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Born and raised in Western Kansas, Carole DeWald has lived and worked in numerous locations in Kansas.  She is a results-focused lawyer with a common-sense approach.  She is adept at developing discovery and case strategies as well as crafting and writing legal arguments.  She counsels company boards and management on legal issues and litigation avoidance and has trained clients' employees on employment-related issues.  Carole serves as the City Attorney for the City of Sylvia.

Principal Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas (J.D., cum laude, 1991) Washburn Law Journal, Comments Editor, 1990-1991
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas ( B.A., Political Science, 1977)
  • Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri (A.A., 1975)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Wichita Bar Association
  • Wichita Women Attorneys Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Ross T. Roberts American Inns of Court (former)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (former)

Presentations and Publications

  • HR Challenges in 2019
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Professional Communications and Documentation
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Winning Human Resources Tools: Practices and Policies for the 21st Century
  • Employment Privacy Issues with a Focus on the Electronic Workplace
  • A Supervisor's Guide to Employee Leave:  FMLA, ADA, and Workers' Compensation
  • Do Your Duty:  Employers' Affirmative Duty to Accommodate Employees in the Uniformed Services
  • Winning Human Resources Tools:  Practices and Policies for the 21st Century
  • “Survey of Missouri Employment Libel Law” in 50-State Survey: Employment Libel and Privacy Law published by the Libel Defense Resource Center
  • Fair Labor Standards Act in Kansas
  • Payroll Basics in Kansas
  • Legal Issues Involving Kansas Local Governments
  • Complete Payroll Process in Kansas
  • Employee Discharge and Documentation in Missouri
  • Solving Unique Pay Questions
  • Beyond the Basics – Balancing Employee Privacy Rights vs. Employer's Right to Know
  • Building a Successful Crisis Management Strategy – Workplace Violence, Health Emergencies, and More
  • FLSA:  Understanding the Basics
  • Employment Laws You Need to Know About (FMLA, ADA. Civil Rights Act of 1991, ADEA)
  • Structuring an Effective Employee Handbook
  • Related Claims that Can Arise (Kansas Wage Payment Act, Defamation, Violation of Public Policy, Infliction of Emotional Distress, Fraudulent Inducement, Negligent Retention and Hiring Practices, Interference with Contract or Economic Opportunities, Conspiracy, Invasion of Privacy)

Teaching Experience

  • Ottawa University, Adjunct Professor, Employment Law, Healthcare Law & Ethics, 2004
  • Emporia State University, Adjunct Professor, Law of Business Associations, Spring Semester 1998

Clerking Experience

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Thomas G. Van Bebber, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (1995-1997)
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Patrick F. Kelly, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (1993-1995)
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Bob Abbott, Kansas Supreme Court (1991-1993)