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Timothy J. Sarsfield

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Tim provides practical, in-depth counsel to management during two of the most critical junctures in the employer-employee relationship: union organizing and employee terminations.

Tim has spent his 30-year career representing management in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and defeating union organizing efforts in industrial workplaces across the country. He frequently works closely with supervisors, training them on best practices for union avoidance. In the event of a union election, Tim doesn't rely on a "campaign in a can" — he creates a custom program that helps employers pinpoint the real triggers for union organization and educate employees on why a union doesn't align with their goals.

Tim has helped employers respond to OSHA claims at the federal and state level from Boston to Seattle. He knows the investigators, knows the law, and can craft a response that speaks to the priorities of a specific OSHA region and tells a company's story in a clear, compelling manner.

Over many years, Tim has developed a special focus on counseling federal contractors on affirmative action claims brought by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). When organizations face an investigation or audit, Tim reviews their hiring practices, analyzes workplace demographics, and explains the figures to OFCCP investigators.

American Bar Association
Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee
The Missouri Bar
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Defense Research Institute (“DRI”)
Tim has been instrumental in keeping union-free a national distribution company and a major manufacturer with 30+ facilities nationwide.
In his work for federal contractors, Tim has had significant success in preventing OFCCP from piercing the corporate veil to target non-contracting entities with affirmative action claims.
“Avoiding the Avalanche: New Rules on Union Organizing and Their Consequences" Thompson Coburn HR Seminar (March 2015)
“They Call ‘Em like They Seem ‘Em: What’s New with the Umpires of the NLRB” Thompson Coburn HR Seminar (March 2014)
"Caught in the Middle: NLRB Organizing Issues" Thompson Coburn HR Seminar (March 2013)
“Hiring and Firing: Doing it Right” (2003)
Timothy J. Sarsfield
Eastern District of Missouri
Eastern and Western District of Arkansas
Central District of Illinois
Southern District of Illinois
Western District of Texas
3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals
Southern Illinois University
J.D., summa cum laude (1986)
St. Norbert College
B.S., Dean's List, four semesters (1981)
Thompson Coburn LLP
Partner (1997 - Present)
Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage
Partner (1997)
Associate (1988-1992; 1995-1996)
Gallop, Johnson & Neuman
Associate (1993-1995)
Young & Perl, P.C.
Associate (1992-1993)
McMahon, Berger, Hanna, Linihan, Cody & McCarthy
Associate (1986-1988)
Missouri (1986)