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Sponsored by the BAMSL Labor & Employment Section 7.6 MOCLE Hours, including 2 Hours of Ethics!

When: Monday, March 10, 2014
From 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Clayton Plaza
7730 Bonhomme Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri  63105
United States
Contact: Shannan Deemie
314-421-4134 x 3120

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What's Going On? An Update on Workplace Issues


Monday, March 10, 2014

From 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Sheraton Clayton Plaza

7730 Bonhomme Ave.

Saint Louis, MO 63105


7.6 MOCLE Hours (includes 2 hours of Ethics)

Sponsored by the BAMSL Labor and Employment Section

Program Chair

James E. Mesnier

Program Agenda

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration, Distribution of Materials and Complimentary Coffee/Rolls
8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.


  • James E. Mesnier (Program Chair)
8:40 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

"What's New About Federal and State Workplace Discrimination Regulations and Enforcement."

  • Jack Vasquez (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
  • Elsa Steward (Missouri Commission on Human Rights)
9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

"Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution to Resolve Workplace Disputes."

  • George Fitzsimmons (National Academy of Arbitrators) 
  • Ronald Wiesenthal (St. Louis Mediation Center LLC)
10:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

"Overview of Healthcare Reform in the Workplace and Special Issues in Collectively Bargained Environment."

  • Joshua E. Richardson (McMahon Berger)
  • Daniel M. McLaughlin (Spector Wolfe & McLaughlin)

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch (included)

1:20 p.m. - 2:10 p.m. A Presentation from Chief Justice Mary R. Russell (Missouri Supreme Court)
2:20 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

"Missouri Public Sector Collective Bargaining: Recent Developments and Issues."

  • Brian Hey - Employer (McMahon Berger)
  • Sally E. Barker - Union (Schuchat Cook & Werner)
3:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

"Ethics for Practitioners of Labor and Employment Law"

  • Michael Downey (Armstrong Teasdale)

In-Person Registration
BAMSL Members $165.00


eCLE Webcast Registration
BAMSL Members $20.00 per CLE hour
Non-Members $40.00 per CLE hour


Jack Vasquez is the Deputy District Director for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Saint Louis office). Vasquez practiced extensively as a trial attorney in the area of civil rights and employment discrimination law prior to joining the commission as Senior Trial Attorney. He was appointed Administrative Judge in 1999. He is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on the subject of civil rights and employment discrimination law.


Elsa Steward a mediator for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights where she mediates complaints involving allegations of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.  Steward graduated from Stanford University with distinction, received a master’s degree from Stanford, and her law degree from St. Louis University.  Since graduation from law school, she has worked in the areas of probate/trusts/estates, environmental law/regulation, securities broker/dealer compliance and investment loss recovery, in addition to writing several published articles and speaking to many groups on subjects related to these topics.


George Fitzsimmons is a self-employed as an Arbitrator, Special Master and Mediator since 1999. Prior to that time he worked more than twenty years in the defense of civil litigation matters before working eleven years on complex plaintiff’s civil litigation. He was recently honored by being inducted into the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Academy of Court Appointed Masters.


Ron Wiesenthal is the owner of the St. Louis Mediation Center. He practiced law for over thirty years, both as a partner in small and medium sized law firms and as a solo practitioner, before forming the St. Louis Mediation Center. Ron Wiesenthal is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Texas and several federal district courts as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has been named a Super Lawyer in Alternate Dispute Resolution.


Joshua E. Richardson practices principally in the area of employee benefits, with particular emphasis upon benefit plan administration and design. Josh’s practice areas include the pension and tax laws governing qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation arrangements and welfare benefit plans. Josh assists clients in the creation, operation and correction of qualified retirement plans, welfare benefit plans and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements. He has represented plan sponsors and trustees before both the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor on issues ranging from plan qualification to fiduciary obligations


Daniel M. McLaughlin, a partner since 2007, and former member of the Plumbers’ and Pipefitters’ Local Union No. 562, graduated from Quincy University in 1994 and went to law school at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, School of Law graduating in 2000. McLaughlin is licensed to practice in the States of Missouri and Illinois and provides general counseling to health & welfare funds, pension funds, other labor-management funds in areas of ERISA, labor organizations and its members in all matters relative to their rights and duties under the NLRA and LMRA and also focuses on the representation of political subdivisions in areas ranging from general consultation in all aspects of Section 321 RSMo. McLaughlin is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits and before all courts in the States of Missouri and Illinois.  


Mary R. Russell is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri. In 1980 she graduated summa cum laude from Northeast Missouri State University and received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Missouri. She served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Missouri before entering private practice in Hannibal. She served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, from 1994 to 2004 and was its chief judge from 1999 to 2000. She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority.


Brian Hey, McMahon Berger, represents the interests of city governments and the interests of management in all areas of labor and employment law.  Mr. Hey has litigated before state, federal, and administrative courts throughout the country and has substantial experience in litigating disputes involving arbitration agreements. Mr. Hey routinely advises municipal clients on a wide range of employment and labor law, including general questions related to municipal law and the Missouri Sunshine Act.  Prior to joining McMahon Berger, Mr. Hey held the title of City Attorney for several Missouri municipalities.


Sally Barker focuses on Labor, Public Sector, Education and Employment Discrimination law. She represented the prevailing unions in Independence National Education Association v. Independence School District, in which the Missouri Supreme Court held that public employees have a state constitutional right to engage in collective bargaining. Sally is a co-author of Federal and State Law Governing Public Employees, 2008, Missouri Bar, (and earlier editions of that publication) and frequently gives speeches on a variety of labor and employment law subjects, including the union's role in responding to sexual harassment complaints. She is active in the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO (former Board member). She was the recipient of the 2001 Daily Record "Woman Lawyer of the Year" award, elected to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been listed in the publications, Kansas/Missouri Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.  Sally received her law degree from St. Louis University (J.D., cum laude) in 1976 where she served as Editor of the Law Journal.


Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and litigation partner at Armstrong Teasdale LLP. His practice focuses on advising lawyers and law firms on legal ethics, risk management, and other liability issues, and representing lawyers and clients in legal malpractice and lawyer discipline cases. Mr. Downey teaches legal ethics to law students at Washington University and St. Louis University and chairs the ABA Law Practice Division. In 2014, he was named a "Most Influential Lawyer” by Missouri Lawyers Media for his legal ethics and bar work. Mr. Downey also authored the book Introduction to Law Firm Practice and writes regular ethics columns for the St. Louis Lawyer, National Law Journal, and ABA’s Litigation magazine. He has presented on legal ethics more than 250 times and testified as an expert witness in Missouri, Kansas, and the District of Columbia.


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