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Donald Prophete • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Kansas City, Missouri

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Ogletree Deakins
Park Central Plaza
4717 Grand Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
phone 816.471.1301
fax  816.471.1303


Mr. Prophete serves on the Firm’s 5-member Board of Directors.  He devotes his entire practice to representing management in all aspects of employment-related litigation, including class actions, complex employment litigation and traditional labor matters.Mr. Prophete has served as lead trial counsel in all types of employment disputes in federal and state courts, including jury trials for major national employers.  He consistently represents employers in suits involving race, sex, age, and disability discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and related common law claims. Mr. Prophete has obtained summary judgments or dismissals on behalf of clients in dozens of cases, and has successfully defended those decisions in the appellate courts. Mr. Prophete also devotes a substantial part of his practice representing employers in traditional labor law matters, including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, and grievance arbitrations.  He has significant experience with the following business sectors: telecommunications; retail; restaurant; and manufacturing. In January 2008, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in conjunction with the White House, appointed Mr. Prophete to serve as Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Commission, for a two-year term.  In January 2002, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Mr. Prophete to be General Counsel of the EEOC. While honored, Mr. Prophete ultimately withdrew his name from consideration to remain in Kansas City.  Legal 500 has recognized Mr. Prophete as one of the leading employment litigation attorneys in the U.S.  Mr. Prophete has also been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as being in the top 5% of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas.  Mr. Prophete is a frequent speaker on various topics including sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the FMLA, the FLSA, union avoidance, general labor relations, and USERRA.


  • College: B.A., Fordham University, 1989
  • Law School: J.D., The Boston University School of Law, 1992

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Missouri, Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, U.S. District Court, Kansas, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Eighth Circuits
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