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Blumenthal, Michael, L.
Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC
300 Wyandotte, Suite 430 Kansas City, MO 64105

Bar Admissions

District of Kansas:
Bar #18582 (-)
State Bar of Georgia (1992); State Bar of Missouri (1997); USDC for NDGa. (1992); USDC for MDGa. (1995); USDC for WDMo. (1997); USDC for D. Colo. (2001); USCA for Third Circuit (1995); USCA for Eighth Circuit (1997); USCA for Tenth Circuit (2001).
In Good Standing:

ADR Experience

I have participated as a mediator or advocate in more than 300 mediations in the past five years. My experience and expertise is primarily in the mediation of employment disputes, including claims alleging wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, violations of the Family & Medical Leave Act, and wage and hour issues (including collective and class actions).
Lead Mediator:
200 times
2 times
Counsel for a Party:
Approx. 100 times

ADR Training

Course Info:
I received my mediation training at the University of Missouri\'s Center for the Study of Alternative Dispute Resolution (20 hours) and participated in Advanced Mediation Training presented by Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC (6 hours).
Total CME hours:
Approved Mediator for Civil Cases by the State of Kansas:

Legal Experience

My entire legal career has been devoted exclusively to dealing with labor and employment matters, with particular emphasis on the resolution of employment disputes. I am a published author and frequent speaker at continuing education programs on topics related to labor and employment law. I began my career as an associate in Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC\'s office in Atlanta, Georgia before returning to my hometown of Kansas City in 1997. After spending several years as an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Group of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP, I was instrumental of the establishment of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC\'s Kansas City office in 2000. In 2007, I became a principal of Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC.
Active Litigation:
17 years
1% representing Plaintiffs
99% representing Defendants
75% in Federal Courts
25% in State Courts
Other Experience:
J.D., The University of Kansas School of Law (1992); B.A., The University of Kansas (English)
Additional Details:
I am an active member of the American Bar Association\'s Labor & Employment Law Section\'s Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee, the Society for Human Resources Management, and the Human Resource Association of Johnson County (of which I am the President-Elect). I am past Chair of the Kansas City Metropolitian Bar Association\'s Labor & Employment Committee. My published articles include 10 THE LABOR LAWYER 19, The Defendant�s Perspective: Ethical Consideration In Representing and Counseling Multiple Parties In Employment Litigation (1994), and 1 THE KANSAS JOURNAL OF LAW & PUBLIC POLICY 155, Warning! Collective Bargaining Can Be Hazardous To Your Health (1991).

Fee Structure

$395 hourly, plus expenses. Four hour minimum. No travel time charged for mediations conducted in a three-hour driving radius of Kansas City or for travel time outside of normal business hours.

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