Jovita has tried cases in both state and federal courts throughout Missouri. She is also a trusted advisor to senior management in all facets of employment and labor law. Her clients include government agencies, municipalities, higher education systems and business of all sizes, from family owned and closely held business to Fortune 100 companies.
Recognized as one of the top employment lawyers in Missouri, Jovita is a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer in employment law, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Labor and Employment Law honoree, St. Louis Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree, and a Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Women’s Justice Rising Star.
In her role as legal counselor, Jovita helps employers develop policies and procedures aimed at preventing workplace problems including discrimination and harassment. Her efforts include conducting comprehensive employment audits, providing management training seminars and developing or reviewing policy and procedure manuals aimed at ensuring compliance with federal and state laws.
She also has extensive experience as a litigator defending employers in a wide-range of disputes including those involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, violations of public policy, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. In addition to handling state and federal trial and appellate cases, Jovita represents clients before the entire spectrum of quasi-judicial tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the U.S. Department of Labor, state and local administrative agencies, and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Jovita has also built a reputation as a champion for diversity both within the firm and the community as a whole. As chair of the Armstrong Teasdale Diversity Committee, Jovita works closely with firm management to ensure that the firm’s programs and initiatives are carried out. She leads the firm’s support of various local and national affinity groups such as the Mound City Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis, Missouri Asian American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis.
Outside of the firm, Jovita is a board member of the Urban League of St. Louis, where she serves on its Executive Committee as General Counsel. She is a Junior Achievement volunteer and former board member teaching young people about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. She has been recognized by Sister Salute, an organization that celebrates women of color and named a Who’s Who in Black St. Louis.