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Jessie Wright, Legal Secretary

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Mr. Gist specializes in the representation of employers in employment discrimination lawsuits and labor disputes.  Mr. Gist has obtained defense verdicts in several jury trials in state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions in the State of Missouri.  Mr. Gist has argued several cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District.  He routinely represents private companies as well as cities and counties in employment and personnel matters.


University of Kansas, B.S (1998)

University of Kansas, J.D. (2002)


Kansas (2002)

Missouri (2003)

United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (2002)

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2004)

United States District Court for the District of Kansas (2002)


American Bar Association

The Missouri Bar

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association



Matthew Gist and Remington Smith obtained a defense verdict on behalf of Lee's Summit R-7 School District. Plaintiff alleged Gender Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, and Retaliation under Missouri Human Rights Act.

Brandi Markle v. Lee’s Summit R-7 School District—Jackson County Circuit Court, Case No. 1516-CV13364


Matthew Gist and Chris Napolitano obtained a favorable opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirming the District Court's granting of summary judgment in favor of their clients in a case brought by seven former sheriff deputies who were terminated after Sheriff Brad Cole was elected Sheriff in 2015. The former deputies sued under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 claiming their First Amendment rights were violated because, as they alleged, they were terminated for supporting Sheriff Cole's political opponent during a 2015 special election. Chris and Matt argued that sheriff deputies in Missouri are the agents of the sheriff and owe the sheriff a duty of loyalty. As a result, the former deputies had no First Amendment right to be the agent of a Sheriff they did not support. The Eighth Circuit agreed and affirmed summary judgment.

John Burns et al v. Brad Cole, et al. Case No. 20-2961 (8th Cir. 2021)

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