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Attorneys

Sean M. Sturdivan

  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • General Insurance Defense

913-234-6137
s.sturdivan@swrllp.com

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Education

  • J.D., University of Oregon, 2002
  • B.S., Baker University, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002
  • Kansas, 2003
  • Missouri, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of California, Eastern District

Professional Affiliations

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Wyandotte County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Eagle International Associates
  • Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance

Practice & Activities

  • Sean represents his employer clients in EEOC and state Human Rights Commission investigations and also in state and federal courts in Kansas and Missouri against allegations of discrimination and retaliation. He also advises these clients on statutory compliance and development of employee procedures, handbooks and manuals.
  • In addition to his employment practice, Sean defends Non-profits and other business entities under Directors and Officers Liability insurance policies. These cases range from Homeowners Association disputes to FDCPA litigation to fiduciary duty claims against corporations and their executives.
  • Sean also defends personal injury litigation on behalf of his business and individual clients stemming from trucking and motor vehicle accidents and premises liability, and products liability.
  • Outside his practice, Sean enjoys spending time at home with his wife Sarah and five children Aidan, Alex, Austin, Ella and Audrey.

Representative Cases & Results

  • Michael Monroe v. City of Lawrence and Tarik Khatib, --- F.Supp.3d --- (2015), 2015 WL 5006081

    Sean Sturdivan and Tyler Hibler obtained summary judgment for their clients, the City of Lawrence and Police Chief Tarik Khatib, in the United States District Court, District of Kansas, on a case where Plaintiff Michael Monroe claimed $2 million in damages related to his termination from employment as a Lawrence Police Sergeant, alleging race discrimination and violation of his liberty interest due process rights. This case stemmed from the KU athletic ticket scandal that involved members of the KU athletic department, including Rodney Jones, who were accused of illegally delivering thousands of basketball and football tickets to brokers and others for profit. Shortly after the ticket scandal was reported in the newspaper, the Lawrence Police Department received anonymous letters alleging that police officers may have dismissed traffic tickets for Rodney Jones in exchange for athletic tickets. The LPD conducted an internal investigation and ultimately decided to fire Plaintiff Monroe. A lengthy grievance process and hearing was undertaken, but the City Manager ultimately upheld Chief Khatib’s decision to terminate Monroe’s employment. Monroe, who is black, filed a Complaint in federal court in Kansas alleging race discrimination and violation of his due process rights. At the conclusion of a lengthy discovery process, the parties filed cross-motions for summary judgment. After significant briefing and the relatively rare occurrence of a nearly 4-hour oral argument before Judge Eric Melgren, Defendants were successful in obtaining judgment in their favor.

    To read the Order in the case click here.

Articles & Presentations

  • "Leaves of Absence: The Interplay between FMLA, Workers' Compensation, and the ADA, and the Recent Changes in These Laws," Bukaty Companies' Power Lunch Series, March 2, 2011.
  • "Dealing with Disabilities in the Work Place," Bukaty Companies' Power Lunch Series, April 20, 2011.

Accomplishments/Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Named "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2011-2015.
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