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Concentrating his practice in the area of labor and employment law, A.J. helps clients resolve the many workplace issues that confront private and public employers, either by counselling clients through difficult personnel decisions or defending against administrative complaints and lawsuits.

A.J. has significant experience in defending against complex wage-and-hour class/collective actions, as well as representing clients in discrimination cases before state and federal agencies and in state and federal court. A.J. has also obtained favorable results before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Before joining the firm, A.J. was a law clerk to the Honorable Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and before law school, he taught high school English and chemistry in McAllen, Texas.




  • J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School
    • magna cum laude
    • Dean’s List
    • Notre Dame Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 2010-2011; staff member, 2009-2010
  • B.A., Yale University
    • English


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois


The Hon. Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2011-2012


Healthcare – Disability Discrimination

  • Successfully defended senior care facility against claims of failing to properly accommodate patient’s deafness.  Judge dismissed four of the plaintiff’s claims on a successful motion for summary judgment; federal jury returned a unanimous defense verdict on the remaining six claims.