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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Illinois, 1983, Illinois Law Review (1982-83)
    • B.A., Purdue University, 1977, with distinction
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1984
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1995
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2001
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2001
Carol C. Barnett serves both as a trial lawyer and as a counselor to clients on preventive strategies to avoid employment-related litigation. She has extensive jury trial experience and counsels and litigates on behalf of numerous business and governmental entities on a wide range of employment-related matters, including ADA, FMLA, Title VII, retaliatory discharge, wage and hour issues, and age discrimination. Ms. Barnett’s defense work includes cases brought in federal and state courts, as well as administrative agency charges. She has successfully handled dispositive motions in employment law and other matters.

Ms. Barnett has previously worked as an assistant prosecutor for Buchanan County (1986-1991), where she handled a variety of complex criminal matters, ranging from homicide prosecutions to child sex abuse jury trials. She also handled civil cases for the Prosecutor’s Office.

Ms. Barnett regularly conducts training and seminars on hostile work environment issues and other areas of employment law of interest to businesses and government entities. She also frequently makes presentations to various community groups on legal issues. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Barnett worked for three years in employee relations/employee communications for Armstrong World Industries, a Fortune 500 company, in its corporate headquarters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  • Successful motion to dismiss multi-count employee benefits case under ERISA for a large health care provider.
  • Successful summary judgment motion in favor of public official charged with various First Amendment violations.
  • Successful motion to dismiss a contract claim in state court on behalf of a health care provider, using ERISA preemption argument.
  • Successful motion to dismiss in employee benefits case on behalf of a major health care provider.
  • Successful summary judgment motion in multi-plaintiff employment discrimination matter in federal court on all claims.
  • Successful summary judgment motion on all claims of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliatory discharge.


Publications & Presentations
PolsinelliAtWork.com Blog
September 29, 2016
Publications & Presentations
PolsinelliAtWork.com Blog
July 5, 2016
Publications & Presentations
Tightening the Collar: New DOL Rules on White Collar Salaries
SHRM/Chamber of Commerce; Lunch & Learn
June 14, 2016
Publications & Presentations
DOL Change to White Collar Salary Minimum, DOL Electronic Device Issues - Legal Fundamentals
April 5, 2016
Publications & Presentations
PolsinelliAtWork.com Blog
March 17, 2016
Publications & Presentations
PolsinelliAtWork.com Blog
November 10, 2015
Publications & Presentations
Solving Mysterious Leaves of Absence Issues: An Interactive Discussion
May 16, 2015
Publications & Presentations
Marijuana in the Workplace
Youth Alliance
May 21, 2015
Publications & Presentations
Workplace Investigations: The good, the bad, and the (sometimes…) outright fraudulent
Legal Fundamentals
April 28, 2015
Publications & Presentations
Retaliation & Whistleblower Issues in Missouri
HRMA of Northwest Missouri
May 20, 2014