Eric A. Todd

Office Managing Shareholder St. Louis

Eric Todd serves on the Firm’s Management Committee, and serves as Managing Shareholder of the St. Louis office. Eric has over 20 years of litigation experience representing employers in state and federal courts, and before arbitrators and administrative tribunals across the country.

Eric concentrates his practice exclusively on labor and employment law matters. He represents, defends and regularly counsels a wide range of business, government, non-profit, and other employers on a variety of issues to help navigate both legal and practical concerns.  Eric has served as lead counsel in matters involving contract disputes, non-competition and other restrictive agreements, disability and leave issues, hiring, discipline and discharge matters, alleged discrimination and retaliation, and union grievances, among others.

Eric has successfully tried numerous employment cases in federal and state courts, including both jury trials and non-jury trials and injunctive actions to enforce restrictive covenants. And, he has defended employers in more than 30 arbitrations brought by both individual employees and large employee groups in union and non-union workforces. Eric also has defended and favorably resolved complex employment litigation matters, including multi-plaintiff discrimination claims, and class and collective actions.

Eric has been honored regularly as among the Best Lawyers in America, and as a Missouri Super Lawyer based on peer surveys, thereby recognizing him as among the top 5% of attorneys in Missouri.

He clerked for the Honorable Edward W. Najam, Jr. of the Indiana Court of Appeals after graduating from law school. During law school, Eric was appointed by former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of Indiana University. Eric also is an active volunteer, having served as a Board Member on behalf of a number of St. Louis organizations, including Kids in The Middle, Inc., where he served as Board President and currently serves on its Advisory Council, Gateway Homeless Services, also as Board President, and the Downtown Children’s Center.


Experience

Representative litigation experience includes:

  • Defended a national retail clothing store company in a multi-plaintiff sexual harassment and retaliation action in Missouri state court;
  • Represented a national restaurant chain in wage and hour collective actions in Federal court that sought to certify national classes involving thousands of employees;
  • Obtained temporary and permanent injunctive relief in Federal court for a national office supply company to prohibit former sales employees from soliciting client’s customers on behalf of a major competitor;
  • Tried alleged discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment cases to favorable defense verdicts in Federal court for an international airline;
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in an eighteen-count race discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and FMLA interference case brought by former employees of an automobile manufacturer, and argued successfully to affirm the judgment on plaintiffs’ appeal to the Eighth Circuit;
  • Secured dismissal of an arbitration claim for disability discrimination brought by a former employee of a national bank;
  • Obtained reversal on appeal to the Eighth Circuit of jury verdict for alleged disability discrimination in favor of company’s current employee, based on collateral estoppel due to prior favorable ruling for employer on essential legal element in arbitration between the same parties.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Illinois Bar
  • The Indiana State Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, St. Louis University School of Law, Sports Labor Law
  • Trustee, Indiana University Board of Trustees (1990 – 1993)
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law Alumni Board
  • Board Member, Kids In The Middle, Inc.; Former President, Board of Directors; Advisory Council member
  • Board Member, Gateway Homeless Services, Inc.; Former President, Board of Directors
  • Board Member, Downtown Children’s Center, Inc.

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''I Can't Believe They Did That'' - St. Louis - September 2017
  • Enterprise University - ''Ever Expanding Disability Accommodation Obligations'' - St. Louis - May 2017
  • Enterprise University - ''What can we expect from the New Administration?'' - St. Louis - March 2017
  • Enterprise University - ''Top Ten Dangerous Wage and Hour (Payroll) Mistakes'' - St. Louis - May 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Arbitration Update: Pros and Cons and What Courts Like (and Don't Like)'' - Chicago - May 2016
  • Enterprise University - ''Document Creation, Retention and Destruction'' - St. Louis - April 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''FMLA and ADA Workshop'' - St. Louis - March 2016
  • Enterprise University at T-Rex - ''Hiring and Firing From A to Z'' - St. Louis - December 2015
  • Enterprise University - ''Top Ten Dangerous Wage and Hour (Payroll) Mistakes'' - St. Louis - October 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''You're Not the Boss of Me'' - Indianapolis - October 2015
  • Enterprise University - ''Juggling the FMLA, ADA, GINA and Workers' Compensation Laws'' - St. Louis - September 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employment Law Changes in 2016 and Beyond'' - St. Louis - September 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Is Your Arbitration Agreement Still Enforceable in Missouri'' - St. Louis - September 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''You Make the Call: Understanding and Preparing for a Jury Trial'' - San Antonio - May 2015
  • Enterprise University - ''Is Your Employee Handbook Up-to-Date and Effective?'' - St. Louis - April 2015
  • Enterprise University - ''Is Your Employee Handbook Up-to-Date and Effective?'' - St. Louis - November 12, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''FMLA and ADA Workshop'' - St. Louis - October 23, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Returning Veterans: Employer Obligations and Opportunities'' - St. Louis - September 05, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Top 10 Tips for Avoiding (or Minimizing) Employment Litigation'' - St. Louis - September 05, 2014
  • Enterprise University - ''New Age Social Media Pitfalls'' - St. Louis - May 07, 2014
  • Enterprise University - ''Is Your Employee Handbook Up-to-date and Effective?'' - St. Louis - April 22, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''From Harassment to Fraud: How to Conduct a First-Rate Workplace Investigation'' - St. Louis - September 26, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Expectations 2013: An Employment Law Update'' - St. Louis - January 23, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Eye on Employment Law'' - St. Louis - September 20, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Attorney-Client Privilege'' - St. Louis - September 20, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''E-Discovery Ethics'' - St. Louis - September 20, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Electronic Recordkeeping: The Legal Do's and Don'ts of Scanning, Storing and Deleting your HR Documents'' - St. Louis - January 26, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''A Crash Course in Wage and Hour Laws and Worker Misclassification Issues'' - St. Louis - April 28, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Your Day in Court'' - St. Louis - June 17, 2010
  • AAIM Cooperating School District HR Roundtable - ''Violence in the Workplace'' - St. Louis - February 2010
  • AAIM-EA HR Legal Certificate Program - ''Preparing an Effective Handbook'' - St. Louis - December 2009
  • Non-Profit HR Roundtable Series - ''Pandemic Planning: Are You Prepared'' - St. Louis - September 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act'' - St. Louis - April 09, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - ''Navigating the Reductions in Force Minefield'' - St. Louis - February 2009
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