Bridget B. Romero
Bridget Romero’s practice is focused exclusively on employment and labor law, serving as leader of the firm's Employment & Labor Practice Group. She regularly counsels business owners, HR professionals and in-house lawyers on a full range of matters, including performance management and HR best practices, employment and separation agreements, wage and hour/FLSA classifications, sick leave laws, drug testing policies and cutting-edge matters, including LGBTQ issues in the workplace and ban-the-box legislation. Bridget also drafts employee handbooks and offers cost-effective handbook update and training services, as well as workplace investigations.
Since 2014, Lathrop Gage has relied on Bridget to serve as the Firm’s Personnel Partner. In this role, she is responsible for developing preventive policies and procedures, as well as managing the firm’s employment issues as they arise. This perspective has further deepened Bridget’s understanding and compassion for the real-world issues facing her clients, making her an extremely valuable ally in developing their employment-related strategies. During the process of becoming individually ranked in the 2019 Chambers & Partners Missouri Labor & Employment category, Bridget's clients raved to Chambers: "She is very responsive and provides excellent counsel, not only from a legal perspective, but from a practical perspective as it relates to business needs. She is experienced, intuitive, and an excellent communicator."
Having served as Lathrop Gage’s employment counsel, Bridget is extremely aware of the need to handle matters efficiently and cost-effectively. To save clients time and money, she has developed unique checklists and processes for handling employment issues. When prevention is not enough and legal issues arise, she seeks swift, pre-trial resolution to minimize the disruption to business operations and fees that clients often face in such situations.
When matters ultimately require trial, Bridget is extremely effective at fiercely and aggressively advocating for her clients’ positions. For example, on behalf of one of the country’s largest employers, on two separate occasions Bridget received complete defense verdicts on employment discrimination and retaliation claims brought by former employees where the jury deliberated for less than an hour.
Bridget has handled countless administrative charges of employment discrimination before the EEOC and state and local agencies, as well as unfair labor practices charges before the NLRB. Recently, Bridget was able to convince the EEOC that a matter the agency had “flagged” for possible litigation was meritless, and litigation by the EEOC was unwarranted after a protracted investigation conducted by the agency.
In the immigration field, Bridget assists employers who wish to employ executives, managers, professionals, artists and skilled workers from abroad. Bridget’s achievements include receiving nonimmigrant and immigrant petition approvals on behalf of acclaimed ballet dancers, painters and physicians. She has filed countless H-1B, L and O-1 petitions, and she is also well-versed in the areas of employment eligibility verification (Form I-9 Compliance, E-Verify) and employment authorization under immigration law. Bridget has also helped shape revisions to state regulations regarding employment eligibility verification which conflicted with federal law on the topic.
Before going to law school, Bridget volunteered in Peru for two years and worked as a refugee resettlement case manager with refugees from Bosnia, Vietnam and Somalia. She is fluent in Spanish which allows her to serve clients in unique ways where Spanish is involved, from translation of key documents to witness interviews.
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- Named among "2019 NextGen Leaders" by the Kansas City Business Journal, 2019
- Chambers USA, Missouri Labor & Employment, 2019, Band 3
- Best Lawyers in America®, 2019-2020
- Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2018
- Chambers USA, Missouri Labor & Employment, 2018, Recognized Practitioner
- Selected for KC Business “Rising Stars,” 2014
- KC Chamber of Commerce Centurions Class of 2013
- Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” 2011-2015
- Managing Editor, Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review
- Cristo Rey Kansas City, Board of Trustees
- Heartland Labor and Employment Law Institute Committee
- American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
- The Missouri Bar
- Kansas Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Speaker, Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims in a Volatile Time, Johnson County Bar Association, City of Lenexa City Hall, November 8, 2018
- Speaker, Navigating the Waters in the Wake of #MeToo, Infinitas Fall Business Forum, October 16, 2018
- Immigration Reform & Control Act, Ch. 11, Kansas Employment Law, 3rd Edition (2016), Kansas Bar Association
- Panel Moderator, Agency Best Practices, 28th Annual Heartland Labor & Employment Law Conference, May 26, 2016
- Program Chairperson and Moderator, “HR Strategies: A Lifeline for Uncertain Times,” Heartland Labor & Employment Institute 26th Annual Conference, Overland Park, KS, May 2014
- Expansion of Employment Law by Regulatory Agencies, 23rd Annual Heartland Labor & Employment Law Conference, June 2, 2011
- Employment Law Update, 22nd Annual Heartland Labor & Employment Law Conference, June 3, 2010
- I-9, E-Verify & Immigration Law Updates, Human Resources Association of Central Missouri, June 9, 2009
- Immigration Compliance webinar, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, June 2, 2009
- 2008 Conference on Immigration, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, April 17, 2008
- March 2, 2018
- November 21, 2017
- January 10, 2014
- August 15, 2019
- May 3, 2019
- November 14, 2018
- August 15, 2018
- May 3, 2018
- October 14, 2013
- October 15, 2012
- January 4, 2012
- November 1, 2011
2345 Grand Blvd.Suite 2200Kansas City, MO 64108
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2004
Santa Clara University, B.A., 1996