Robert W. Stewart

Shareholder St. Louis

Bob Stewart is equally comfortable and experienced in the field of Employment Law/Litigation, as well as in the field of Traditional Labor Law.

Bob has extensive employment law/litigation experience, having first chaired more than 50 cases to verdict (half jury tried - half bench tried). These cases have ranged from single plaintiff discharge cases - to multiple plaintiff hostile work environmental cases - in State Courts and in several Federal District Courts. Litigators, despite their best efforts, often end up in Appellate Courts. Bob has argued approximately 25 such cases before Appellate Courts, including the Eighth Circuit, the Seventh Circuit and the Missouri Supreme Court. Throughout his career, counseling clients on virtually all aspects of the employment relationship successfully to avoid litigation, has also been a focus.

Bob also has extensive Traditional Labor Law experience in assisting employers in dealing with labor unions. This has included preventative labor relations, NLRB appearances and trial work, handling union organizing campaigns and strikes, collective bargaining and trying arbitration cases. For example, Bob has first chaired more than 100 collective bargaining agreements and has tried more than 200 labor arbitrations.

Bob is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has long been AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.


Experience

As an experienced litigator, Bob has recently tried a multiple plaintiff, eleven (11) day hostile environment jury case (State Court), as well as a single plaintiff, seven (7) day whistleblower case (Federal Court).

Bob is equally experienced in managing employers’ responses to union organizing campaigns.  Bob recently managed the legal work in campaigns in two large bakeries (800 and 600 employees) in which the employees rejected union representation by nearly 3 to 1.  In another matter, following trial, Bob secured the dismissal of a petition on the basis that the petitioned-for maintenance unit was inappropriate.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''What I Wish I Knew Before My Deposition . . .'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Missouri College & University Professional Association – HR (MCUPA-HR) - ''Union Organizing in Faculty Units in High Education in Missouri'' - Lake Ozark - November 2016
  • NHRA (St. Louis Chapter) - ''Legal Update'' - St. Louis - 2008 - 2017
  • Prof. Rohlik's Labor Arbitration Seminar at St. Louis University School of Law - ''Guest Lecturer'' - St. Louis - 2000 - 2012

Published Works

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Our Insights

Should Public Employers Consider Issuing a Janus Notice Where a Checkoff Clause is Contained in a CBA?

July 16, 2018

Union (In)Security: SCOTUS Prohibits Public Sector Union Security and Missouri May Tip The Private Sector Scales

June 27, 2018

Missouri Revolutionizes Public Sector Labor Law, Part Three: Union Reporting and Other Obligations

June 01, 2018

Missouri Revolutionizes Public Sector Labor Law, Part Two: Collective Bargaining

May 31, 2018

Missouri Revolutionizes Public Sector Labor Law, Part One: Carve-Outs and the Representation Process

May 30, 2018

Missouri’s Right-to-Work Bill: Not as Soon as the Legislature Intended but Perhaps Sooner Than the Unions Want

May 22, 2018

Will Missourians Finally Have the “Right to Work”?

November 28, 2017

Unions Fight Back Against Missouri Right-to-Work Law

August 21, 2017

City of St. Louis Employers May Roll Back Their Minimum Wage to $7.70, Effective August 28, 2017

July 03, 2017

Missouri Governor Greitens Signs Bill Amending MHRA, Bringing State Law More Into Line With Federal Law

June 30, 2017

Missouri Legislature Passes State Minimum Wage Bill

May 16, 2017

The Missouri Human Rights Act—The Playing Field Has Been Leveled

May 09, 2017

St. Louis’s Minimum Wage Increases to $10 Per Hour on May 5

May 04, 2017

St. Louis’s Minimum Wage Increase to Take Effect in the Coming Days

April 27, 2017

The St. Louis Minimum Wage: City’s Press Release Raises More Questions Than It Answers

March 08, 2017

The St. Louis Minimum Wage Returns From the Dead

March 03, 2017

Missouri Becomes 28th Right-to-Work State

February 06, 2017

Federal Court in Missouri Holds At-Will Employment Is Not Consideration for Noncompete

December 01, 2016

Ogletree Governmental Affairs State Round-Up

December 01, 2015

St. Louis Minimum Wage Hike Struck Down at the 11th Hour

October 15, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About St. Louis’s Minimum Wage Law

October 09, 2015

Missouri School Boards, Cities, and Counties: Consider Enacting Ordinance Providing for Secret Ballot Union Elections for Certain Employees

August 19, 2015

Media

Media Quotes

August 08, 2018 - The National Law Journal - "What Labor, Management Lawyers Say About Missouri’s Right-to-Work Defeat"
August 08, 2018 - Law360 - "Missouri Loss Suggests 'Right-To-Work' Push Is Losing Steam"
2013 - Associate of Corporate Counsel - St. Louis Chapter - "The Use of Human Resource Experts in Harassment/Hostile Environment Cases in Missouri"

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