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Overview

Serving businesses for 35 years, Brad has a national practice in the areas of OSHA/MSHA defense, labor and environmental law.

He represents clients primarily in the manufacturing, energy/natural resource and food/agriculture sectors. Within these industries, he has developed a reputation for rapid, in-person responses to workplace fatalities or catastrophes during government investigations. He is commonly called upon to “triage” OSHA and MSHA citations within 24 hours to enable clients to formulate settlement strategies. Examples where Brad has achieved favorable results include:

  • Won 25 unfair labor practice cases filed against a water company before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
  • Defended 26 OSHA investigations and penalty actions involving workplace fatalities.
  • Won more than 20 OSHA whistleblower retaliation cases for general industry and construction sector and 8 MSHA whistleblower cases in the mining sector.
  • Prevailed in an administrative action against Illinois EPA to extend a precedent-setting water discharge permit involving effluent trading.
  • Counseled prospective buyers of coal-fired power plants in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.
  • Negotiated collective bargaining agreements for numerous manufacturing companies, animal rendering facilities, mine operators, television stations and hotels.
  • Obtained favorable results for dairy companies in more than 100 OSHA citation cases nationwide.

Industries

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Environmental, 1995-2019, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Environmental, 2017
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment Law, 2010-2018
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2005-2018; 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 Associations and Memberships

  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
Experience
  • Settled OSHA case for a medical practice, reducing the original penalty amount by 80%.
  • Obtained dismissal of a whistleblower complaint for a company in the cable television sector. Complaint alleged that company failed to provide certain safety equipment and retaliated with wrongful termination.
Thought Leadership
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Community Leadership
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