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Melody L. Rayl

Partner, Kansas City
Kansas City
t: 816.460.0201
f: 816.842.8767


As a partner in the Kansas City office, Melody Rayl zealously advocates for private and public-sector employers in all aspects of employment related litigation. When litigation occurs, Melody works with employers to develop an appropriate litigation strategy to address the unique nuances of each situation. She has successfully defended clients in individual discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation, as well as collective action wage and hour disputes, from inception through resolution before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Melody also regularly advises and counsels her clients through difficult situations and provides training to supervisory and management level personnel on a variety of employment related topics.

Prior to engaging in the practice of law, Melody served 6 years on active duty in the U.S. Army and 20 years as a law enforcement officer in a variety of roles. She also spent one year as an international police advisor in post-war Bosnia, during which time she supervised the Internal Affairs Investigation Unit responsible for investigating allegations of police brutality. Melody’s background provides her with a unique ability to assist both private and public-sector clients in effectively investigating claims of discrimination and harassment.



Police Sergeant & Officer – Overland Park Police Department (1993-2006)
Police Corporal & Officer – Leawood Police Department (1986-1993)

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2021)
  • Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2016)

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Missouri Bar Association
  • Member, Kansas Bar Association
  • Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Johnson County Bar Association
  • Intelligence Analyst - Intelligence & Security Command, Army (1978-1984)

Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Johnson County Community College (2008-2013)


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Drugs in the Workplace & Changing Marijuana Laws; When OSHA Calls; How to Survive When the Government Comes Knocking
    WKHRMA - Western Kansas Human Resource Management Association


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

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