Patrick F. Hulla

Shareholder || Kansas City

For more than 10 years, Patrick (“Pat”) Hulla co-led 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 more than 125 class and collective actions, and has provided advice and counsel regarding many more. 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.
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Pat’s practice is concentrated in the area of complex employment litigation. On behalf of numerous Fortune 100 companies, he 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 most states. In light of his class and collective action experience, he 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.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

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

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