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Laura Jordan

Partner

St. Louis
314 552 6469 direct
314 552 7469 fax

Laura provides high-level strategic human resources counseling to executives and HR managers on the challenging legal questions that crop up during every phase of employment, from hiring and leaves of absence to terminations and any resulting litigation.

Her practical, highly responsive advice helps employers respond to disruptive personnel-based incidents and minimize litigation exposure so they can get back to the job at hand: Making their organizations great.

Laura serves as primary outside employment counsel to employers across the country, from major financial institutions and large manufacturing operations to small nonprofit organizations. She provides guidance on the full range of state and federal employment laws affecting employers and helps them navigate sensitive terminations and larger reductions in force. Laura also helps employers craft executive agreements that limit conflict with valuable potential hires and still protect the company's interests.

When employers face potential lawsuits, Laura draws on her nearly two decades of litigation experience to represent them in state and federal courts in the St. Louis area and beyond. She has extensive jury trial experience, and has developed a special focus in the area of wage and hour class litigation, where her team has won significant rulings.

From several long-term secondments at a global agribusiness and a health care services company, Laura knows firsthand what in-house counsel need from their outside legal providers: efficiency, responsiveness, and practical solutions that provide a clear roadmap for difficult HR decisions.

Laura is a member of Thompson Coburn's Management Committee and the chair of the firm's Women's Initiative.

TCLEs

TC Rewind: 2012

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Presentations

"FLSA Freefall: An In-Depth Look at the Latest Wage & Hour Law";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2015

"Developing Mentor Relationships";
Council for IWU Women Summit, February 2015

"Performance Enhancements': Guns and Drugs in the Workplace";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2014

"Looking Forward But Watching Your Back: Wage and Hour Compliance Rules and Tools to Avoid the Tide of Class Litigations";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2013

"The Most Effective Employment Mediation Advocacy";
Missouri Bar Employment Litigation CLE, June 2012

"The New Piece of the Puzzle: Sexual Orientation and Same Sex Partnerships";
Missouri Society of Human Resources Management, September 2011

"Application of the ADA Amendments Act to Common Workplace Issues";
Missouri State Employee Retirement System HR Conference, September 2011