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2021 Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium

Total Credits: 4.4 MCLE, 1.2 Ethics, 1.2 Elimination of Bias, 4.0 Kansas Credit, 1.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Elimination of Bias |  Ethics |  Labor / Employment
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8:30 AM | Opening Remarks
Speaker: Jonathan C. Berns,
Dobson, Berns & Rich LLP

8:33 – 9:28 AM | Dynamic Docket
Speakers: Kyle B. Russell,
Jackson Lewis, PC, Overland Park, KS and Julianne O. Germinder, TGH Litigation LLC, Columbia

9:28 – 10:17 AM | Non-compete Provisions, Duty of Loyalty, Fiduciary Duty for Employees
Speakers: Jonathan C. Berns,
Dobson, Berns & Rich LLP, St. Louis; Krissa P. Lubben, Thompson Coburn LLP; and Charles M. Poplstein, Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis

10:17 – 10:27 AM | Break 

10:27 – 11:18 AM | Missouri Medical Marijuana: Workplace Considerations
Speaker: Larry Lambert, MEM, Columbia

11:18 AM – 12:19 PM | Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession and Beyond
Speakers: Fred Falker,
Falker Consulting Group and Christopher A. Pickett, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC, St. Louis 
Moderator: Vincent D. Reese,
Mickes O'Toole, LLC, St. Louis

12:19 PM | Adjourn



Jonathan Berns's Profile

Jonathan Berns Related seminars and products

Dobson, Berns & Rich LLP

Jonathan Berns is an AV-rated attorney and partner with Dobson, Berns & Rich, LLP. Throughout his career, Mr. Berns has dedicated his practice to the representation of individuals in employment, sexual harassment, and civil rights litigation. 

He has litigated well over 100 employment cases in the federal and state courts, has successfully obtained multiple verdicts and has prevailed before state and federal courts of appeals on multiple occasions. Mr. Berns also frequently provides counsel to individuals in a non-litigation settings, including the negotiation of employment contracts, separation agreements, and non-compete agreements. 

He is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, and multiple federal courts. He is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and Missouri Bar Association.

Fred Falker's Profile

Fred Falker Related seminars and products

Falker Consulting Group

Fred Falker is the President of Falker Consulting Group, Inc., a consulting and human resource development training firm and former Director of Workforce Development for the Saint Louis Zoo. He has worked as an organizational development consultant for more than 30 years, helping organizations with performance management, customer service, and inclusion & diversity consulting and training. At the Saint Louis Zoo, his work focused on helping the organization establish itself as one of the best places to work, serve and volunteer in the country.

Over the past twenty-five years, Fred has developed and introduced a fundamentally new and better approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This approach goes beyond today’s anti-racism and unconscious/implicit bias training. Instead of focusing on the differences between people, Fred focuses on the distance between them and the behaviors that drive connection, inclusion, and belonging.

Fred has partnered with Chapman & Co. Leadership Institute to develop a program called Include to bring distance paradigm thinking and behavioral change into organizations. Fred is also currently working on a book detailing this transformative way of thinking about inclusion and diversity titled, Seeing the Box: Connecting with People.

Julianne Germinder's Profile

Julianne Germinder Related seminars and products

TGH Litigation LLC

Julianne Germinder is one of the three founders and principals at TGH Litigation LLC in Columbia. TGH Litigation was formed in January 2017 and primarily represents individuals in civil rights and discrimination matters. In addition, the firm represents employees and students in administrative actions and does other civil litigation. Prior to founding TGH Litigation, Germinder was the employment team leader in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Litigation Division where she worked for approximately seven years. Germinder has other private practice experience at both large and small law firms in Missouri. Germinder is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and a graduate of the University of Missouri. 

Krissa Lubben's Profile

Krissa Lubben Related seminars and products

Thompson Coburn LLP

Krissa Lubben is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLC with 25+ years of experience representing employers and has significant experience in covenant to compete disputes. She has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 2012 and was given the Lexology Client Choice Award for Missouri/Employment in 2014.

Christopher Pickett's Profile

Christopher Pickett Related seminars and products

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

Christopher Pickett’s areas of focus include employment disputes, unfair competition and securities litigation. He helps clients from an array of industries with disputes related to restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, as well as discrimination claims and claims of breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition. In his higher education work, Chris represents colleges and universities in all facets of litigation, including employment and labor matters, personal injury litigation, contract litigation as well regularly advising on, and conducting investigations that relate to both student and employee conduct.   

