Alan Rupe is a trial lawyer whose demonstration of special knowledge, skills and proficiency in civil trials has earned him the title of Board Certified Trial Specialist, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Rupe is also an Advocate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Advocate membership is by invitation only and granted only to those trial attorneys who are of high personal character and honorable reputation with considerable jury trial experience.
He is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only lawyer honor society representing less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers.
Mr. Rupe has been recognized bySuper Lawyers Corporate Counseland byMissouri and Kansas Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer since 2005. He is acknowledged byThe Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Civil Rights Law, Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment and Litigation - Municipal and in 2010, he was selected byThe Best Lawyers In Americaas Kansas Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law.
Mr. Rupe's practice embraces every aspect of employment law: day-to-day counseling, training, administrative agency proceedings, civil litigation, and trials. His years of experience defending claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, civil rights violations, and wage and hour class and collective actions, cause employers to seek him out for representation in state and federal courts across the United States. His practice is national: from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine, Minneapolis to Brownsville, he has maintained an active employment law trial practice for nearly 40 years. He chairs Kutak Rock law firm's National Employment Practice Group.
Oral argument and advocacy are two of Mr. Rupe's strengths; he is often retained to handle appellate arguments after previous counsel receives unfavorable rulings or verdicts by trial courts.
Mr. Rupe shares his knowledge and know-how through public speaking and writing. He speaks frequently to executives, lawyers and human resource professionals on a variety of workplace and legal issues. He is a contributing author to Defense Research Institute publications and the Kansas Bar Association'sEmployment Law Handbookand theAnnual Survey of Law, and contributes regularly to other legal and human resources publications.
July 1, 2014Kansas Supreme Court Rules Public Schools Unconstitutionally Inequitable
A team of Kutak Rock attorneys led by Alan Rupe of the firm's Wichita office is representing Kansas school districts in a high profile case against the State of Kansas for unconstitutionally funding public schools.
May 27, 2014Bradley Boyer and Alan Rupe Represent Studio Executive in Employment Matter
Litigation partner Bradley Boyer and employment partner Alan Rupe continue their successful handling of employment-related matters in the entertainment industry as they recently assisted a studio executive in connection with the negotiation of various employment documents.
May 23, 2014Kutak Rock Recognized by Chambers USA
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce its Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska offices and attorneys are honored in the 2014Chambers USAguide to the best law firms and lawyers.
March 7, 2014Kansas High Court Rules Legislature Underfunded Poor School Districts
Alan Rupe, managing partner of Kutak Rock's Wichita office, as well as Mark Kanaga and Jessica Skladzien, are among the attorneys representing four school districts and 31 individuals seeking adequte funding for public schools in Kansas. At issue in the courts is whether the Kansas legislature provides adequate funding to educate its state's students. A drop in state funding began in 2009.
March 3, 2014Kutak Rock Represents Top-Rated Los Angeles Radio Team
Attorneys Bradley Boyer and Alan Rupe represent popular radio show entertainers as they continue their unique approach to broadcasting.
August 15, 2013Record Number of Kutak Rock Attorneys Named Best Lawyers
Forty-seven Kutak Rock attorneys reprenting 10 of the firm's 16 offices have been listed inThe Best Lawyers in America 2014.
May 23, 2013Essential Job Functions, Though Performed Infrequently, Ruled Essential
February 11, 2013Class Certification Defeated in Los Angeles Superior Court
September 7, 2012Best Lawyers Increase by 50% to 45 attorneys
Forty-five Kutak Rock lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion inThe Best Lawyers in America2013.
January 27, 2012No Employer Liability in Third-Party Tort Actions
Downey v. Western Comty. College Area, 282 Neb. 970 (2012)
July 1, 2014Supreme Court Sets the Stage for Future Challenges with Pair of Labor-Related Rulings
With its term coming to a close, the Supreme Court has issued a pair of important opinions that set the stage for change in the labor and employment arena. The two cases -National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, No. 12-1281, andHarris v. Quinn, No. 11-681 - have the potential to shake up labor relations in the years to come. Employers should remain vigilant as this precedent works through the NLRB and the courts and should be prepared to modify policies and procedures as necessary. Client Alert
June 24, 2014FCA Retaliation Claims Not Covered by Employment Agreement's Mandatory Arbitration Provision
This Client Alert is about an important recent Sixth Circuit opinion finding that False Claims Act (FCA) retaliation claims were not covered by an employment agreement's mandatory arbitration provision. As one of the only opinions on the topic, the ruling could diminish the effectiveness of mandatory arbitration provisions in employment agreements, especially given the rapid rise of FCA retaliation claims. Given such decisions, close work with your Kutak Rock attorneys will become ever more crucial to ensure that your mandatory arbitration provisions are read to cover those claims and many others. Client Alert
June 20, 2014First Amendement Protection in Retaliation Cases
On June 19, 2014 the United States Supreme Court held that First Amendment protections extend to public workers who provide subpoenaed testimony. For more information, read our client alert. Client Alert
April 2, 2013Fair Labor Standards Act: DOL Deference In Doubt
The amount of deference federal courts should pay to the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) administrative guidelines may be in doubt. Read this client alert to learn more.
•Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers(since 2005)
•Super LawyersCorporate Counsel
•The Best Lawyers in America
•Best Lawyers2010 Kansas Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law
•Wichita Bar Association President's Award for outstanding service in drafting Wichita Bar Association's Diversity Action Plan
•United Way of the Plains, Board of Directors