Robert W. Stewart

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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.

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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.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, St. Louis University School of Law, 1975
  • B.S., magna cum laude, St. Louis University, 1973

Admittance to Practice

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Circuits

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 5, 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
  • August 8, 2018 - The National Law Journal - "What Labor, Management Lawyers Say About Missouri’s Right-to-Work Defeat"
  • August 8, 2018 - Law360 - "Missouri Loss Suggests 'Right-To-Work' Push Is Losing Steam"
  • Best Lawyers in America (Employment Law – Management, and Litigation-Labor and Employment); St. Louis Labor Law – Management Lawyer of the Year (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Employment Law-Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment); St. Louis Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” (2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV preeminent rating since 1988

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