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Employment discrimination litigation continues to increase. At the same time, employment legislation and employment rights and responsibilities continue to experience significant changes. Employers and their counsel must be vigilant and informed.

Kansas City Partner Elaine Koch will join a faculty of attorneys and judges July 27-28 for the American Conference Institute’s (ACI) 7th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation. The conference will offer advice, strategies and comprehensive updates designed to counter the growing compensation culture and increased policy targeting by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Koch will address arbitration on the employment discrimination front, with tips and best practices for arbitrating employment discrimination claims given the changing legal landscape. Her panel also will have guidance for employers and their counsel considering mandatory arbitration agreements with class action waivers.

Koch has more than 30 years’ experience as a trial lawyer. Her practice focuses primarily on employment litigation, civil rights litigation and business torts, in addition to counseling clients on employment issues. She has tried a wide variety of jury trials in state and federal court. She also has tried arbitrations, bench trials and the largest individual taxpayer case in the history of the United States Tax Court. Her litigation experience includes contract disputes, class actions, employment litigation, business torts, products liability and civil rights litigation.

Koch served as the global leader of Bryan Cave’s Labor & Employment Group for eight years. She is a national speaker on employment law and litigation techniques, served on the editorial board of the Practical Litigator and has been an active member of the American Bar Association, serving in a number of national leadership roles in the Labor and Employment Section and frequently speaking at national meetings.

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