008, 2009 Cumulative Supplement, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, BNA Books
Contributing Editor (Kansas Chapter), Greg McGillivary, Wage and Hour Laws, A State-by-State Survey, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, BNA Books
The People Can Do No Wrong: An Examination of State and Eleventh Amendment Sovereign Immunity for Missouri’s School Districts, 74 UMKC L. Rev. 885, 2006
Student Discipline and the First Amendment in Cyberspace, MoASBO, Feb, 2006
Flexible Academic Programs in Legal Education: Diversifying Our Law Schools by Creating Opportunities for Nontraditional Students, 67 UMKC L. Rev. 165, 1998
Do Your Duty: Employers’ Affirmative Duty to Accommodate Employees in the Uniformed Services
Editor, Missouri Evidence Deskbook, 2006
Editor/Reviewer, Professor Nancy Levit’s The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law, N.Y. Univ. Press, 1998
Univ. of Missouri – J.D., 1999 (with Honors), Law Review – Lead Literary Editor
Univ. of Missouri – B.A. Sociology, 1994 (with Honors); Univ. of Georgia, 1986-89
Member for Eighth Circuit Committee on Model Jury Instructions
Law Clerk to the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., United States District Court – Western District of Missouri
Assistant to Mayor Emanuel Cleaver (KC’s first African American mayor) for Constituent Affairs (1998)
Amy is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics concerning litigation, employment law, and school sexual abuse