Overview

Kendra helps employers prevent and solve problems. She is an experienced advisor and litigator, representing employers and businesses in litigation and advising them outside of formal legal proceedings. While Kendra works with employers in various industries, she works most frequently with clients in the health care, construction, manufacturing, transportation and technology industries.

Kendra regularly drafts employment policies and agreements, including non-competes and other restrictive covenants, and represents employers in litigation on these same matters. She has obtained numerous dismissals of discrimination, harassment and retaliation charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Iowa Civil Rights Commission, as well as winning summary judgment for multiple clients facing similar claims in state or federal court. She has also successfully represented clients in jury trials, bench trials, other agency proceedings and arbitration. This litigation experience helps Kendra to better advise clients on practical solutions, always keeping their end business goals in mind. She is sought out for her experience in advising on and litigating matters under Iowa’s drug and alcohol testing statute. In addition, Kendra advises on due diligence matters for clients engaged in mergers and acquisitions.

Kendra’s practice focuses on employment law and litigation, but her general business litigation background allows her to serve the wide-ranging legal needs of businesses and employers. Before joining the firm, Kendra was an associate at Seigfreid Bingham, P.C. in Kansas City, where she practiced general business litigation and worked on matters involving transportation law, employment law, and health care law, among other areas of law.

Services

Experience

Employment

  • Obtained dismissal of multiple civil rights complaints brought against employers by former employees.
  • Drafts employment policies, handbooks and agreements (including non-competes and other restrictive covenants).
  • Advises clients on employment policies and various individual employment issues outside of litigation.

Appellate

  • Successfully affirmed district court’s grant of motion to dismiss case for failure to state a claim. Garrett & Vandewalle v. Branson Commerce Park Community Improvement District (10th Cir. 2016).
  • Represented motor carrier in appealing agency’s unfavorable decision under federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act. TransAm Trucking, Inc. v. Admin. Review Board (10th Cir. 2016).
  • Represented motor carrier in petitioning for review of FMCSA action regarding a settlement agreement. TransAm Trucking, Inc. v. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin. (10th Cir. 2015).

Litigation

  • Successfully moved to compel arbitration of employment discrimination claims. Woolridge v. Select Genetics, LLC, Case No. 21-CV-05057-MDH (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, August 2021).
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice for employer in employment discrimination and defamation case. Clark v. Murphy Warehouse Co., et al., Case No. 27-CV-20-11832 (Hennepin County District Court, February 2021).
  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in disability discrimination case under the ICRA based on a lack of qualifying disability. Rounds v. Risen Son Christian Village, Case No. LACV119744 (Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, August 2020).
  • Part of a trial team that obtained a more than $1.6 million verdict in a business dispute involving breach of restrictive covenants (Pierce Street Same Day Surgery, L.C. v. Dr. Adam Smith et al., Case No. LACV178878 (Iowa District Court for Woodbury County Feb. 20, 2020).
  • Defended employer against claim by former employee alleging violation of Iowa’s drug-and-alcohol testing statute (Iowa Code section 730.5).
  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in race discrimination and retaliation case under ICRA and Title VII. Goodman v. Performance Contractors, et al. (N.D. Iowa 2019).
  • Helped obtain temporary injunction against physicians prohibiting them from further violating their restrictive covenants. Pierce Street Same Day Surgery, L.C. v. Dr. Adam Smith et al., Case No. LACV178878 (Iowa District Court for Woodbury County Feb. 5, 2018).
  • Helped obtain temporary injunction against pediatrician and her new clinic prohibiting her from further violating her noncompetition agreement. Prairie Pediatrics & Adolescent Clinic, P.C. vs. Dr. Tina Smith & Tri-State Specialists, LLP, Case No.: LACV177912 (Iowa District Court for Woodbury County Dec. 22, 2017).
  • Obtained summary judgment for employer in FMLA entitlement and discrimination case initiated by a former administrator. Roys v. Upper Iowa University (N.D. Iowa 2017).
  • Successfully defended delivery service provider against violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act in administrative hearing and through administrative appeals.
  • Successfully represented businesses in bench and jury trials.
  • Represented defendant national retail chain in complex, multi-million dollar arbitration.
  • Defended motor carrier and multiple health care entities against discrimination and other employment claims.
  • Represented defendants, including a motor carrier and professional sports franchise, in class actions in federal court.

