Rowdy B. Meeks has been practicing wage and hour, and employment law for over 16 years. He has represented some of the nation’s largest employers and led the Employment Law legal departments of two Fortune 500 companies. This experience makes the difference in representing you. Rowdy has seen companies repeatedly make decisions which deny you the fair pay you legally deserve. He knows how companies make these decisions and where companies keep the information which is critical to winning your case.
Rowdy was born in Topeka, Kansas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied economics and business management from Cornell University where he played Division I basketball. Rowdy then received his J.D. from Washburn University in Topeka. He graduated magna cum laude from Washburn and served on the Washburn Law Journal for two years.
Upon graduation from law school, Rowdy began his legal career with Foulston & Siefkin LLP in Wichita, Kansas, the largest law firm in Kansas. He was an associate in the Labor and Employment Department, and represented individuals and companies throughout the United States such as The Boeing Company.
In 1995, Rowdy joined Blackwell Sanders Matheny Weary & Lombardi, now Husch Blackwell Sanders, as a Labor and Employment associate in Kansas City, Missouri. While he practiced at Blackwell Sanders, Rowdy represented leading companies such as Hallmark Cards, Inc., UtiliCorp United, and UMB Bank.
In 1997, Rowdy moved to the Kansas City office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, a national law firm with over 600 lawyers. At Sonnenschein, Rowdy continued to practice employment law and represented such national companies as General Electric, Sara Lee, and Trans World Airlines (TWA). In 2000, Rowdy became a partner in the Kansas City office of Constangy Brooks & Smith, a national law firm which specializes in employment law. Many of his clients followed Rowdy to Constangy so he continued to represent companies such as General Electric and Sara Lee.
Next, Rowdy led the Employment Law departments of two Fortune 500 companies. In those roles, Rowdy experienced firsthand how companies treat their employees, and how that treatment impacts the lives of employees and their families. He also personally saw how companies decide to pay their employees and where companies maintain information about these decisions. This experience will make a difference in pursuing your claim.
Rowdy has been involved in collective wage and hour litigation throughout the United States in which individuals like you have sought to collect hundreds of millions of dollars. He has also been involved in numerous cases of sex discrimination, race discrimination, age discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, retaliation, and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases. Rowdy has successfully tried cases in federal and states courts. He is licensed to practice in federal and state courts in Missouri and Kansas, and the Eighth and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Rowdy is also active in his community. In 2005, the Kansas City Civic Council selected Rowdy for the Kansas City Tomorrow Program. This Program develops leaders to take a defining role in Kansas City charitable and civic activities. Rowdy is also active with the United Way and coaches numerous youth sport teams.