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 approximately 100 collective bargaining agreements and has tried approximately 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 recent 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

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Media Quotes

2013 - Associate of Corporate Counsel - St. Louis Chapter - "The Use of Human Resource Experts in Harassment/Hostile Environment Cases in Missouri"
2008 - St. Louis Bar Journal - "An Exception to the At Will Employment Doctrine: Missouri’s Retaliatory Discharge Doctrine"
1986 - St. Louis Bar Journal - "The MEPPA Assessment: A Checklist of Defenses"

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