Jack D. Rowe

Jack Rowe concentrates on employment and labor relations issues. He represents management and the business sector in equal employment opportunity, personnel relations and traditional labor matters, including federal, state and local agency investigations and hearings, court actions and day-to-day advice and counseling. His experience has involved consultation concerning complex employment, personnel and labor relations issues, including union elections, negotiations and arbitrations, reductions in force, discipline and discharge, pay practices, affirmative action, ERISA, OSHA, government complaints and compliance reviews, and other employee related activities involved in business operations.

He has successfully defended individual and class action age, race, sex, religion, disability and other discrimination complaints, as well as wrongful discharge, ERISA, general employment, Railway Labor Act, and traditional labor litigation, in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before administrative agencies across the United States. He has represented management in union election campaigns, negotiations, arbitrations and strike/lock-out strategies, and before the National Labor Relations Board and federal appellate courts in unfair labor practice complaints throughout the United States. Jack is a frequent speaker before firm clients and civic and professional organizations including The Missouri Bar, and The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, State Human Resources Management Association and Professional Management Seminar Association. According to Jack's peers, who were interviewed during the process of Jack becoming individually ranked in the 2019 Chambers & Partners Missouri Labor & Employment category, "He has the ability to fashion great strategies for clients that avoid litigation."


  • Co-presenter, "Current, and Future, Wage and Hour Challenges," and "National Labor Relations Board Puts All Employers Under the Microscope," Lathrop GPM 2023 Employment & Labor Law Seminar, October 24, 2023 (Minneapolis)
  • Presenter, "Federal Contractors Watch Out! OFCCP Big Time Changes for 2022 AAPs," Lathrop GPM 2022 Employment & Labor Law Seminar, April 12, 2022 (Kansas City); May 4, 2022 (Minneapolis)
  • Speaker, "Employment Litigation Avoidance - Termination Checklist," Lathrop Gage Labor and Employment Executive Briefing, November 2018

News Releases

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Labor Law Committee
  • Heartland Labor and Employment Law Institute
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Labor Law Committee, Past Chair
  • The Missouri Bar, Labor Law Committee

Community Involvement

  • Kansas City Ballet, Board of Trustees, President, 2019 - Present
  • City of Prairie Village, Kansas, City Council, Past Member; Planning Commission, Past Member
  • The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Tomorrow Leadership Program
  • Johnson County Planning Commission, Past Member
  • Phi Alpha Educational Foundation
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternal Association, University of Kansas, Vice President
  • Village Church, Heritage Committee; former Elder


  • Member, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Eighth Circuit Committee
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal - U.S. Labour and Employment Lawyers
  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2003-2024
    • Labor Law in Management, "Lawyer of the Year," 2024
    • Litigation - Labor and Employment, "Lawyer of the Year," 2019
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Missouri Labor & Employment, 2003-2024
    • Senior Statesperson, 2024
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2005-2023
  • Named to Best of the United States, Lawyers Section, 2006
  • Selected for Best Attorneys Network Directory, 2005
  • Selected by peers for "Best of the Bar," The Kansas City Business Journal, 2003-2004
  • Martindale-Hubbell® "AV" Rating
  • Order of the Bench and Robe
  • Articles Editor, UMKC Law Review, 1972-1973
  • Phi Beta Kappa
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Kirsten Hollstrom

Court Memberships

  • Missouri 
  • U.S. Districts Courts for Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Eleventh Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1973

University of Kansas, B.A., with distinction, 1969