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Laura Jordan


St. Louis
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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 was previously chair of the Firm's Women's Initiative.


How to End a Business Relationship Without Litigating

Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law

Remote Work Issues & Implications

Overtime Law 2016 – Expanded New Rule: What It Means for You


"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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Chambers USA Recognizes Thompson Coburn Practices for Excellence in 2023 Guide

Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2022 Chambers USA

Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2021 Chambers USA

Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2020 Chambers USA

Business ‘breakfast’ is served: A recap of the 2020 St. Louis Women’s Networking Breakfast

Hope Abramov and Laura Jordan named 2019 BTI Client Service All-Stars

Civic leadership takes center stage at 2019 St. Louis Women's Networking Breakfast

Thompson Coburn again recognized with ‘Gold Standard Certification’ for women in leadership

Laura Jordan named a 2017 BTI Client Service All-Star

23 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

Thompson Coburn Management Committee welcomes Laura Jordan

19 Thompson Coburn partners named 2013 St. Louis Lawyers of the Year

Laura Jordan selected for 2012-2013 class of Leadership St. Louis