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Patrick F. Hulla

Shareholder Kansas City

Patrick (“Pat”) Hulla co-leads the firm’s Class Action Defense Group. Since 1993, Pat has represented employers who have been sued by current and former employees. He has led the defense in dozens of class and collective actions. Examples of his recent success include:

  • Denial of class certification in consumer race discrimination action;
  • Denial of national conditional certification of age discrimination claims under the ADEA;
  • Denial of class action certification of off-the-clock claims under various states' laws;
  • Denial of state-wide FLSA conditional collective action certification of an off-the-clock claim;
  • Decertification of an off-the-clock FLSA action involving 800 employees across the United States and two state law class actions involving more than 3,200 employees;
  • Decertification of an off-the-clock FLSA collective action involving more than 475 employees working at a single location;
  • Decertification of a nationwide store manager FLSA misclassification case;
  • Decertification of FLSA uniform donning and doffing claims;
  • Involuntary dismissal of federal misclassification and off-the-clock claims because offers of judgment mooted the controversy denying court's subject matter jurisdiction;
  • Involuntary dismissal of state law claims in a hybrid off-the-clock class and FLSA collective action; and
  • Summary judgement in an outside sales FLSA misclassification case.


Experience

Pat’s practice is concentrated in the area of complex employment litigation. Pat has successfully led, and co-led, the defense in more than 75 class and collective actions on behalf of numerous Fortune 100 companies. Pat has provided advice and counsel on many more class and collective actions. Pat has also been lead defense counsel in discrimination class actions, age discrimination collective actions, breach of contract class actions, and wage and hour class and collective actions. Pat’s litigation experience includes cases in 27 states. In light of his class and collective action experience, Pat has often been asked to lead proactive audits of clients’ employment practices.

Pat’s career includes in-house and outside counsel experience. While in-house, he worked very closely with, and gained significant knowledge about, Human Resources operations, such as payroll, compensation, and benefits. Pat was often called on to (1) lead significant Human Resources initiatives, such as proactive wage and hour audits, and (2) manage significant employment litigation, including numerous class and collective actions. Pat now leverages his in-house experience to defend clients in complex employment litigation.

Although Pat’s practice focuses on complex employment litigation, he has also favorably tried 15 lawsuits and 5 employment arbitrations throughout the Midwest. Several of the cases Pat has tried were prosecuted by multiple plaintiffs.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • The American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Kansas Bar Association
  • The Johnson County Bar Association
  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - '''Winning' Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Headline News'' - Chicago - May 05, 2016
  • 23rd National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions - ''The Surge in Litigation and Settlements Involving Unpaid Time for Pre/Post Shift Activities (Booting Up, Logging Off, Security Screenings) and Alternative Working Arrangements'' - Miami - January 29, 2015
  • 18th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions - ''Hot Topics on Wage and Hour Law Part I: The Latest Developments in 'Off-the-Clock' Claims, Meal and Rest Breaks, and Tipping'' - New York - May 30, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Mediating and Settling Your Class or Collective Action'' - New Orleans - May 09, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Must Plaintiffs Prove Damages to Get a Class Certified - Some Thoughts on Comcast v. Behrend?'' - New Orleans - May 09, 2013
  • 17th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions - ''Defining 'On the Clock' and Factoring in the Latest Developments in Meal and Rest Breaks and Tipped Employee Claims'' - Miami - January 24, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Practical Issues In Class Action Litigation – Communication, Notice And Court Approval'' - Phoenix - May 11, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Certification In Collective And Discrimination Class Actions: The Evolving Standards'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Everything Old is New Again – Developments Under the FLSA'' - Las Vegas - March 09, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Life Cycle Of A Wage & Hour Class/Collective Action'' - Chicago - May 11, 2011
  • Kansas SHRM Employment Law Conference - ''Compliance and Regulatory Updates - The Age of O'' - Topeka - February 11, 2011
  • 11th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions - ''Off-the-Clock Wage & Hour Litigation: New Concerns Brought About by a 24/7 Work Force'' - Miami - January 31, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Class and Collective Action Phenomenon: Don’t Be the Next Victim'' - Las Vegas - May 05, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Everything Old is New Again – Developments Under the FLSA'' - Kansas City - February 18, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Class and Collective Actions: The Latest Legal Issues and Trends'' - Miami - May 08, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Lily Ledbetter and Other Recent Developments Regarding Compensation'' - Kansas City - April 16, 2009
  • Kansas SHRM Employment Law Conference - ''Independent Contractors: Perils, Pitfalls & Pointers'' - Topeka - February 02, 2009
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society Event - ''Current Issues in Employment Practices Liability'' - Kansas City - September 16, 2008
  • Employment Law Developments Facing Employers Today - ''Wage and Hour Pitfalls – Avoiding Common Employer Mistakes'' - Kansas City - April 08, 2008
  • Employment Law Issues Facing Employers Today - ''Employee Loyalty'' - Kansas City - October 30, 2007
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Wage and Hour Claims – Avoid Being the Next Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit'' - Kansas City - March 09, 2007
  • Baker University - ''Equal Opportunity & the Law'' - Overland Park - March 09, 2006
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