Elaine 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 has also 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, whistleblower claims, business torts, products liability, and civil rights litigation. Ms. Koch's experience also includes serving as an expert witness and as an independent investigator.
Ms. Koch served as the Global Leader of the Labor and Employment Group at Bryan Cave 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. She was awarded the David Dixon Award for outstanding achievement in appellate advocacy, the KCMBA President’s Award for founding an internship program for inner city youth, the Hon. H. Michael Coburn Community Service Award by Legal Aid of Western Missouri, and was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Ms. Koch has been repeatedly named by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the "Best of The Bar" in the Kansas City area, she has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" in Kansas and Missouri (including "Top 50 Women" in Kansas and Missouri) and she has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Koch has also been named by USA Chambers as a leader in Labor and Employment. She was selected by the Kansas City Business Journal to the Women Who Mean Business group and by Kansas City Magazine as one of the city’s Influential Women. She also received the Women’s Justice Award from Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly, recognizing contributions to the practice of law and leadership as a female litigator. She was named in 2017 as one of Ingram's Magazine's "50 Missourians You Should Know."