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Shelly L. Freeman

Overland Park

P 913-982-5758
F 913-981-1019


Shelly L. Freeman is a Principal in the Overland Park, Kansas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Freeman has nearly 30 years’ experience practicing labor and employment law.

Mid–career, she served as the Director of Corporate and Field Human Resources for a large, multi-state, publicly traded company, where she directed and supervised the human resources function for the corporate, manufacturing, distribution, and retailing components of the business.

She returned to private practice in 2001, and has continued  successfully first-chairing federal and state Court trials, appellate arguments, and labor arbitrations; representing employers in federal and state agency proceedings; conducting internal FLSA reviews and audits; assisting with restructuring efforts; drafting employee handbooks and HR policies for multi-state employers; and investigating harassment, fraud, and other internal issues. She regularly counsels employers on day-to-day HR issues. 

Ms. Freeman’s practice has also included a particular focus on management training. She designs and delivers training for managers on a full range of employment topics, including anti-harassment, employment law for managers (including anti-discrimination, reasonable accommodation, managing attendance and leaves of absence, and FLSA/managing time), managing workplace gender transition, performance management, and effective leadership.

Ms. Freeman has been a featured speaker on various employment topics at national conferences and webinars for such organizations as the American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section; the Missouri Bar; the Heartland Labor & Employment Law Institute; the University of Kansas School of Law; University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) CLE; the Society of Human Resource Management of Greater Kansas City (SHRM-KC); the Missouri Chamber of Commerce; the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; and many private companies. In 2008, she was a guest panelist in the Edgar Snow Symposium in Beijing, China.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Kansas City Business Journal, One of 25 “Women Who Mean Business” for 2006
  • SHRM-KC 2005 “Contributor of the Year”
Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • The Heartland Labor & Employment Law Institute, Steering Committee (2001-present)
  • SHRM-KC, President (2004)
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • American Heart Association, Circle of Red (2016, 2017)
  • Harmony Project KC, Board Member
  • The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, Board Member
  • GRACE (Giving Recovering Addicts/Alcoholics a Chance to Evolve), Board Member
  • University of Kansas School of Law, Board of Governors (2017)

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August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

June 15, 2018
Kansas City Business Journal

Shelly Freeman Discusses the Payoff of Building an LGBTQ Inclusive Workplace

June 15, 2018

Shelly Freeman discusses the progress and pain of LGBTQ issues in the workplace and how companies can get the payoff for building an inclusive environment in "Cover Story: Business of Pride — Building a truly inclusive workplace," published by the Kansas City Business Journal. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 3, 2018
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Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2018

May 3, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 3, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S. The firm... Read More

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