Bradley Bakker is an experienced employment counselor and litigator whose clients include public and private companies. Before joining Armstrong Teasdale, Brad served as a judicial clerk for The Honorable Judge William J. Haynes Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and subsequently worked in private practice focusing on employment law. Brad regularly conducts independent investigations for employers in order to ensure compliance with all applicable employment statutes. He also defends employers in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other administrative bodies. He also addresses risks related to Title VI and Title IX for large educational institutions. Brad regularly counsels universities about the shifting and complex regulations for Title IX compliance.
Brad handles a wide range of employment matters including complex Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) actions and noncompete agreements. In addition, he manages risk for businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including Title I and Title III actions. In particular, he helps employers navigate tricky issues related to drug free workplaces, drug testing of employees, and possible ADA issues related to evolving marijuana laws in the United States.
With a heavy emphasis on the intersection of technology, law, and the workplace, Brad litigates complex matters related to e-discovery and file preservation, and has a strong understanding of the information technology issues that employers may encounter in litigation. Additionally, he helps emerging companies avoid the technical and legal pitfalls they confront during expansion.
- New York University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2007)
- NYU Mediation Organization, Small Claims Court Mediator
- Robert McKay Scholar
- Saint Louis University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2004)
- History and Political Science
- Phi Beta Kappa
- United States Department of Education Presidential Scholar
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. Supreme Court
Charitable and Civic Involvement
- Good Shepherd School for Children (Board of Directors)
- Eagle Scout
- Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars (2015-2017)
- Recognized with a Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award from Burton Awards for “How Employers Can Mitigate Insider Threats” (2018)
Brad is an Eagle Scout and provides pro bono services to homeless individuals as they work to rebuild their lives. He also has filed briefs with the Missouri Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court on behalf of the wrongfully convicted and criminal justice reform.