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"He communicates very well and knows exactly how to respond to an OSHA complaint or a citation."

Client Feedback, Chambers USA, 2019

Overview

Brad has a reputation for responding rapidly when clients are unexpectedly challenged by workplace catastrophes and government investigations.

He is commonly called upon to triage Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) citations within 24 hours to support clients and formulate response strategies. Working closely with clients, Brad strives to defend citations and negotiate settlements using strategies that make good sense from the standpoint of both business and safety, and for the good of employees and employers. Reducing risks and injuries are his primary objectives, as are penalty reduction of 50 to 100 percent and withdrawal of citations or reclassification to lower severity levels.

In addition to his national practice in OSHA/MSHA defense, Brad handles a considerable amount of environmental work, representing clients against penalty actions and helping companies comply with ever-changing government regulations.

Brad immerses himself in clients’ businesses. He spends time in their factories, offices and warehouses, and he consults with engineering experts and other industry professionals. Brad’s record of success correlates directly to his willingness to dig deep to the heart of every client’s business goals and values.

"He communicates very well and knows exactly how to respond to an OSHA complaint or a citation."

Client Feedback, Chambers USA, 2019


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Environmental, 1995-2020, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Environmental, 2017
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment Law, 2010-2020
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2005-2019; Top 100, 2008; Top 50 St. Louis, 2006-2008

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Saint Louis University Law Journal, editor-in-chief
  • B.A., Furman University
    • cum laude

Admissions

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

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
Experience

Occupational Safety and Health

  • Defended more than three dozen fatality investigations conducted by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), usually responding to incident scene within 24 hours.
  • Won more than 30 OSHA whistleblower retaliation cases for general industry and construction sector and eight Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) whistleblower cases in mining sector.
  • Obtained favorable results for dairy companies in more than 100 OSHA citation cases nationwide.
  • Defended more than 500 OSHA citations.
  • Advised clients on selection of abatement strategies following OSHA inspections.
  • Designed and managed safety and health compliance audits.
  • Settled OSHA case for medical practice, reducing original penalty amount by 80 percent.
  • Obtained dismissal of whistleblower complaint for company in cable television sector. Complaint alleged that company failed to provide certain safety equipment and retaliated with wrongful termination.

Labor & Employment

  • Won 25 unfair labor practice cases filed against water company before National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
  • Negotiated collective bargaining agreements for numerous manufacturing companies, animal rendering facilities, mine operators, television stations and hotels.
  • Successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of employers with more than 20 unions.
  • Successfully defended hundreds of unfair labor practice charges.
  • Represented employers in numerous arbitrations involving discharges.

Environmental

  • Negotiated permits under Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.
  • Defended more than 20 civil penalty actions under Clean Air Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
  • Designed and managed environmental compliance audits.
  • Prevailed in administrative action against Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend precedent-setting water discharge permit involving effluent trading.
  • Counseled prospective buyers of coal-fired power plants in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.
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The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

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Husch Blackwell is well represented in the 2018 Chambers USA directory.

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The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 156 Husch Blackwell lawyers in its 2018 directory, breaking the firm’s old record of 151 set last year. The firm also has 10 attorneys listed as “Lawyers of the Year” and 15 lawyers who have made the list for the first time.

Outside the Office

Brad loves spending time with his grandchildren.

The grandkids might arrive at Brad's house to find water guns on the porch and a note that says, “Find me.” In cooler weather, he designs elaborate indoor treasure hunts for them, complete with clues and hidden prizes. It’s hard to say who has more fun – Brad or the kids.

Community Leadership
  • When the Saints, a faith-based Charity serving people in Malawi
  • St. Louis Urban K-Life

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