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Richard A. Olmstead


Richard focuses his practice on complex litigation in energy law and employment law. His energy litigation experience includes representing public utilities, oil and gas producers and operators, and royalty owners in a wide array of cases, including disputes concerning ownership of hydrocarbon liquids pulled from natural gas transmission pipelines, issues surrounding migration of natural gas from underground storage fields, condemnation of land and geologic formations for underground gas storage, and oil and gas royalties. In his employment law practice, Richard counsels and defends employers and management in all aspects of the employment relationship including, but not limited to, defense of claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; defending wage and hour claims; and negotiating and litigating employment contracts, covenants not to compete, trade secret agreements, arbitration agreements, and severance agreements.

In addition, Richard is a seasoned appellate attorney, having served as lead or co-counsel in well over 100 appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. Most notably, Richard served as lead briefing counsel for the prevailing parties in Montoy v. State of Kansas, a case the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court declared “the most significant case to come before the court in my [30-year] tenure.” 

  • In Defense of the Indefensible: Title VII Hostile Environment Claims Unconstitutionally Restrict Free Speech, 28 O.N.U. L. REV. 691, 2001 (author)

  • Super Lawyers®, Missouri-Kansas Rising Star, 2008-2013
  • Best Lawyers®, Employment Litigation, 2012-2021
  • Benchmark Litigation Future Star, 2016