THE FIRM This national labor and employment practice enjoys an excellent presence in Missouri. It has been very active in both Kansas City and St. Louis, advising clients on labor and employment issues, including employment litigation and wage and hour class actions. The group also routinely provides clients with day-to-day counseling and training, and also advises on handbook issues. Notable clients include American Water Works, Arrow Electronics and Union Pacific.
Sources say: "A fabulous firm to work with if you have cases all over the US – a wonderful legal partner." "I have a very good impression of them – they are skillful and client-focused."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Matula is much admired as a "confident lawyer" who "has a very accomplished skill set." He focuses primarily on employment litigation and has a great reputation for his broad knowledge base. In the past year, he successfully defended ADT Security Services against a race discrimination claim made by a former employee.
The highly regarded Donald Prophete plays a significant management role in the firm and receives much praise for his contribution to this team. He is well known for his employment litigation practice, which focuses on discrimination cases. He is also particularly sought after for his retail and energy sector experience.
Anthony Byergo chairs the firm's national collective bargaining practice and is well respected for his traditional labor work. "He has developed a set of strong trial skills," market commentators note. Recent highlights include representing Tire Kingdom in a sexual harassment claim and retaliation claims brought by former employees, achieving favorable defense verdicts.
Patrick Hulla chairs the firm's Kansas City office and is noted for his wealth of experience in the arena, particularly in class action cases. Clients describe him as "easy to work with, responsive and practical."
Kerri Reisdorff is sought after for employment litigation matters and general counseling, and is also well versed in employment reduction matters. Interviewees praise her responsiveness and the practicality of her advice.
St. Louis-based Gregg Lemley is regarded as "a go-to attorney who is smart, responsive, rational and logical, and able to evaluate the situation and give practical advice." He is well versed in a wide variety of discrimination cases.
Since publication, Donald S Prophete has left this practice.