Spencer Fane Partner Denise Portnoy has been named a 2016 “40 Under Forty” by Ingram’s Magazine, Kansas City’s premier business publication. Each year, the publication recognizes the 40 most accomplished individuals under the age of 40 in the Kansas City metropolitan area based on professional successes, as well as community involvement. Portnoy was selected for the honor due to her success as a traditional labor law attorney– a unique focus among most attorneys. She advises heavy industry clients, such as construction, manufacturing and railway companies, in their dealings with labor organizations –diving hardhat first into the complexities of the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act. Additionally, Portnoy is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), which are the preeminent HR Professional credentials. She regularly advises employers on human resource matters including employee discharges and disciplinary actions, harassment investigations, and leave of absence and disability accommodation issues under the FMLA and ADA. When matters escalate, she aggressively defends employers in arbitrations and lawsuits. To prevent workplace problems from occurring, Portnoy regularly conducts training for managers and supervisors and provides guidance on employee handbooks and policies. Portnoy gives back to the community through her leadership with the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA). She is the co-chair of MOCSA’s Annual Young-at-Art Benefit in 2016 and 2017 and is very active in its fundraising events throughout the year. Portnoy also assisted in an initiative by the community’s leading law enforcement officials to pass Amendment 2 to the Missouri Constitution, “Protect Missouri’s Children.” This amendment changed the law to allow prior criminal acts to now be used in the prosecution of suspected child sex offenders in sex crimes involving young victims. Ingram’s featured Portnoy and the rest of the 2016 class in its April issue. You can find the Ingram’s article here.