University of Missouri School of Law,
J.D., cum laude, 2013
Order of the Coif
Associate Editor, Missouri Law Review
Bachelor of Business Administration, 2008
Before attending law school, Cody played professional soccer for the Harrisburg City Islanders of the United Soccer Leagues.
Thompson Coburn LLP
Summer Associate, 2012
Sandberg Phoenix and von Gontard P.C.
Summer Associate, 2011
Cody represents employers spanning several industries in various aspects of employment litigation and labor law.
Cody successfully represents employers in all types of disputes involving Title VII, the ADA, ADEA, and FMLA (and their state law counterparts).
His practice also includes significant time and focus on defending class and conditional certification actions under the FLSA and various state wage and hour laws. Cody has defended these lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country and has taken a lead role in developing strategic and practical defenses for his clients.
In his work for railroad clients, Cody assists with federal lawsuits filed under the Federal Railroad Safety Act and Railway Labor Act (RLA), and in doing so has worked on successful strike injunction motions under the RLA's major/minor standard. He additionally represents employers in a wide range of industries in litigation stemming from covenants not to compete and has experience handling discharge and contract interpretation grievances in arbitration.
Cody combines his strong analytical skills and persuasive writing techniques to craft substantive briefs and motions that convey complex legal analysis in a clear, succinct manner. He has significant experience in conducting depositions, negotiating and drafting settlement agreements, and working closely with clients to coordinate written discovery and develop effective trial strategies.
Most recently, Cody successfully defended a railroad client during an ADA trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. After winning summary judgment on a number of the plaintiff's claims, the railroad won the remainder at trial, with the Court holding that the railroad "carried its burden with regard to the direct threat defense at trial and based upon reasonable medical evidence, determined that the plaintiff was not qualified to safely perform the essential functions of a carman."
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