Mark V. Dugan
After graduating with distinction from the University of Kansas in 1986, with majors in History and Mathematics, Mark took the obvious next step: law school, with an eye toward representing low-income individuals in poverty law. Industry secret: many people hate law school, but Mark liked it. He served as Articles Editor of the Kansas Law Review
, and he played a passable left field on his small section softball team.
He began his career as he had hoped, in poverty law, at Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C. He later worked at a Washington, D.C. public interest law firm, representing individuals and environmental groups in citizen litigation under the environmental laws (including the Clean Water Act, his favorite statute), as well as individuals in employment matters.
The birth of his first son brought him back to the Midwest, where he worked at the Blackwell Sanders law firm for a decade, and then at the Stueve Siegel Hanson firm, where he represented workers in wage litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (his second favorite statute). In 2008, he and Heather Schlozman scratched out a partnership agreement at a table at Planet Sub, and that was the birth of Dugan Schlozman, a private firm with a public interest focus. Mark represents individuals in employment matters, including wage theft (unpaid overtime and minimum wage), wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, noncompetition, and family and medical leave. He also represents nonprofit organizations in environmental litigation.
Mark is admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, and the District of Columbia. He serves on the boards of the Kansas City Worker Justice Center, which sponsors monthly wage theft clinics; Friends of the Kaw, which protects the Kansas River; and MainPAC, which promotes candidates who support public educations and separation of religion and government. For six years, he served as chair of MainPAC. Mark has two sons and a beagle. He and his sons are fans of Royals baseball and KU basketball, and they play made up games, like baseball golf and driveway hockey.
Heather J. Schlozman
Heather graduated cum laude
from Duke University in 1989, where she majored in Comparative Literature and Spanish with an eye towards being a professor of Spanish literature. After graduation, she went to work for Lynne Cheney and the National Endowment for Humanities, as a Program Specialist in the Elementary and Secondary Education Program. A few years into that position, Heather realized the academic life was not for her and, in 1991, she entered law school at Washington University in St. Louis. Heather graduated in the top 20 percent of the class of 1994 and served as an editor of the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law.
While in law school, Heather fell in love with the world of civil rights and was particularly interested in the new developments in employment law reflected in the 1991 amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After graduating, Heather worked in private practice and was fortunate enough to clerk for the Honorable Clyde J. Kuehn, who was then on the Illinois Court of Appeals. After moving to Kansas City to be near family, Heather spent 9 years working in the General Counsel’s office of the Social Security Administration, where she represented management in EEO and MSPB claims filed by employees and handled some disability work.
In 2008, she and Mark Dugan scratched out an agreement at the Kosher Subway, co-founding Dugan Schlozman LLC to represent employees in civil rights matters. Since then, Heather has proudly represented both private sector and federal employees in all manner of claims and at all stages of litigation.
Heather is a board member for the Kansas City Workers Justice Center and regularly staffs volunteer law clinics to assist indigent clients with wage theft claims. Heather is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and regularly presents on employment matters at the Women’s Employment Network. She was recently appointed to a board position with the Association of Women Lawyers. Heather is also active in the disability world and serves as a volunteer legal advocate for the American Diabetes Association. She is proud to have received a “Superlawyer” designation for 2016.
In her free time, Heather can be found cheering her kids on at their various sporting events, participating in running races around town, and enjoying the outdoors with her rescue dogs.