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Tammy M. Somogye

Tammy Somogye concentrates her practice on education and employment law, representing educational institutions, municipalities and businesses. In addition to handling administrative proceedings, conducting investigations, and prosecuting and defending litigation on behalf of her clients, Tammy reviews contracts and develops educational and employment policies for Kansas school districts and colleges and advises them on day-to-day legal issues. These myriad issues involve providing accommodations to disabled students and staff, student discipline, open records, open meetings, student records, and more. She also develops employment policies for Kansas municipalities and various businesses. Tammy advises these groups regarding a broad range of employment issues that arise, such as background checks, employee discipline and terminations, the Family Medical Leave Act, unemployment compensation appeals, worker’s compensation claims, wage and hour issues, discrimination and harassment complaints, etc.

Tammy is experienced in laws governing disabled students. She represents Kansas school districts in special education matters involving the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (commonly known as the IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (commonly known as Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act (commonly known as the ADA or ADAAA), the Kansas Special Education for Exceptional Children Act, and other related laws. She also assists Kansas school districts and colleges in investigations of complaints of all types filed with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights by students and employees. This area of emphasis allows Tammy to be a unique asset to her clients, who are facing increasing demands for special education services and disability-related accommodations designed to allow students equal access to their facilities, programs and activities.

Significant Verdicts, Decisions and Appellate Opinions

  • W. v. Wyoming School District (Wyoming Administrative Hearing 2020) (obtained ruling in favor of school district regarding request for compensatory services and other remedies for alleged provision of deficient services to student with dyslexia)

  • Smith v. Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (D. Kan. 2020) (obtained dismissal of employment discrimination and retaliation claims under the ADEA, ADA and FMLA  on sovereign immunity grounds)

  • C. v. Kansas School District (KSDE Mediation 2019) (obtained resolution of claims regarding student’s educational placement).

    H. v. Kansas School District (KSDE Mediation 2018) (resolved request for tuition reimbursement and expenses favorable to school district)
  • P. v. Kansas School District (Kansas Administrative Hearing 2017) (summary judgment in favor of school district regarding request for reimbursement of costs to braille private school materials)
  • B. v. Kansas School District (Kansas Administrative Hearing 2017) (resolved request for Independent Educational Evaluation, resulting in voluntary dismissal of school district’s request for due process to defend its special education evaluation)
  • H. v. Kansas School District (Kansas Administrative Hearing 2017) (obtained voluntary dismissal of due process request concerning school assignment)
  • JWK and JPK v. Kansas School District (KSDE Mediation 2017) (successful resolution of parents’ request for tuition reimbursement for siblings)
  • Bell v. Ryan Transportation (D. Kan. 2016) (successful motion to compel arbitration)
  • L. v. Kansas School District (KS Admin. Hearing 2012) (finding in favor of school district on special education student's claim for educational expenses)
  • B. v. Kansas School District (KS Admin. Hearing 2010) (finding in favor of school district on special education student’s claim for tuition reimbursement)
  • E. v. Kansas School District (KS Admin. Hearing 2009) (finding in favor of school district on special education student’s claim for tuition reimbursement)
  • M. v. Kansas School District (KS Admin. Hearing 2008) (finding in favor of school district on plaintiff’s claim of failure to provide appropriate 504 plan)
  • Alford v. Unified School District (OCR 2008) (finding that evidence did not support school psychologist’s claim of wrongful termination)
  • C. v. Kansas School District (KS Admin. Hearing 2008) (finding in favor of school district on special education student’s claim for tuition reimbursement)
  • R. v. Kansas School District (KS Admin. Hearing 2008) (finding in favor of school district on special education student’s claim for independent education evaluation)
  • R. v. Kansas School District (Johnson County District Court 2008) (obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s special education claims based on failure to exhaust administrative remedies)
  • C. v. Kansas School District (KS Admin. Hearing 2007) (finding in favor of school district on its request for placing special education student in more restrictive setting)
  • Ryan v. Kansas School District (U.S.D.C. KS 2006) (defense verdict on plaintiff’s claim of retaliation and constructive discharge)
  • Kester v. Kansas School District (U.S.D.C. KS 2005) (summary judgment in favor of school district on Equal Pay Act, ADA, FMLA, discrimination and wrongful termination claims)

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Honors

  • Safehome Recognition Award (2010)
  • Order of the Coif

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Kansas Association of School Boards
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Braden’s Hope for Childhood Cancer, Silent Auction Committee
  • Christ Lutheran Church, Operation Christmas Guild, Packing Party Team/Shopping Coordinator
  • Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Overland Park, Class of 2002
  • 21st Century Leadership Institute, 2001
  • Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Olathe, Class of 2000
  • Safehome, Personnel Committee

Publications

  • Interviewed, Prepare students with anxiety for holiday partiesSpecial Ed Connection, November 15, 2018
  • “Some Other Dude Did it (But Will You Be Allowed to Prove It?),” co-authored with Dennis Prater, 67 J. Kansas Bar Association 28 (1998)
  • “Opening Minds to Open Adoption,” 45 Kansas Law Review 619 (1997)

Presentations

  • Co-presenter, New Employer Obligations Under the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce, March 26, 2020
  • Panelist, COVID-19: A View From Inside the Beltway, National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys Webinar, March 25, 2020
  • Presenter, Conducting an Internal Investigation, Olathe Chamber of Commerce Round Table, September 17, 2019
  • Presenter, The Endless Leave Conundrum, Lathrop Gage Lunch & Learn, September 11, 2019
  • Presenter, Wage & Hour Misclassifications, Lathrop Gage Lunch & Learn, April 13, 2019
  • Presenter, Wage & Hour Misclassifications, Lathrop Gage Lunch & Learn, October 23, 2018
  • Presenter, Wage & Hour Misclassifications, Lathrop Gage Lunch & Learn, April 13, 2018
  • Presenter, Sexual Harassment Presentation, Olathe Chamber of Commerce Round Table, January 16, 2018
  • Presenter, Hot Topics and Trends, Lathrop Gage Executive Briefing, November 16, 2017
  • Speaker, Dogs, Miniature Horses and Iguanas, "OH MY!," KanAHEAD Conference, Manhattan, Kansas, October 2017
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  • Overland Park

    10851 Mastin Boulevard
    Building 82, Suite 1000
    Overland Park, KS 66210-1669
F: 913.451.0875

Assistant

Ellen McHone
913.451.5108

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Education

University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1997

William Jewell College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1993

Clerkship(s)

  • Law clerk to the Hon. Steve Leben