John Vering was selected by his peers as the 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment for the Kansas City metropolitan area by Best Lawyers in America® and was named in 2014 as one of the top 100 attorneys in Missouri and Kansas by Super Lawyers. He leads the Employment and Labor Law practice group in the Kansas City office. A strong litigator, John works with both local and national organizations in an array of industries defending employment lawsuits, prosecuting and defending non-compete and trade secret cases and counseling clients on employment related issues. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association.
Appearing before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies throughout the Midwest, John defends employers in connection with an array of employee claims including cases alleging employment discrimination based on sex, sexual harassment, race, religion, national origin, and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Missouri Human Rights Act. He also handles matters involving wrongful discharge, wage and hour, the National Labor Relations Board, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claims, including death cases.
Frequently, John litigates unfair competition matters arising from breaches of non-compete and non-solicit agreements and violations under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. He regularly secures temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctions to prevent businesses from suffering the irreparable harm that would result if their trade secrets were disclosed or their customers were unfairly solicited by former employees.
John drafts, reviews, and provides state-of-the-art policies, handbooks, and employment contracts. Well-versed in best practices, he speaks, writes, and trains employers on how to avoidance discrimination and other claims by employees.