Rosalee M. McNamara

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, and individual and multi-party lawsuits and charges. She regularly 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, accounting firms, construction and engineering firms, healthcare organizations, technology companies, and non-profit organizations.

Ms. McNamara has been named a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and for many years has been selected as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA, and among Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Top 50 Female Lawyers. She has been a guest lecturer on legal issues at several universities.

Ms. McNamara serves as the firm's Deputy Managing Partner and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee, and has served as Manager of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department.

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, Western District of Missouri, and Eastern District of Missouri 
  • Missouri


  • 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, 2004-2019
  • 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

  • Employment Law Alliance; Selected Representative for Missouri and Kansas
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Past Director and President, YLS
  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance, Founding Board Member and Past Director
  • Kansas City Municipal Officials Ethics Commission, appointed by Mayor
  • Kansas City Tomorrow Civic Council Leadership Training Program



  • Speaker, Webinar, "Year in Review: Key U.S. Labor and Employment Developments in 2014 and What to Expect in 2015"
  • Speaker, Top Employment Law Risks for Non-Profits, Lathrop Gage Nonprofit Conversations
  • Speaker, FMLA & ADAAA, Springfield Area Human Resources Association
  • Speaker, Lathrop Gage Labor & Employment Executive Briefing, Kansas City, MO

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