Experience

Decertification of Collective Action, Denial of Class Certification, Partial Summary Judgment in Overtime Misclassification Complaint

Secured collective action decertification and denial of class certification for a client in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, regarding a complaint in which current and former employees asserted overtime claims based on alleged misclassification as exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and under the wage and hour laws of the states of Missouri and Washington.

Withdrawal of Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against Manufacturer

Successfully defended a pet food company against an unfair labor practice charge filed with the National Labor Relations Board. In filing the charge, a union alleged the client unlawfully disciplined and discharged one of its employees because of his support for the union during its organizing campaign. Following a vigorous defense against the allegation, the union withdrew the charge.

Summary Judgment for Hospital in FMLA Retaliation Suit

Obtained summary judgment ruling for a hospital in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The lawsuit brought by former employer alleged retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act. 

Representation in Class Action Involving Biometric Information Privacy Act

Represented corporate client in employment- related class action involving the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Dismissal of Wrongful Termination Suit for University

Obtained dismissal of lawsuit brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri by the former employee of a university, who claimed wrongful termination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Missouri Human Rights Act.

Favorable Ruling for University Granting 11th Amendment Immunity

Obtained favorable ruling in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri granting employer 11th Amendment Immunity from future litigations.

Enforced Arbitration Agreement for Securities Company

Successfully enforced an arbitration agreement against a current employee of a large securities brokerage company in St. Louis County Circuit Court, resulting in withdrawal of the employee’s attorney and dismissal of the employee’s claims.

Favorable Result in FLSA Employee Misclassification Case

Achieved a favorable trial result in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas on behalf of a client accused of misclassifying a significant portion of its workforce as exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) after several years of litigation.

Partial Summary Judgment in FLSA Misclassification Action

Obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of a client in a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) misclassification collective action, reducing the potential scope of class and the client's potential exposure by over 90%.

Resolution of Fraud, Wrongful Termination, Other Claims

Obtained a favorable result in a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri on behalf of an international corporation that had been sued by a number of former employees for fraud, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and a number of other tort claims. After trial, the remaining claims settled for a small fraction of the settlement demand, saving the client hundreds of thousands of dollars.