Washington University School of Law,
Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law
Illinois Wesleyan University,
B.A., magna cum laude, 1996
Illinois USDC, Northern District
Illinois USDC, Southern District
Illinois USDC, Central District
Indiana USDC, Northern District
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
Missouri USDC, Western District
Wisconsin USDC, Eastern District
US Ct Appeals, 7th Circuit (IL, IN, WI)
US Ct Appeals, 8th Circuit (Covers AR, IA, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
American Bar Association
Member, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2005
Illinois State Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Named by BTI Consulting as a 2017 Client Service All-Star for Labor & Employment
Listed in Chambers USA (by Chambers & Partners) for Labor & Employment, 2017
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings), 2013-2022
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (by Thomson Reuters), 2013-2021
Named Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Labor & Employment in St. Louis by Best Lawyers (by BL Rankings), 2013
Included in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (by Thomson Reuters), 2009, 2011-2012
Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Up & Coming Lawyers, 2009
Thompson Coburn LLP
C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs
Illinois Wesleyan University
Council for IWU Women
FOCUS St. Louis
Leadership St. Louis Class of 2012-2013
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, including hiring, leaves of absence, immigration, ADA accommodations, 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: Achieving success for their organizations.
Laura is also particularly experienced in a wide variety of business immigration matters including obtaining nonimmigrant H-1B (workers in specialty occupations), L (intra-company transferees), TN (Canadian and Mexican citizen professionals) visas, and immigrant visas for persons seeking employment-based permanent residency (green card).
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, workplace accommodations 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.
"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
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