Uzo N. Nwonwu

Partner

  • location icon Kansas City, MO
    4600 Madison Avenue
    Suite 700
    Kansas City, MO 64112

Uzo Nwonwu is a partner in the Kansas City office of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Ms. Nwonwu’s practice focuses on counseling and litigation in all stages of the employment relationship. Ms. Nwonwu has represented and defended companies of all sizes and their management employees at every stage of the litigation process in matters involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. Her practice includes representation in state and federal courts in Missouri, Kansas, and other areas around the country, as well as before administrative agencies and in arbitration. Ms. Nwonwu excels at working with clients to understand the legal issues they face, develop a strategy for handling the issues quickly and efficiently based on the client’s goals, and then advocating to achieve those goals. Ms. Nwonwu also has vast experience counseling and defending employers in matters related to background checks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and routinely counsels employers on compliance in implementing background checks processes and conducting background checks. 

Ms. Nwonwu also has vast experience counseling and defending employers in matters related to background checks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. She has worked closely with business counseling and reviewing processes to ensure compliance in implementing background checks procedures and conducting background checks. 

Ms. Nwonwu regularly trains companies, including their legal counsel, management, and employees, on best practices with regard to all phases of the employment relationship including, background check compliance.

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Publications

  • Co-author, Kansas City, Mo., Enacts 'Ban-the-Box' Ordinance, SHRM Online February 12, 2018
  • Contributor, Employment Law Yearbook 2018, Practising Law Institute

Professional Presentations

  • Background Checks and "Ban the Box" Legislation, Speaker, Association of Corporate counsel, Mid-America Chapter, Kansas City, MO, November 2017
  • Codes of Conduct and Business Ethics - Best Practices for Developing and Implementing, Presenter, National Industries for the Blind Annual Compliance Symposium, Kansas City, MO June 2017
  • Ban the Box and Other New Restrictions in Hiring, Panel Presenter, National Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA October 2016
  • Background Checks: Avoiding and Defending Claims, Raffa Learning Community, Washington, DC, April 2016
  • Background Checks and Class Action Litigation, Kansas Bar Association CLE, Overland Park, KS, October 2014
  • Hiring and Disciplining Employees, Employment Law Seminar - National Business Institute, Overland Park, KS, November 2012
  • Employment Law Update and FLSA Issues, Employment Law Seminar - National Business Institute, Overland Park, KS, April 2012
  • Employment Law Practice - Defendant, UMKC - School of Law CLE, Kansas City, MO, 2012-2016

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Kansas
    • Missouri
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Admissions

Kansas

Missouri

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

United States District Court for the District of Kansas

Associations

  • Member, Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member, Jackson County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Lawyers Association of Kansas City - Young Lawyer's Section, 2014-2016

Awards & Honors

  • Named Rising Star by Super Lawyers of Missouri and Kansas 2017-2018
  • Barrister, Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court Program
  • The Order of Barristers

Education

University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2007

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2004

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