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David Deterding


St. Louis
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David represents employers in the full spectrum of employment law and litigation matters, providing smart, proactive counsel to clients on sensitive human resource issues.

He counsels regional, national and international employers in a variety of industries, including health care, agriculture, construction, education, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, public utility, retail and transportation.

With experience in the full range of federal and state employment laws, David has successfully defended clients against civil actions and administrative claims related to harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, defamation, breach of contract, interference with contract, infliction of emotional distress, breach of non-compete agreements and related actions.

David has worked directly with in-house counsel and corporate management for Fortune 500 companies on issues related to human resources, employment, risk management and litigation. He's frequently asked to review employment policy manuals, handbooks, offer and termination letters and non-compete agreements.

David advises companies engaged in mergers and acquisitions, and leads due diligence efforts as part of corporate transactions. He also has a background in commercial litigation and appellate matters, and draws on that experience to help employers identify and address any vulnerabilities for corporate risk and tactfully manage disputes involving employees.

Representative Experience

Assisted with labor and employment issues in connection with numerous acquisitions and joint ventures.

Obtained dismissal for a charitable institution in a Title VII and ADA matter.

Counseled companies in connection with reductions in force.

Directed internal investigations into complaints of policy violations.

Developed and conducted training on various employment issues, including harassment prevention training and internal investigation procedures.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a municipal client in a MHRA matter.

Obtained one of the top 10 defense verdicts in the State of Missouri for an agricultural client in 2013.


New OSHA Rules

Remote Work Issues & Implications


Federal rumblings point to increased interest in limiting non-competes

Thompson Coburn Publications

Re: U.S. Department of Labor modifies Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave Rules and limits prior scope of health care worker exception


“The Federal State Divide is Widening: Dispositive Motion Practice in the Context of Hostile Work Environment Claims,”
MODL Quarterly Report Fall 2015

“Avoiding Employee Litigation: An Employer’s Guide to Arbitration Agreements in Missouri,”
MODL Quarterly Report Summer 2014

"Missouri's Diminishing Workers' Compensation Exclusivity Doctrine,”
MODL Quarterly Report Summer 2012

“Missouri, Illinois Collateral Source Rules Affect Bodily Injury Claims Differently,”
Insurance Journal, Midwest News October 2009

“A Deference Based Dilemma: The Implication of Lewis v. Thompson For Access to Non-Emergency Health Benefits For Undocumented Alien Children,”
52 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 951 2008