Brent N. Coverdale

Contact Info


Assistant

Carolyn S. Noble


Practice Focus

Employment Litigation & Counseling

Business & Commercial Litigation


Education

J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Kansas School of Law, 1998

B.A., with honors, Kansas State University, 1995


Membership

Kansas Bar Association (CLE Liaison & Past President, Labor & Employment Committee)

Missouri Bar Association

Barrister, Earl E. O’Connor Inn of Court


Awards & Recognition

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Repeatedly Named Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group

Ranked by Chambers USA in the Kansas City area in the field of labor and employment law

As the firm’s employment litigation and counseling practice group chair, Brent has vast experience assisting clients with litigation and counseling matters throughout the country. In addition to general commercial litigation, Brent's practice focuses on employment law, including administrative agency proceedings, civil litigation, and trials.

His years of experience defending claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour class and collective actions, and agency investigations cause employers to seek his assistance representing them in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has obtained successful results for clients at all levels of litigation, from motions to dismiss through trial and appeal.

“My role is to help clients resolve complicated, stressful, and often emotionally-charged situations. I strive to find the right solution, whether that means proactive steps to avoid issues, addressing and resolving misbehavior, or helping clear someone’s good name.”

Brent also helps clients outside of litigation, counseling them on handbook and policy review and formulation, ADA and leave of absence issues, employee classification issues, employee and supervisor training, compliance audits, and investigations. He has worked on employment matters for a wide variety of companies, from retail operations, energy companies, telecommunications and information technology companies, automobile manufacturers, restaurants and food service operations, hotel chains, construction companies, hospitals, transportation services, staffing companies, educational institutions, financial companies, architecture and engineering firms, and insurance companies.

Results

  • Obtained a defense verdict in jury trial in Jackson County, Missouri on behalf of the Board of Police Commissioners of Kansas City, Missouri and Chief of Police Darryl Forté.  Four male applicants for a sergeant transfer to the Canine Unit brought claims of gender discrimination over the Chief’s selection of a female candidate. This case was recognized as one of the Top Ten Defense Wins in 2017 in Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
  • Obtained reversal of a roughly half-million-dollar award against a medical care staffing company.  The Department of Labor issued a determination finding violations of the H-1B program company-wide.  After we achieved reversal of portions of the determination through administrative hearings, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the remaining awards, finding that the Department overstepped its authority by initiating a company-wide investigation despite only finding reasonable cause to investigate one specific (and limited) issue for one employee.
  • Achieved summary judgment in state court against employee on behalf of energy provider. The former employee alleged gender discrimination and retaliation, based on alleged statements that she was not a viable candidate because of her status as a single parent with small children and later termination.
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