Rodney A. Harrison

Shareholder || St. Louis

Since 1996, Mr. Harrison has devoted his practice exclusively to the representation of companies in the area of labor and employment law.

Mr. Harrison’s practice includes counseling and advising clients on employment-related matters such as work related investigations, leave and attendance issues, and disciplinary and termination decisions. He has litigated labor and employment-related matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including individual and class action claims under Title VII, the ADA, ERISA, the ADEA, the FMLA, collective action claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and represented employers in labor and employment arbitrations and administrative proceedings. Mr. Harrison regularly counsels clients on employment-related matters, particularly those involving FMLA/ADA workplace issues.

Mr. Harrison has extensive experience advising clients in wage and hour audits with the Department of Labor, as well as handling class and collective action claims in state and federal courts. Most recently, he has represented:

  • corporate and franchise pizza companies being sued by delivery drivers alleging credit, mileage reimbursement, uniform, and off the clock claims;
  • a fast food restaurant being sued by kitchen managers in a misclassification case;
  • a water utility being sued by in a misclassification case;
  • a software company being sued by project managers in a misclassification case;
  • a casino sued by front line supervisors in a misclassification case;
  • a security company being sued in an off-the-clock case; and
  • a manufacturing facility sued by unionized hourly workers alleging donning and doffing violations.

Mr. Harrison’s practice also includes matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act.  Mr. Harrison has assisted both governmental and non-governmental clients with their labor related issues, including labor arbitrations, contract negotiations, and union organizing. He has represented clients in several industries, including the construction, steel, telecommunications, utility, chemical, pharmaceutical, health care, distribution, and transportation industries. He regularly arbitrates cases for clients in these industries, and has worked with clients in resolving issues with various unions, including the Steelworkers, Teamsters, Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Chemical Workers.

In addition, Mr. Harrison has particular expertise in matters arising under the Railway Labor Act, including major/minor disputes, arbitration reviews, strike threats, union representation issues, federal and state law RLA preemption matters, and collective bargaining disputes. He has handled matters in federal courts, as well as before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and National Mediation Board (NMB). Mr. Harrison’s experience includes:

  • Representing a railroad in actions to enjoin threatened strikes by the BMWED, BLET and other unions;
  • Representing railroads seeking to enforce and vacate arbitration awards both before the courts and the STB;
  • Representing air and rail carriers in union election proceedings before the NMB;
  • Representing a railroad in major dispute actions seeking relief for the union’s repudiation of the terms of a bargaining agreement;
  • Representing a railroad in proceedings before the STB and Court of Appeals to vacate an award of New York Dock benefits;
  • Representing an airline in a state common law claim involving RLA preemption issues;
  • Representing a railroad in a hybrid breach of contract/duty of fair representation case;
  • Representing air and rail carriers in arbitration proceedings;
  • Representing rail and air carriers in wrongful discharge claims arising under § 2, Third and Fourth;
  • Advising airlines and railroads on general labor relations; and
  • Representing airlines and railroads in employment discrimination lawsuits.

Finally, Mr. Harrison represents clients in non-compete and trade secret litigation in federal and state courts , including claims for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, computer fraud and abuse, and violation of the Stored Electronic Communications Act. He has helped clients enforce restrictive covenants and helped clients navigate the hiring of employees subject to restrictive covenants. He has served as an adjunct professor at St. Louis University School of Law, where he taught a class on non-compete and trade secret litigation. 

