Alan Rupe is a trial lawyer whose demonstration of special knowledge, skills and proficiency in civil trials has earned him the title of "Board Certified Trial Specialist," certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He also maintains the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating.
Mr. Rupe is also an "Advocate" member of the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA"). "Advocate" membership is by invitation only and granted only to those trial attorneys who are of “high personal character and honorable reputation” with considerable jury trial experience.
He is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only lawyer honor society representing less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers.
Mr. Rupe has been recognized by Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel and by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers® as a “Super Lawyer” since 2005. The Best Lawyers In America® acknowledges Mr. Rupe in the practice areas of Civil Rights Law, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment and Litigation – Municipal. In 2010, he was selected by The Best Lawyers In America as “Kansas Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law” and again in 2014-2015 as Wichita Litigation - Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year.”
Mr. Rupe’s practice embraces every aspect of employment law: day-to-day counseling, training, administrative agency proceedings, civil litigation, and trials. His years of experience defending claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, civil rights violations, and wage and hour class and collective actions, cause employers to seek him out for representation in state and federal courts across the United States. His practice is national: from Los Angeles to Portland, Maine, Minneapolis to Brownsville, he has maintained an active employment law trial practice for nearly 40 years. He chairs Kutak Rock law firm’s National Employment Practice Group.
Oral argument and advocacy are two of Mr. Rupe’s strengths; he is often retained to handle appellate arguments after previous counsel receives unfavorable rulings or verdicts by trial courts.
Mr. Rupe shares his knowledge and know-how through public speaking and writing. He speaks frequently to executives, lawyers and human resource professionals on a variety of workplace and legal issues. He is a contributing author to Defense Research Institute publications and the Kansas Bar Association’s Employment Law Handbook and the Annual Survey of Law, and contributes regularly to other legal and human resources publications.