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Melanie A. Renken

Client Team Counsel   |   St. Louis

Melanie Renken is an experienced employment litigator who has represented employers both as a trial attorney and as in-house counsel, giving her a unique combination of experience that enables her to anticipate clients’ needs and expectations while aggressively defending their rights in court and administrative proceedings.

Melanie has represented clients in state and federal courts across the country, defending and guiding them through lawsuits relating to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, OSHA retaliation, workers’ compensation retaliation, and various contract and tort claims. In her litigation practice, Melanie has served as panel counsel for various EPL (employment practices liability) insurance carriers.

Her practice has included work with clients in the financial services, construction, education, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, and retail industries, including government entities and government contractors.

Before attending law school, Melanie worked for several years in the marketing communications and public relations industries. In her work for a global public relations firm, Melanie guided clients through public and internal crises, ranging from widely publicized product safety failures to massive reductions in force. Melanie’s experience in this realm makes her well equipped to represent clients whose legal matters attract media attention and scrutiny, or that have the potential to significantly affect employee morale.

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