Makayla L.Halkinrude (Kayla)


Washington + 1.202.879.3820

Kayla Halkinrude represents employers in a variety of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination litigation, compliance matters, and traditional labor disputes before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Her experience includes single plaintiff and class action litigation in federal court. Kayla also has experience representing employers in litigation and arbitration under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

While in law school, Kayla worked as an intern for the NLRB. Prior to attending law school, she worked in human resource management.

Kayla maintains an active pro bono practice that includes representing clients seeking asylum, domestic violence appeals, and First Amendment litigation.


  • VSE Corporation acquires Turbine Controls, Inc.Jones Day advised VSE Corporation in the $120 million acquisition of Turbine Controls, Inc., a provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) support services for complex engine components, as well as engine and airframe accessories, across commercial and military applications.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners acquires Resource Innovations, Inc.Jones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in its acquisition and financing of Resource Innovations, Inc. (RI), a leading tech-enabled services company focused on energy efficiency and sustainability.
  • Riverside invests in KasewareJones Day advised The Riverside Company in its acquisition of Kaseware, a leading provider of investigation management software sold to public safety agencies and corporations.
  • High Road Capital portfolio company acquires HTE TechnologiesJones Day advised High Road Capital Partners in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company John Henry Foster Minnesota, Inc. of HTE Technologies, a leading automation supplier operating in Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.
  • GE wins arbitration vacating $228 million in withdrawal liability based on ERISA's building and construction exemptionIn an important case involving the application of the building and construction industry exemption to pension withdrawal liability, Jones Day secured a victory for General Electric Company in two related arbitrations involving $228 million in liability sought by the Boilermakers Blacksmith National Pension Fund.