University of Toledo College of Law,
J.D., Valedictorian, magna cum laude, 1980
B.A., cum laude, 1977
American Bar Association
Employment at Will Sub-committee
The Missouri Bar
Illinois State Bar Association
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, (by BL Rankings) 2010-2023
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, (by Thomson Reuters) 2008-2021
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Listed in Human Resource Executive magazine's list of "Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" in the United States
Top 100 list for employment law practitioners, 2013-2014
Thompson Coburn LLP
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Board of Directors, 2001-2007
Chairman, Community Investment Division, 2002-2005
Vice Chairman, Community Investment Division, 2000-2001
Member, Community Investment Committee, 1995-2005
Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor to private and public sector employers across a wide spectrum of industries.
As the co-chair of Thompson Coburn's Human Resource practice, he draws on his 35-plus years of experience to help clients solve personnel problems, conduct investigations, manage exposure to liability, effectively defend their interests in litigation, and receive an early and realistic assessment of their risk.
Chuck has extensive experience counseling clients through all phases of non-compete and trade secret litigation across the country, from Massachusetts, Illinois, and Missouri to Texas and California. He has pioneered creative approaches to these matters, including replevin and long-arm statutes, that help companies protect their proprietary information.
Chuck represents employers in high-stakes collective and class action litigation involving claims related to wage and hour, wage payment, background checks, and independent contractors. He has successfully defended or settled such matters in Missouri, Illinois, California, and Washington, D.C.
Employers frequently look to Chuck for targeted advice on major executive employment disputes. He has designed, negotiated, and litigated executive employment agreements and helped employers win favorable resolutions in arbitrations and before state and federal courts. He also advises and arbitrates ERISA and multi-employer withdrawal liability issues. His experience extends to litigating SOX whistleblower claims and conducting SOX and harassment investigations. In his decades-long experience in traditional labor and collective bargaining, Chuck has successfully negotiated contracts in the areas of health care, social services, and public sector services.
Among other national honors, Chuck is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been twice named to Human Resource Executive magazine's list of the country's "Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" (2013-2014).
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Missouri’s new marijuana law: What employers need to know
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Illinois Department of Labor issues first guidance on the state’s Equal Pay Act
New law to bar mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment and assault claims
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Missouri legislature passes new protections for businesses from COVID-19 suits
Illinois adds additional restrictions on use of background checks and new EEO requirements
How will the landmark Title VII decision in Bostock affect employer liability standards for LGBTQ+ employees?
What employers need to know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
How the St. Louis City and County Orders may affect your business
Coronavirus legislation may impact your paid leave and FMLA obligations
Missouri to join Right to Work ranks: Is the fight over or just warming up?
Re-Opening Issues and Employer Liability Concerns In The Era Of COVID-19
Blog Browse: Coronavirus legislation may impact your paid leave and FMLA obligations
Contributing Editor, Treatises on Covenants Not To Compete, Employee Duty of Loyalty, Tortious Interference in the Employment Context, and Trade Secrets;
ABA Labor and Employment Law Section
Thompson Coburn gives an assist to St. Louis ownership group in successful bid for Major League Soccer team
Cliff Godiner, Chuck Poplstein named to 2014 ‘Most Powerful Employment Attorneys’ list
Cliff Godiner, Chuck Poplstein named to ‘Most Powerful Employment Attorneys’ list
Chuck Poplstein elected to College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
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