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  • Union Pacific R.R. Co. v. Surface Transp. Bd., 358 F.3d 31 (D.C. Cir. 2004)
  • Walker v. Trinity Marine Products, 721 F.3d 542 (8th Cir. 2013)
  • Union Pacific R. Co. v. United Transp. Union, 2006 WL 2460644 (D. Kan. 2006)
  • United Transp. Union v. Alton & Southern Ry. Co., et. al., 2006 WL 664181 (S.D. Ill. 2006)
  • Brotherhood of Ry. Carmen v. Kansas City Southern Ry. Co., 2005 WL 2600435 (W.D. Mo. 2005)
  • Union Pacific R. Co. v. United Transp. Union, 2005 WL 3797329 (E.D. Mo. 2005)
  • Taylor v. American Airlines, 943 F. Supp. 1164 (W.D. Mo. 1996)
  • Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees v. Union Pacific R. Co., 460 F.3d 1277 (10th Cir. 2006)
  • Kansas City Southern Ry. Co. v. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, 419 F. Supp. 1038 (C.D. Ill. 2006)
  • Jones v. Union Pacific Motor Freight, 1999 WL 34803757 (W.D. Mo. 1999)
  • Union Pacific Corporation, Union Pacific Company & Missouri Pacific Railroad Company – Control and Merger – Southern Pacific Rail Corporation, Southern Pacific Transportation Company, STB Finance Docket No. 32760 (Sub-No. 42) (Aug. 14, 2006) (arbitration review)
  • Lasco v. Hall & Shaw Sales, Marketing & Consulting, 600 F. Supp.2d 1045 (E.D. Mo. 2009)
  • DiStefano v. Kinder Morgan, 2011 WL 245583 (S.D. Ill. 2011)
  • Borders v. Trinity Marine, 2010 WL 5139343 (E.D. Mo. 2010)
  • Borders v. Trinity Marine, 2011 WL 1045560  (E.D. Mo. 2010)
  • Newlin v. GoJet Airlines, LLC, 2011 WL 743081 (E.D. Mo. 2011)
  • Newlin v. GoJet Airlines, LLC, 2011 WL 6415544 (E.D. Mo. 2011)
  • Jackson v. Mills Properties, 2011 WL 3607920 (E.D. Mo. 2011)
  • Tenge v. Washington Group, 2011 WL 1630823 (E.D. Mo. 2011)
  • Richardson v. Watco, 2011 WL 15000504 (W.D. Okla. 2011)
  • Walker v. Trinity Industries, 2012 WL 1858935 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Martin v. Trinity Industries, 2012 WL 1620164 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Cool-Pak v. Larsen, 2012 WL 1933706 (D. Minn. 2012)
  • Kress v. Dutchtown South Community Corp., 2012 WL 2374710 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Fouche v. Missouri American Water, 2012 WL  2718925 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Randazzo v. Par Pharmaceutical, 2012 WL 5051023 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Marshall v. Amsted Rail, 2012 WL 5380329 (S.D. Ill. 2012)
  • TLC Vision v. Freeman, 2012 WL 5398671 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Marshall v. Amsted Rail, 2012 WL 5499431 (S.D. Ill. 2012)
  • Fouche v. Missouri American Water, 2013 WL 121542 (E.D. Mo. 2013)
  • TLC Vision v. Freeman, 2013 WL 230254 (E.D. Mo. 2013)
  • Busse v. Daiichi Sankyo, 2013 WL 791822 (E.D. Mo. 2013)
  • Gonzalez v. Sara, Inc., 2013 WL 124483 (E.D. Mo. 2013)
  • TLC Vision v. Freeman, 2013 WL 2181267 (E.D. Mo. 2013)
  • Busse v. Daiichi Sankyo, 2013 WL 1755373 (E.D. Mo. 2013)
  • Callahan v. University of Central Missouri, 2013 WL 796560 (W.D. Mo. 2013)
  • Warren v. Dr. Pepper/Seven Up, 2013 WL 4507846 (E.D. Mo. 2013)
  • Desirey v. Huawei Device USA, Inc., 2014 WL 1413537 (E.D. Mo. 2014)
  • Almoghrabi v. GoJet Airlines, LLC, 2015 WL 1061118 (E.D. Mo. 2015)
  • Montgomery v. Compass Airlines, LLC, 2015 WL 1522248 (D. Minn. 2015)
  • Thomas v. St. Louis Screw & Bolt, 2015 WL 1610706 (S.D. IL. 2015)
  • Barnes, v. Simmon, 2015 WL 1800532 (E.D. Mo. 2015)
  • Perrin v. Papa John’s Intern., Inc., 2015 WL 3823142 (E.D. Mo. 2015)
  • Almoghrabi v. GoJet Airlines, LLC, 2016 WL 393580 (E.D. Mo. 2016)


