Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Denise Drake is known for her creative and practical approach to employment law issues, as well as her sincere interest in helping employers improve their workplaces, proactively avoid litigation, and strategically defend against lawsuits. Denise has significant experience defending companies in employment lawsuits, including collective, class, multi-plaintiff, and multi-defendant employment actions. She has obtained defense verdicts in trials and arbitrations involving:
Sexual harassment claims
Sex, Race, Disability, and Age Discrimination
Retaliation and whistleblower claims
While Denise counsels clients in many industries, she has extensive experience and knowledge that allows her to advise clients on unique issues pertaining to certain industries, including:
Food and beverage
Denise has also successfully obtained dismissals or summary judgments in cases filed across the nation. She has successfully defeated nationwide certification of wage and hour class and collective actions; convinced plaintiffs to voluntarily dismiss actions; and advantageously used offers of judgment and other strategic tools to appropriately position cases for efficient resolution.
|Areas of Practice||1) Employment Litigation Defense, 2) Labor and Employment and 3) Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions|
|Law School||University of Kansas Law School (J.D.,1992)|
|Education||Webster University (M.A.,1989);State University (B.S.,1985)|
|Bar Member / Association||Missouri State Bar Association,Kansas State Bar Association,Iowa State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Polsinelli PC|
Ms. Fitzgerald represents employers in a wide range of industries, including the entertainment, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and transportation industries.