Kendra M. Oakes
Admitted to Practice:
- Missouri, 2010
- J.D., University of Kansas, 2010, Order of the Coif
B.A., University of Nevada, Reno - 2006
Kendra Oakes represents the interests of public and private employers and insurance carriers in all stages and aspects of workers’ compensation litigation in Kansas and Missouri. She has successfully litigated cases before the Division of Workers’ Compensation, Kansas Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, and Kansas Court of Appeals. Additionally, Ms. Oakes manages the Firm’s Medicare Practice Group. She regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on Medicare Secondary Payer Act compliance in workers’ compensation and liability claims, as well as various topics in workers’ compensation law.
Ms. Oakes obtained her undergraduate degree with dual majors in French and English-Language and Linguistics from the University of Nevada, Reno. While attending KU Law, Ms. Oakes was an articles editor for the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, held an officer position in Women in Law all three years of law school, and was an advocate and judge in KU’s Traffic Court. She also served as a research assistant to Professor Melanie D. Wilson and acted as a member of the Honor Code Committee. Ms. Oakes successfully completed KU’s certificate program in advocacy and earned the CALI Award in Lawyering II.
Additionally during law school, Ms. Oakes served as an intern for United States District Judge Julie A. Robinson. Ms. Oakes subsequently served as an intern in the Paul E. Wilson Defender Project where she represented indigent defendants in various post-conviction matters. Later, Ms. Oakes served as an intern for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office in the Solicitor General’s Unit where she answered federal habeas corpus petitions and wrote briefs for the state of Kansas in serious felony and capital punishment cases.
Ms. Oakes currently resides in Overland Park with her husband and their two dogs. She enjoys golfing, watching football, and cheering on the Jayhawks.
Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements
Missouri Bar Association