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 by Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel and by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers since 2005. He is acknowledged by The 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 by The Best Lawyers In America as 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's Employment Law Handbook and the Annual Survey of Law, and contributes regularly to other legal and human resources publications.
September 18, 2014 Bradley Boyer, Alan Rupe and John Schembari Represent Senior Studio Executive in Employment Deal
Kutak Rock partners Bradley Boyer, Alan Rupe and John Schembari collaborated to assist a senior entertainment industry executive in reaching an employment agreement with his new employer.
August 18, 2014 2015 Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 56 Kutak Rock Attorneys
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce that 56 of its attorneys are included in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America publication.
July 1, 2014 Kansas 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, 2014 Bradley 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, 2014 Kutak Rock Recognized by Chambers USA
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce its Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska offices and attorneys are honored in the 2014 Chambers USA guide to the best law firms and lawyers.
March 7, 2014 Kansas 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, 2014 Kutak 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, 2013 Record Number of Kutak Rock Attorneys Named Best Lawyers Forty-seven Kutak Rock attorneys reprenting 10 of the firm's 16 offices have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.
May 23, 2013 Essential Job Functions, Though Performed Infrequently, Ruled Essential
February 11, 2013 Class Certification Defeated in Los Angeles Superior Court
July 1, 2014 Supreme 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, and Harris 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.
June 24, 2014 FCA 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.
June 20, 2014 First 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.
April 2, 2013 Fair 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.