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Matthew James O'Laughlin

Matthew James O'Laughlin

Practice areas:

Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Employment & Labor, Wrongful Termination

About Me


Matt O'Laughlin has devoted his career to representing workers who have been treated unfairly by corporations and government agencies. He has successfully represented workers at trial in both state and federal court. His trial method is simply to present the facts to the jury in a straightforward and honest way and to effectively counter defense tactics that distort the truth. Prior to his work representing employees, Matt served the people of the State of Missouri as an Assistant Attorney General. He handles a variety of cases, including sexual harassment, retaliation/whistleblower claims, discrimination, consumer protection, and wage and hour violations.


 


Matt successfully argued the landmark case of Doe ex rel. Subia v. Kansas City Missouri School District, (Mo. App. W.D. 2012), the first case in Missouri to hold that the Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits student-on-student sexual assault and harassment and that the standard of proof for such cases should be lower than that required under federal law.  He was also successful in arguing the seminal case of Tolentino v. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. (Mo. 2014), the first case in which the Missouri Supreme Court interpreted the Missouri Minimum Wage Law.  The Court held that the joint employer doctrine could hold a hotel responsible for the failure of its temporary staffing agencies to pay its employees' wages.   


 


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Sexual Harassment: 35%
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
  3. Discrimination: 25%
  4. Wrongful Termination: 15%

Attorney Endorsements

18 total 

  • Summer Gomillion Walker

    Mr. O'Laughlin is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Summer Walker Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. O'Laughlin. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help.

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    Mark Clay Immigration Attorney
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Contact Info

Holman Schiavone LLC

4600 Madison Ave Ste 810
molaughlin@hslawllc.com
Kansas City, MO, 64112-1283

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive201507/06/2015
KSAuthorized to practice law201008/09/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200408/17/2015
MOGood Standing, Active200201/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
James Madison AwardUMKC Law SchoolN/A
Dean's Achievement Award for Constitutional Law IUMKC Law SchoolN/A
Dean's Achievement Award for Constitutional Law IIUMKC Law SchoolN/A
Dean's Achievement Award for First Amendment LawUMKC Law SchoolN/A
Dean's Achievement Award for Constitutional InterpretationUMKC Law SchoolN/A

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association (Kansas City chapter)N/AN/A

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
BNA BOOKSContributing Editor (Kansas Chapter), WAGE AND HOUR LAWS, A STATE-BY-STATE SURVEY, ABA SECTION OF LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW, 2014 Supplement2014
UMKC Law ReviewThe People Can Do No Wrong: An Examination of State and Eleventh Amendment Sovereign Immunity for Missouri's School Districts2006
UMKC Law ReviewExigent Circumstances: Circumscribing the Exclusionary Rule in Response to 9/112002
UMKC Law ReviewTherapist-Client Dual Relationship Bans and Freedom of Association2001

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1997

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Counseling EthicsTherapist-Client Dual Relationship Bans2006