Washington University School of Law,
Appointed by Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Board, 1996
Semi-finalist in Environmental Moot Court, Spring 1996
B.A., Politics, cum laude
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
Illinois USDC, Central District
Illinois USDC, Southern District
Board Member of Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design
Founding Member of Regional In-House Labor and Employment Attorneys (ILEA) Practice Group
Member of Missouri, Illinois and American Bar Associations
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (by BL Rankings), 2015-2022
Listed in Chambers USA (by Chambers & Partners) as an Up and Coming Lawyer, 2013-2015
Named an Up & Coming Lawyer by "Missouri Lawyers Weekly," 2013
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (by Thomson Reuters) Rising Stars list, 2008
Thompson Coburn LLP
Bunge North America, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
Associate General Counsel, 2001-2012
United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, Washington, D.C.
Legal Intern, Spring 1997
Chambers of United States District Judge William L. Beatty, East St. Louis, Illinois
Legal Intern, Summer 1996
Office of the United States Attorney, St. Louis, Missouri
Legal Intern, Summer 1995
A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor and employment practice is bolstered by her experiences as an in-house attorney for more than 10 years at an agribusiness with grain handling, processing and port facilities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Hope intimately understands the needs and objectives of in-house counsel, and that unique perspective helps her craft practical business solutions and effectively communicate her common-sense advice to corporate leadership and HR professionals.
In her practice, Hope counsels human resource departments and business leaders on compliance with employment laws, including those involving discrimination, wage and hour, benefits, health and safety and worker's compensation. She frequently represents companies in labor matters, including labor arbitrations, union negotiations, union certifications and de-certifications and matters before the National Labor Relations Board. She also develops and drafts personnel policies and conducts on-site or remote training on compliance with labor and employment laws.
Advised on labor strategy involving a significant labor dispute in the Pacific Northwest with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Negotiated a union agreement with unprecedented management-rights terms.
Successfully opposed a union certification petition in Canada and organized successful decertification campaigns in the U.S. Organized numerous successful oppositions to union organizing drives.
Successfully defended multi-plaintiff employment discrimination litigation and related arbitration.
Assisted with labor and employment issues in connection with numerous acquisitions and joint ventures.
Counseled companies in connection with reductions in force.
Directed internal investigations into complaints of policy violations.
Assisted companies with implementation of background check procedures
Developed and conducted training on various employment issues, including harassment prevention training and internal investigation procedures.
Drafted personnel handbooks and policies, and implemented standardized employment releases, confidentiality agreements and independent contractor forms.
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