Mr. Rupe is a trial lawyer whose demonstration of special knowledge, skills and proficiency in civil trial law has earned him the title of "Board Certified Trial Specialist" by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Mr. Rupe also is a member of the Defense Research Institute Class Action ("DRI") and Specialized Litigation Group ("SLG") as well as the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA"). ABOTA membership is by invitation only and granted only to those trial attorneys who are of "high personal character and honorable reputation." 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 also is recognized in the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel, as well as in The Best Lawyers in America© in Labor and Employment Law and Municipal Law. He has been selected by Best Lawyers® as 2010 Kansas Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law.
Client and peer critiques of Mr. Rupe from recent independent attorney-ranking publications include the following comments:
“Commercial clients appreciated his ‘skilled advocacy and personal involvement’ in their employment cases.”
“[Alan Rupe] is admired for his ‘relentless approach to cases’ and excellent record of success in the courtroom. He is a respected author.”
“[He is] excellent on his feet and a man who clearly relishes the trial process.” The Client’s Guide, Chambers & Partners Publishing.
“Alan Rupe is recognized as a highly active trial lawyer in the employment sphere. . . . they do top-flight work in a prompt fashion.” The Client’s Guide, Chambers & Partners Publishing.
Mr. Rupe's practice embraces every aspect of employment law: day-to-day counseling, training, administrative agency proceedings, labor and litigation. Recognized for his training as a certified mediator and for his ability to gain consensus, Mr. Rupe's strong expertise in defending discrimination, wage and hour class actions (including FLSA collective actions), civil rights, retaliation, noncompetition agreements and wrongful termination matters of all types cause employers to seek him out to try cases in state and federal courts across the United States. He litigates cases and class/collective actions in jurisdictions from Los Angeles to New York and from St. Paul to Brownsville, Texas. Mr. Rupe is admitted to practice in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas; the U.S. Court of Appeals (Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits); a number of U.S. District Courts including the Western District of Texas; and the United States Supreme Court.
Oral argument and advocacy are two of Mr. Rupe's strengths; he is often retained to handle appellate arguments after previous counsel received unfavorable rulings or verdicts by trial courts.
Mr. Rupe received special national recognition by the National Law Journal for his work as lead counsel in Caban v. Sedgwick County, a case involving 13 plaintiffs who alleged discrimination in recruiting, hiring, promotion, job assignments, training, overtime and hostile environment. Following a month-long trial in May 2001, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims. The National Law Journal recognized this case as one of the top 20 defense verdicts of 2001.
Mr. Rupe has received recognition for his strong community involvement and diversity efforts. He is the recipient of the "President's Award" for outstanding service in drafting the Wichita Bar Association's Diversity Action Plan, has received special recognition for his support of Native Americans and the Keeper Of The Plains, Inc. and has served as both Chairman of the Board and on the Board of Directors of United Way of the Plains. He is an alumnus of Leadership 2000, a core group of local leaders with a commitment to community service and recipient of the Outstanding Service Award by the Kansas Bar Association in recognition of his outstanding service to the legal profession and the public.
In his public speaking and writing, Mr. Rupe shares his experience with executives, lawyers and human resource professionals. He speaks frequently on the topics of ethics, sex harassment and a variety of workplace issues. His monthly articles in Workforce Management magazine are read by employers across the country. He is a contributing author to the Kansas Bar Association's Employment Law Handbook and the Annual Survey of Law, two widely distributed handbooks on employment and discrimination topics.
Has participated in more than 170 trials.
Contributing author, Kansas Employment Law Handbook; Civil Rights Section, Kansas Annual Survey of Law; Kansas Bar Association’s Employment Law Section Newsletter; co-author, “Who Is Disabled in Kansas?,” Washburn Law Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2, 1996; “Discovering the Law of Gravity,” Workforce Management, Sept. 2003; “Horrors from the Bad-Firing Files,” Workforce Management, Nov. 2003.
Member of Leadership 2000 Class in recognition of achievement in leadership development and a commitment to service for the greater Wichita area.
Recipient of the Outstanding Service Award presented by the Kansas Bar Association in recognition of outstanding service to the legal profession and the public (1993).
Chairman of the Board of United Way of the Plains (1992).
Co-author of a feature article in The Voice (Vol. 8, No. 35, 2009), an online publication of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). The article, titled “For Every Class Action There Is an Equal and Opposite Reaction,” discusses when and how defense attorneys can use the motion to strike class certification.