Husch Blackwell LLP

Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Offers outstanding labor and employment capabilities, particularly in St. Louis. Carries significant litigation expertise in FLSA and wage and hour class and collective actions. Advises on labor law issues that include negotiations with unions and the NLRB. Also offers experience in ERISA litigation and trade secrets disputes.

Strengths Commentators note: "They are professional, smart and responsive."

Another source says: "They are always available and efficiently and effectively find us a legal partner with expertise in whatever matter arises."

Work highlights Represented Barnes-Jewish Hospital in an FMLA and Missouri Human Rights Act action brought by a former employee who alleged she was discriminated against and that her employment was wrongly terminated.

Notable practitioners

Bradley Hiles
regularly defends his clients in OSHA and MSHA related claims and investigations. He also possesses experience handling whistleblower complaints.

Josef Glynias
regularly advises clients on wage and hour class actions. One client says: "He took the time to understand our culture. His insight was invaluable."

Julianne Story
advises employers on a wide range of employment matters, such as discrimination and retaliation cases and noncompete agreements. Sources say that "she is an excellent lawyer," adding: "She has both the substantive expertise and the capability to handle the difficult world of negotiations, mediations and litigation."

"Terrific lawyer"
Paul Pautler
regularly defends his clients in employment-related litigation, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims.

Robert Tomaso
is highly regarded for his labor and employment practice and has a wealth of experience with ERISA and discrimination litigation. Sources describe him as "very smart, energetic and personable."