Timothy A. Garnett

Shareholder || St. Louis

Tim Garnett joined the firm in 2007 and is a Shareholder in the St. Louis office.  His practice includes collective bargaining in which he serves as a chief spokesperson for employers in negotiations with unions.  He also provides day-to-day counsel on problems arising under collective bargaining agreements, such as discipline and discharge and application of work rules as well as matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act.  Tim also brings a strong business perspective to his practice because he was the Director of Labor Relations as well as Labor Attorney for a Houston based energy company for over six years.  His experience also includes counsel and training in union avoidance and taking positive steps to help remain union free.

Tim is also a nationally recognized speaker and trainer in almost every aspect of human resource law.  Tim has developed and presented numerous labor employment training programs dealing with labor relations and other human resources topics for human resources professionals.  His best selling web-based harassment training program called the “No Zone” continues to be sold and utilized throughout the United States.  In addition, he has used technology to deliver live training over the internet which is both entertaining and engaging.

Tim has also represented several Fortune 500 companies in employee relations matters and litigated numerous employment related claims in both federal and state courts.

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Tim has been a chief spokesperson in negotiating more than 100 collective bargaining agreements on behalf employers and has also been involved in more than 100 union campaigns in his almost 30 years of practice.  In addition to his extensive labor law experience, he has developed expertise in class action discrimination matters and developed statistical defenses in discrimination claims for Fortune 50 employers.

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1982
  • A.B., with honors, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1979

Admittance to Practice

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Developing Labor Law Section)
  • St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association
  • Clayton, Missouri Chamber of Commerce

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Changing the Culture, Not Checking the Box: Management Training in Today’s Workplace" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - "Don't Shoot The Messenger - Strategies For Better Employee-Manager Communication" - Indianapolis - October 10, 2013
  • 2015 - Bloomberg BNA (contributor) - "The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act, Sixth Edition, 2015 Cumulative Supplement"
  • April 6, 1999 - The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis - 18th Annual Corporate Institute - "Dealing With Absenteeism Under FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation"
  • November 6, 1998 - Surviving The Employment Law Explosion - "The Road Less Traveled: Missouri Courts Refuse to Expand the Public Policy Exception to the At Will Doctrine"
  • September 1998 - Council on Education in Management, Personal Law Update - "Managing A Practical Aids Policy in the 1990’s"
  • January 23, 1998 - The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Labor and Employment Section and Federal Litigation & Practice Committee - "Pretext Only Or Pretext Plus? Summary Judgment in Employment Discrimination Cases - The Impact of St. Mary’s Honor Center v. Hicks"
  • June 13, 1997 - University of Missouri - Columbia - Employment Law - An Update on the Law Plus Practical Advice on Handling Employment Cases - "The Age Discrimination In Employment Act: A Practical Guide to The Burden of Proof in the Eighth Circuit"
  • June 1997 - Council on Education in Management, Personal Law Update - "Risk-Free Hiring: How to Interview, Check References and Use Pre-Employment Testing Without Triggering Liability"
  • February 1997 - Council on Education in Management, Personal Law Update - "Risk-Free Hiring: How to Interview, Check References and Use Pre-Employment Testing Without Triggering Liability"
  • October 1996 - Council on Education in Management, Personal Law Update - "Violence In The Workplace: The Catch-22 For Employers"
  • November 1995 - Council on Education in Management, Personal Law Update - "Productivity versus Privacy: How Can an Employer Navigate the Legal Minefield When Investigating Employees?"
  • May 1995 - Council on Education in Management, Personal Law Update - "Happy Birthday. You’re Fired"
  • October 1994 - Council on Education in Management, Personal Law Update - "Theft, Lies and Videotape: Balancing the Employer’s Need for Information and an Employee’s Right to Privacy"
  • April 1994 - Council on Education in Management, Personal Law Update - "Managing Leaves of Absence and Controlling Fraud"
  • April 1990 - Council on Education in Management, Personal Law Update - "Health Issues, The Workplace and the Law"
  • Best Lawyers in America (2019)
  • Super Lawyers (2009-2014, 2016-2018)
  • Legal 500: Labor and Employment – Workplace and Employment Counseling (2015-2016)
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell