Liz is an experienced trial attorney, who concentrates her practice in liability litigation. Liz represents clients in the insurance and fire suppression industries. In addition, Liz has particular experience in employment matters, having counseled and defended employers at all phases of litigation both court and in administrative proceedings. She has handled wage-and-hour actions and employment disputes, as well as business disputes and general civil litigation. Liz has experience in all phases of litigation, including defending jury trials; developing, preparing and presenting witnesses; and briefing and arguing dispositive motions.
Liz’s motion practice successes include litigation-ending dispositive motion victories in both state and federal courts in Missouri and Kansas. Her trial experience includes defense verdicts in single-plaintiff employment litigation, as well as common law claims. Significantly, Liz recently received an order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, granting summary judgment on all nine of a former employee’s counts against a large area automotive manufacturer. In addition, Liz received an oral ruling from the bench granting her motion for summary judgment, filed in Kansas state court, on behalf of an area packaging solutions company.
Liz is deeply involved in the Kansas City community, where she is active in civic and volunteer roles as well as pro bono representation. She is a member of the board of directors for Amethyst Place, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing and resources to women in recovery and their children. She also is a volunteer for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), providing community education and outreach to children through the Project Aware program for elementary school children and curriculum based programming for older students. Liz also represents transgender clients through Shook’s Pro Bono Program and works to ensure every transgender person has access to assistance in navigating the complicated name and gender change process, along with any other legal issues they may face.
Liz is also involved with area organizations advancing the arts. She served as the co-chair for the 2015 Kansas City Art Institute’s Art and Design Auction, spending nearly two years creating committees, working with development staff and planning an event that raised nearly $450,000 for student scholarships. She also helped create a new signature annual fundraising event for Just Like You Films, a local company that creates films and other materials for educational audiences about subjects that include childhood cancer, burns, Down Syndrome and autism.
Presentations and Publications
Political Expression in the Workplace, October 2018.
Preparing Witnesses and Corporate Representatives for Depositions, October 2017.
Blurring the Line Separating Church and State: California Exposes the Inherent Problems of Charitable Choice, 86 Minn. L. Rev. 1629 (2002)