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Overview

With an enduring fascination with scientific concepts and their applications and a strong background in labor and employment law, Tracey helps healthcare, life sciences and education clients ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations.

Tracey began her legal career as a fellow in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller, where she worked closely with the Senator’s general counsel on Finance Committee issues, and later as an attorney in the Office of Investigations for the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Her time with the federal government provided valuable insight into the legislative process and federal agency enforcement actions. Tracey then moved into the private sector as a litigator, managing a large caseload and litigating bench and jury trials, and later specialized in employment law as employment discrimination protections expanded. She has extensive experience with age, gender, race and disability discrimination; wrongful termination; human resources policies and personnel issues; and a wide variety of contracts.

Tracey joined Husch Blackwell as a Knowledge Manager for the Labor and Employment team, tracking and analyzing developments in national, state and local legislation; researching and creating legal alerts, blog posts and other articles; and developing and maintaining various databases, training programs and other innovations. Her research and writing focused primarily on civil rights, family and medical leave, labor relations, workplace safety, wage and hour regulations, and privacy law. The role has offered Tracey an opportunity to delve deeply into labor and employment developments and issues, as well as to develop a solid understanding of the priority the firm places on client relationships. Her work in knowledge management and with the client development team has given her an inside view of how excellent client service extends beyond legal advice.

Realizing how much she loves the practice of law and working through problems with clients, Tracey has now returned to full-time legal practice, while still maintaining responsibilities related to her knowledge management role. She concentrates on clients in the healthcare and life sciences industries, thanks to a strong personal interest in these fields, and she values the opportunities her practice affords to learn about new technologies and developments. Tracey assists in regulatory compliance and provides day-to-day counsel on a variety of labor and employment issues. While her goal is to help clients avoid litigation and stay out of court, she also draws on her extensive background as a litigator who staunchly defends clients’ interests.


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Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • Judge Myron D. Mills Administrative Law Award
  • B.A., Saint Mary's College
    • Finance and Accounting

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
Experience
  • Represented researchers and faculty members of four major universities who developed a biomedical device. Renegotiated and prepared a consulting agreement between the client and the third-party licensee of product. Predominate issues focused on protection of ownership rights of future inventions, and protection of clients' interests relating to prior obligations to universities, as well as more typical contract issues.
  • Successfully defended a corporation against claims of age discrimination in all phases of litigation.
  • Advised an offshore software company seeking entry into the U.S. market and assessed the probability of a successful launch. After presenting an array of options, the company chose a conservative course of action and began working with an incubator to conduct additional development.
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a case that was received mid-litigation. Conducted additional research regarding the relationship between shell companies and individuals across the country. Wrote a detailed mediation brief based on depositions, discovery documents, and research which resulted in a favorable result for the client. After multiple years of litigation, the client commented that the clarity and detail in the mediation brief was critical to their understanding of the fraudulent scheme.
  • Protected the interests of small business owners by writing and negotiating contracts and advising on legal issues and litigation avoidance.
  • Represented clients in race, age, disability, gender and harassment claims before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
  • Negotiated settlements and successfully litigated bench and jury trials in Missouri and Illinois state courts on civil matters including contract, discrimination, insurance defense and product liability cases.
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Outside the Office

In her free time, Tracey enjoys time with her family, staying fit by biking and hiking, exploring and learning about different cultures, and writing.

Community Leadership
  • Candidate Forums Moderator, League of Women Voters, 2018–present
  • Pro Bono Litigation Attorney representing undocumented minors, Migrant Community Action Project, 2015-2017
  • Mock Interviewer, National Council on Youth Leadership, 2009-2014
  • Little League baseball coach, 2004-2009

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