Jessica L. Skladzien


  • location icon Wichita, KS
    1605 North Waterfront Parkway
    Suite 150
    Wichita, KS 67206
  • location icon Kansas City, MO
    4600 Madison Avenue
    Suite 700
    Kansas City, MO 64112

Jessica Skladzien is a partner in the Wichita and Kansas City offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. She has considerable experience defending employment claims in state and federal courts, for both private and governmental employers. Her practice involves nearly every aspect of employment law: interacting with government administrative agencies on behalf of employers, counseling employers regarding employment policies and practices, advising federal contractors regarding their affirmative action obligations, and representing employers in civil litigation.

In addition to employment litigation, Ms. Skladzien has considerable educational law experience, especially as related to the constitutionality of the funding of K-12 public education in Kansas. Ms. Skladzien currently represents a group of Plaintiffs who have successfully sued the State of Kansas alleging that the level of school funding in Kansas is unconstitutional. That litigation is ongoing. She is also involved in a counterpart to that lawsuit, which is currently pending in federal court.

Aside from issues related to funding, Ms. Skladzien also has experience helping school districts and their employees navigate various state and federal laws. Most recently, Ms. Skladzien helped secure summary judgment in favor of a school teacher, after a student who allegedly experienced bullying at school attempted to hold the teacher responsible for that bullying.

Legal Experience

  • Representing numerous corporations against claims of sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • Navigating clients and federal contractors through Department of Labor audits and audits by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
  • Successfully securing dismissal of state law claim on basis of ERISA preemption.
  • Defending various federal civil rights claims, including First Amendment retaliation, brought against municipal entities.


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Kansas
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri



United States District Court for the District of Kansas

United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Awards & Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers - Rising Star


Washburn University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2009

Bethel College

Bachelor of Arts, 2006

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