  • J.D., Washington University, 1993
  • B.S., Tufts University, 1990

Admittance to Practice

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

Professional Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section, Railway and Airline Labor Law Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute (Employment Law Committee, Vice Chair, Program Subcommittee)
  • St. Louis University School of Law (Adjunct Professor)
  • Human Resource Management Association (Program Committee)
  • Society for Human Resources Management


  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Voluntary Early Retirement and Workforce Restructuring Programs: When, Why, and How?" - La Quinta - November 9, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Drowning in Documentation? Staying Compliant and Current With Handbooks, Investigations, and Other Employment Documentation" - Phoenix - May 9, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Off the Record: A Roundtable Discussion of “The New Normal”" - Boca Raton - November 11, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "So, Just Who Is the “Employer”?" - San Diego - May 4, 2017
  • BAMSL Bench and Bar Conference - "Recent Developments under the MHRA" - Lake of the Ozarks - June 16, 2016
  • ILEA - "Alternative Fee Arrangements in Employment Matters" - St. Louis - February 16, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Is Your Handbook Up to Date and Effective" - St. Louis - January 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Improve Your Standard Documents and Decrease Your Risk" - Scottsdale - November 2015
  • Missouri Bar Labor and Employment Law Symposium - "Discovery and Evidentiary Issues under the MHRA" - Columbia - October 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Knowing When to Say When — Reasonable Accommodations and Undue Hardship Under the ADA" - St. Louis - September 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "You’re Not the Boss of Me" - San Antonio - May 2015
  • ACC - "You’re Not the Boss of Me" - St. Louis - April 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "2015 L & E Update" - St. Louis - March 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Employment Law Changes in 2014 and Beyond" - St. Louis - December 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Eye on ESI in Employment Litigation" - St. Louis - September 2014
  • LEIA - "Document Retention Strategies for Employers" - St. Louis - March 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Drafting Essential Provisions, and Tactics for Enforcing Restrictive Covenants" - Charleston - November 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Managing Leave Under the ADA/FMLA" - St. Louis - September 9, 2013
  • NAAAHR - "Latest Labor Law Developments" - St. Louis - February 2013
  • AAIM - "You’re Not the Boss of Me" - St. Louis - April 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Strategies for Handling Employment Matters Effectively and Efficiently" - St. Louis - April 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "The FMLA and ADA in the Real World" - St. Louis - April 2011
  • AAIM-EA Webcast Series - "Responding to the EEOC" - St. Louis - February 2011
  • Private Client Seminar - "Workplace Violence: Are You Prepared?" - St. Louis - January 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Protecting Trade Secrets" - St. Louis - June 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "Class and Collective Action Phenomena: Everything Old is New Again" - St. Louis - April 2010
  • May 2008 - DRI Annual Employment Law Conference Manuscript - "You Aren’t The Boss Of Me – When And How Much Can An Employer Regulate Employee Conduct On And Off The Job"
  • May 2007 - DRI Annual Employment Law Conference Manuscript - "Litigation Lessons Learned"
  • April 2007 - DRI Jury Instruction Book - "Employment Law Jury Instructions: FLSA"
  • Spring 2004 - St. Louis Bar Journal - "Genetic Testing Discrimination: The Call for a Broader National Policy"
  • November 1999 - For the Defense - "When Wrongdoers Seek Justice: The Whistleblowers Blows the Whistle on Himself"
  • Winter 1998 - The Job Description - "The Violence Against Women Act: A New Cause of Action for Women Subjected to Sexual Harassment"
  • August 13, 2012 - Law360 - "Circuit Split On CFAA Leaves Employers Scratching Heads"

Ranked in Chambers USA

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Recipient, Robert C. Welch Voluntary Attorney Project Award (1997)
  • Webster Child Care Center Board of Directors (Past President)
  • Super Lawyer by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (2008-present)
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Law Clerk, Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., Missouri Supreme Court (1994-1995)
  • Chambers USA (2013 – present)

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