Brian N. Woolley

Mr. Woolley has a broad range of experience representing management in labor and employment matters. Brian counsels clients on day-to-day personnel matters, including issues relating to hiring and terminations, wage and hour issues, and the adoption and application of personnel policies. In addition, he regularly represents employers in all phases of employment litigation, from dealing with administrative charges through trial. This experience covers all types of claims, including age, race, sex and disability discrimination. Brian also regularly defends employers faced with class and collective action claims for overtime and other wage and hour issues. 

In the labor relations area, Brian’s experience includes assisting clients with NLRB election campaigns, representing management in unfair labor practice investigations and other NLRB proceedings and in arbitration hearings, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. He also advises clients on practical and legal issues relating to application of collective bargaining agreements.

Brian has experience representing clients in a wide variety of industries, including professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, communications, transportation, and retailing. He frequently speaks at public seminars and client training programs on many topics, including sexual harassment, discipline and termination issues, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage and hour issues, and union organizing.

Court Memberships

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas


  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2017-2020
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources, HR Certification Institute
  • Selected as Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer, 2007 and 2008
  • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law (BNA)
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Note and Comment Editor, Northwestern Law Review, 1981-82
  • Wigmore Scholar; Order of the Coif

Professional Affiliations

  • Heartland Labor & Employment Institute, Board Member, 2018-present
  • The Missouri Bar
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Labor Law Committee, Vice Chair 1998
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Missouri Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Board Member, Wonderscope Children’s Museum, 1994-2004; President, 1998-2003
  • Chairman of Legal Counsel Committee, Farm House Fraternity International Executive Board
  • Board Member, Arthritis Foundation of Greater Kansas City and Western Missouri, 2004-2010
  • Board Member, Heartland Regional Council, Arthritis Foundation, 2007-2009



  • Speaker, Drugs in the Workplace: Weeding Out the Complexities of State and Federal Law Interactions, Heartland Labor & Employment Law Institute Conference, May 22, 2019
  • Speaker, Human Resources Legal Update, Medical Group Management Association of Greater Kansas City, June 20, 2018
  • Speaker, Lathrop Gage Labor & Employment Executive Briefing, Kansas City, November 16, 2017
  • Speaker, 7 Weeks and Counting: Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Overtime Rules?, Nonprofit Connect, Kansas City, 2016
  • Speaker, Making Sense of the Final Overtime Pay, Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City, 2016
  • Speaker, The New FLSA Salary Test: How Does it Balance Out?, Lathrop Gage Food & Hospitality Roundtable, Los Angeles, California, 2016
  • Speaker, DOL Changes: Understanding New Wage and Contractor Rules, Lathrop Gage State of Litigation, Kansas City, 2016
  • Speaker, Employment Law Hot Topics, The Aging Services Workforce: The Key to Our Success Conference, Kansas City, 2016
  • Speaker, Lathrop Gage Labor & Employment Executive Briefing, Kansas City, MO, November 17, 2016
  • Presenter, 7 Weeks and Counting: Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Overtime Rule Changes?, Lathrop Gage Webinar, October 12, 2016
  • Speaker, Handling a Charge and Mediation, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Technical Assistance Seminar, June 2014
  • Speaker, Hot Topics in Employment Law, Institute for Nursing Home Administrators, March 2013
  • Speaker, Updates to FLSA – Are You Prepared?, Springfield Area Human Resources Association, September 2012
  • Speaker, Lathrop Gage Labor & Employment Executive Briefing, Kansas City, November 11, 2011
  • Speaker, More Regulations from D.C., Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, November 2011
  • Speaker, Latest Developments in Human Resource Law, Institute for Nursing Home Administrators, March 2011
  • Speaker, Human Resource Hot Topics, DON Institute (Long Term Care), Missouri League for Nursing, September 2010
  • Speaker, Addressing Critical Personnel Issues, DON Institute (Long Term Care), Missouri League for Nursing, September 2009
  • Speaker, Human Resources Update,  Institute for Nursing Home Administrators, March 2009
  • Speaker, Workforce Webinar, Kansas Hospital Association, October 2008
  • Speaker, Human Resources Issues for Nurse Managers, Missouri League for Nursing, June 2008
  • Speaker, Essentials of HR for Long Term Care Facilities, Kansas Adult Care Executives, January 2008
  • Speaker, presentations on employment and labor topics at quarterly Hospital HR Roundtables, Kansas City Metropolitan Healthcare Council, 2007 – Present

In addition, Brian has presented on various employment and labor topics at seminars and meetings sponsored by Heartland Labor and Employment Institute (UMKC), Missouri Hospital Association, College and University Personnel Association, Employment Law Alliance, Human Resource Management Association of KC, Northland Medical Managers Association, Sterling Education Services, Professional Development Institute, Council on Education in Management and others.

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Jennifer Flowers



Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1982

Iowa State University, B.S., with distinction, 1978