Dan O’Toole, a respected leader and trial strategist, heads Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation practice group and is a key member of the firm’s executive and management committees.
In his practice, Dan defends employers against a broad range of complaints and threats of legal action involving workplace situations. Because of his background and achievements in employment and labor law, Dan has been recognized repeatedly by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and for the last several years was included as one of the “Top 50” lawyers in the St. Louis area.
His experience includes numerous trials and arguments before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Human Rights Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor.
The matters he handles include allegations of discrimination and wrongful termination under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act. This work encompasses the defense of employers against retaliation and whistleblower claims and other wrongful discharge allegations. In another area of employment law, Dan provides counsel on cases alleging the disclosure of trade secrets and violations of non-compete agreements.
Outside of the courtroom, Dan helps clients take steps to avoid costly lawsuits involving such personnel matters as workforce reductions, restructuring and compliance. His insights into the complex and rapidly changing world of employment and labor relations prepare clients to make sound business decisions in the alleviation, prevention and resolution of conflicts. Dan also drafts, reviews and improves policies, handbooks and employment contracts.
A dynamic, inspirational and often humorous speaker, Dan is frequently invited to present training seminars on such employment law issues as supervisory duties, interviewing and screening job applicants, sexual harassment prevention and investigation and EEOC policies and procedures, and proper termination practices.
In his administrative positions at Armstrong Teasdale, Dan plays an instrumental role in developing the firm’s strategy for current and long-term growth. As head of the Litigation practice group, the firm’s largest area, he coordinates new business efforts, ensures that matters are staffed appropriately and cost-effectively and is heavily involved in retention and recruiting efforts. Dan is also a member of the firm’s compensation and contingent fee committees.