The ELA is proud to welcome our newest member firm: LOGOS  in Iceland!
The ELA is proud to welcome our newest member firm: LOGOS  in Iceland!
Rosalee McNamara

Rosalee McNamara
Kansas Employment Lawyer


Rosalee McNamara represents businesses and organizations in employment and litigation matters throughout the United States. She has successfully defended – from charge to jury verdict – a wide array of employment discrimination complaints and collective actions, and has handled numerous court and jury trials in federal and state court.

Ms. McNamara’s successes include:

  • class/collective actions;
  • defends and counsels clients regarding claims of sexual and other harassment, disability, race, age, sex, national origin, and religious discrimination;
  • Family and Medical Leave Act;
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and related issues;
  • hiring and reference procedures;
  • employee discipline and termination;
  • employee drug and alcohol testing policies and procedures;
  • collective action wage and overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act;
  • employer benefits; and
  • noncompetition agreements.

Ms. McNamara conducts internal investigations and training for private and public employers, and presents seminars on employment-related issues. Her clients include national manufacturers, entertainment and hospitality companies, educational organizations, professional and financial institutions, construction and engineering, healthcare, technology companies, and non-profit organizations.

Ms. McNamara has been a guest lecturer on legal issues at several universities. She is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee, and previously served as Manager of the Lathrop Gage LLP Labor & Employment Department.

Representative Cases:

  • Defended a waste management company in a case involving a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a waste management company in a case involving a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action. The decision was affirmed by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court denied certification.
  • Settled a potential class action involving gender and pay discrimination on behalf of an apparel manufacturer. Defended an apparel manufacturer in a gender and pay discrimination matter. The matter settled and our client paid less than one percent of the original demand by the Office of Federal Corporate Compliance Programs (OFCCP) within the U.S. Department of Labor.


  • Kansas City Business Journal, “Best of the Bar”, 2019
  • Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
  • Named the Kansas City, Mo. Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2020
  • Chambers USA, Band 1, Missouri Labor & Employment, 2004-2020
  • Selected for Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, and Top 50 Female Lawyers, 2005-2018
  • Selected to Ingram's Women Executives Kansas City 2018 Class 
  • Selected as a “Top Rated Lawyer” by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers - U.S. Labour and Employment Lawyers
  • Editor, Iowa Law Review

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Employment Law Alliance, Regional Officer; Business Development Committee, Chair
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Past Director and President, Young Lawyers Section
  • Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP), Founding Board Member and Past Director
  • The Missouri Bar

Court Memberships:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • District of Kansas
  • District of Western District of Missouri
  • Eastern District of Missouri 
  • Missouri


  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. with distinction
  • Grinnell College, B.A.

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