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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Missouri, 2013, Order of the Coif
    • B.A., summa cum laude, Truman State University, 2008, English; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Court Admissions
    • State of Missouri, 2013
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2015
    • State of Kansas, 2016
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2016
    • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal

Kaitlin (Kate) Gallen advises clients with regard to a wide variety of workplace issues, including employee leaves of absence, disability accommodations, religious accommodations, and conducting workplace investigations. Kate strives to ensure employers meet their business goals, including compliance with the law, avoidance of litigation, and appropriately positioning themselves to defend litigation when necessary.

Kate also strategically and creatively defends employers in all types and at all stages of litigation, including in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She is particularly proud of her team's success defending wage and hour class and collective actions, including defeating nationwide 216(b) conditional certification and Rule 23 class action certification. 

Prior to joining Polsinelli, Kate was a law clerk for the Honorable Mary Russell of the Supreme Court of Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri Law School, where she was the Managing Editor of the Missouri Law Review.



  • Defeated conditional certification of nationwide wage and hour claims on behalf of various groups of employees, including improper notice of tip credit and misclassification of supervisors.
  • Obtained complete denial of Rule 23 class action certification involving wage and hour claims of time clock rounding, improper tip sharing, misclassification, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment.
  • Obtained dismissal of an action for lack of jurisdiction, including having the decision affirmed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Successfully represented a large health care facility labor arbitration resulting in arbitrator finding that discharges were for good cause.
  • Coordinated investigation and responses to over 100 charges of discrimination filed simultaneously with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 
  • Successfully enforced an arbitration agreement, including denial of writ relief from the Supreme Court of Missouri 
  • Briefed and argued a motion to enforce sanctions on behalf of a public university. The court agreed to strike the plaintiff's complaint as a sanction for the plaintiff's refusal to respond to discovery requests.
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Co-Author, Polsinelli At Work Blog
October 7, 2020
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Author, Polsinelli At Work Blog
April 3, 2019
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Watching the Clock: California Appellate Court Affirms Rounding Rules
August 1, 2018
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March 21, 2018
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Polsinelli at Work Blog
January 4, 2018
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Advanced Employment Law: What You Need to Know
Presenter, National Business Institute; Overland Park, KS
November 2016
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The LGBTQ Legal Landscape
Presenter, National Business Institute; Overland Park, KS
November 2016
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Top Ten Wage and Hour Mistakes
Presenter, Enterprise University; Leawood, KS
October 6, 2016
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You're Not the Boss of Me
Presenter, 2016 Iowa State SHRM Conference; Coralville, IA
September 22, 2016
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FLSA Essentials: Practically Apply the Most Recent Legal Perspectives
Presenter, National Business Institute Seminar; Kansas City, MO
June 15, 2016