“Fairness and equality are values that I hold and honor. Adhering to these values allows me to serve my clients to the best of my ability.”
Brandi Spates focuses her practice on employment and education law. She collaborates with businesses and individuals to help them resolve complex legal issues. She also handles litigation related to allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and violations of other sate and federal civil rights laws.
While in law school, Brandi served as a legal intern at Kansas City Public Schools where she assisted in conducting investigations on alleged violations of institutional policies and state and federal civil rights laws. She also participated in witness interviews, trail preparation and mediations. Additionally, Brandi served as a research assistant for Professor Stephen J. Ware, a student intern for the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies Clinic, an intern in the legal department of Sporting Kansas City, and a Summer Associate at a Kansas City-based law firm. These experiences gave her a comprehensive understanding of the legal industry that enables her to serve her clients effectively and knowledgeably.
Prior to attending law school, Brandi worked in various student support roles in higher education at both institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations. This experience helps her advise and guide schools and universities with legal issues. Whether through legal work or in volunteering for programs working with underrepresented students, Brandi has always strived to amplify the voice of underserved communities.
- Conducted comprehensive investigations regarding alleged violations of state and federal civil rights laws, including discrimination based on sex, racial discrimination and harassment, and retaliation.
- Researched and drafted legal memoranda and litigations filings, primarily on employment issues.
- Researched and drafted an appellate brief to the Court of Appeals of the state of Kansas, as a student intern.
- Researched, analyzed and drafted pretrial documents including a third-party petition, motions for summary judgment, proposed jury instructions, written discovery and findings of fact and conclusions of law as a law clerk.
- American Bar Association
- Young Lawyers Division
- Jackson County Bar Association
- Association of Women Lawyers of Kansas City
- Black Female Attorneys Group
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Lawyers Association of Kansas City
- University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2019
- Trial Advocacy Certificate
- University of Missouri Kansas City, M.A., 2011
- Educational Administration, Higher Education emphasis
- University of Northern Iowa, B.A., 2009
- Management, Business Administration emphasis
- Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017-2018
- Ronald E. McNair Scholar
- “Preparing to Return to Work During the Pandemic,” Missouri Lawyers Weekly, May 2020
- “OSHA Issues COVID-19 Return-to-Work Guidance for Retail, Construction, Manufacturing and Package Delivery Industries,” Occupational Health & Safety, April 2020
- “Changes to Discovery Rules Offer Clarity to Litigators,” Missouri Lawyers Weekly, December 2019