Other

  • Assisted company in developing uniform procedure for collecting from non-paying customers.
  • Revised contract documents for a service company to improve efficiency in the event matters resulted in litigation.

Credentials

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 2013, magna cum laude
  • Baker University, B.A., 2010, summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Iowa, 2016
  • Minnesota, 2021
  • Kansas, 2014
  • Missouri, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2022
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 2022
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2013

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch®, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2022-2023
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers, Rising Star – Employment Litigation: Defense, 2017-present
  • J.L. Weigand, Jr. Notre Dame Legal Educational Trust

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee
  • Washburn Law Journal, Technical Editor, 2012-2013; Staff Writer, 2011-2012

Community

  • Mind & Spirit Counseling Center, HR Committee Chair, Board of Directors, 2021-present
  • Lead DSM, Governance Chair, 2021-2022; Governance Chair-Elect, 2020-2021; Community Leadership Program, 2019-2020
  • Young Variety Iowa
  • Make It OK Iowa, Ambassador, 2020-present
  • Young Professionals Connection, Community Engagement Director, 2017-2018

News & Insights

Legal Updates

Publications & Presentations

Co-Panelist, “Pre-employment Strategies: Expert Discussion,” ABI Pre-employment Seminar, March 30, 2022

Co-Presenter, "Retooling Remote Work for the Future and Wandering Employees," Fredrikson & Byron's Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, October 28, 2021

Presenter, “Marijuana Maze: Tips for Employers on Navigating the Changing Legal Landscape,” ABI Advanced Manufacturing Conference, September 29, 2021

Author, “The Present and Future of Drug and Alcohol Testing—What Employers Should Know About the Iowa Supreme Court’s Recent Decisions,” Iowa Association of Business and Industry, July 15, 2021

Author, “Top Areas of Focus for Employers Reopening Their Workplaces?,” hrsimple HR Blog, June 21, 2021

Author, “Reimagining the Workplace: Strategies for a Positive Way Forward in the 'New Normal',” Iowa Association of Business and Industry, June 17, 2021

Presenter, “The Post-Pandemic Workplace,” Iowa Employment Conference Webinar, April 7, 2021

Co-Presenter, “Reimagining the Workplace: Strategies for a Positive Way Forward in the ‘New Normal’,” Fredrikson & Byron Employment & Labor Webinar, April 1, 2021

Co-Presenter, “Herd Immunity and Return-to-Office Webinar,” Greater Des Moines Partnership Webinar, March 23, 2021

Co-Presenter, “Federal Employment Law Issues in the Evolving COVID-19 Environment,” Fredrikson & Byron Health Law Webinar Series, November 11, 2020

Co-Presenter, “Mental Health in the Workplace: COVID-19 and Beyond,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, October 29, 2020

Presenter, “Safety, Compliance, and Business Continuity During a Pandemic,” Community Bankers of Iowa, September 9, 2020

Co-Author, “FFCRA Provides Paid Leave Benefits for Back-To-School,” Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Business Record Iowa, August 2020

Co-Presenter, "Forensic Discovery/Extraction of Data from Electronic Devices and Effective Use in Trial," ISBA Annual Meeting, May 21, 2020

Co-Presenter, “COVID-19 Employment Issues,” Iowa Employment Conference, April 9, 2020

Presenter, “Marijuana Maze: Tips for Employers on Navigating the Changing Legal Landscape,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Employment Law Seminar, Des Moines, IA, October 4, 2019

Co-Presenter, "Investigating Complaints in Today’s Workplace," Fredrikson & Byron Event, May 23, 2019

Presenter, “An Update on Employee Privacy Issues,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Employment Law Seminar, West Des Moines, IA, September 27, 2018

Presenter, “DOL Developments,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Employment Law Seminar, West Des Moines, IA, September 27, 2017

Presenter, “Restrictive Covenants Refresher,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Employment Law Seminar, West Des Moines, IA, September 27, 2017

Presenter, “Piecing Together the New Wage and Hour Reality,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Employment Law Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa, October 6, 2016

Co-Author, “Courses of Action after Allegations of Misconduct,” American Bar Association Business Torts Journal, Winter 2014, Vol. 21, No. 2

Author, “The End of Design-Defect Claims: The Supreme Court’s Immunization of Vaccine Manufacturers in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC,Washburn Law Journal, Vol. 51 No.3

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