Chris is a member of the firm’s board of directors and also serves as chief diversity officer, leading efforts to foster an equitable and inclusive workplace. Since joining Greensfelder in 2012, he has helped oversee the firm’s diversity initiatives, and in 2013, he was named as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity fellow, participating in a national leadership program for high-performing attorneys from diverse backgrounds. Chris is a frequent presenter to businesses, bar groups and other organizations on topics related to equity and inclusion, including dismantling assimilation and increasing diversity in the legal profession. As leader of the firm’s Equity, Retention and Advancement Committee, his focus areas include growing, retaining and advancing a diverse group of employees, with a particular focus on groups that have been historically underrepresented in law firms. 


Charles Poplstein's Profile

Charles Poplstein Related seminars and products

Thompson Coburn LLP

Chuck Poplstein is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor to private and public sector employers across a wide spectrum of industries. 

As the co-chair of Thompson Coburn's Human Resource practice, he draws on his 35-plus years of experience to help clients solve personnel problems, conduct investigations, manage exposure to liability, effectively defend their interests in litigation, and receive an early and realistic assessment of their risk. 

Chuck has extensive experience counseling clients through all phases of non-compete and trade secret litigation across the country, from Massachusetts, Illinois, and Missouri to Texas and California. He has pioneered creative approaches to these matters, including replevin and long-arm statutes, that help companies protect their proprietary information. 

Chuck represents employers in high-stakes collective and class action litigation involving claims related to wage and hour, wage payment, background checks, and independent contractors. He has successfully defended or settled such matters in Missouri, Illinois, California, and Washington, D.C. 

Employers frequently look to Chuck for targeted advice on major executive employment disputes. He has designed, negotiated, and litigated executive employment agreements and helped employers win favorable resolutions in arbitrations and before state and federal courts. He also advises and arbitrates ERISA and multi-employer withdrawal liability issues. His experience extends to litigating SOX whistleblower claims and conducting SOX and harassment investigations. In his decades-long experience in traditional labor and collective bargaining, Chuck has successfully negotiated contracts in the areas of health care, social services, and public sector services. 

Among other national honors, Chuck is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been twice named to Human Resource Executive magazine's list of the country's "Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" (2013-2014).

Vincent Reese's Profile

Vincent Reese Related seminars and products

Mickes O'Toole, LLC

Vincent D. Reese focuses his practice on labor, employment, and education law, in addition to commercial litigation. Vince has successfully litigated employment discrimination claims based on race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin, and pregnancy in Missouri and Illinois State Courts as well as many federal district courts around the country. 

Vince has extensive experience in representing his clients’ interests with respect to investigations conducted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the U.S. Department of Labor; the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights; the Missouri Commission on Human Rights; and numerous other government agencies. 

In addition to representing his clients in employment litigation matters and administrative proceedings, Vince frequently advises clients on covenants not-to-compete and unfair competition matters. He regularly conducts seminars and in-house training programs for human resources, supervisory, and managerial personnel. In his labor law practice, Vince advises and counsels clients on all aspects of labor-management relations, and he litigates representational and unfair labor practice matters under the National Labor Relations Act. He has also successfully guided numerous clients through NLRB representation proceedings and has also represented and advised public employers on matters before the Missouri State Board of Mediation.  

Vince is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bars.  He is a frequent speaker for the EEOC’s Technical Assistance Program and has authored or co-authored numerous articles on employment-related matters. Vince is also a vice-chair of the Missouri Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Committee and a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, where he has served as a contributing editor of its Developing Labor Law treatise. Additionally, Vince is an adjunct law professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis where he teaches pre-trial fundamentals.  

Prior to commencing his legal career, Vince worked as a mortgage broker and as a credit and collections manager. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1991 to 2003. He is active within the St. Louis nonprofit community, where he serves on the boards of several charitable organizations.

Kyle Russell's Profile

Kyle Russell Related seminars and products

Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Kyle B. Russell is the Office Managing Principal of the Overland Park, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers in administrative charges and lawsuits involving a wide variety of statutory and common law discrimination and retaliation cases.

Mr. Russell has also defended wage and hour collective and class actions involving alleged misclassification, off-the-clock work, failure to pay the proper overtime rate, and failure to pay wages when due. He also has extensive experience prosecuting violations of covenants not to compete by former employees. In addition to employment litigation, Mr. Russell has commercial litigation experience defending multi-district and state-law consumer class actions and governmental investigations.

Mr. Russell has experience training managers on a wide variety of employment law issues, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, workplace violence, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family & Medical Leave Act. He has also advised employers with respect to the implementation of nationwide arbitration agreement programs.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Russell practiced at a midwest law firm and previously spent eight years as in-house counsel for litigation, records management and legal systems for a Fortune 500 diversified financial services company, where he was responsible for developing and implementing records management, litigation hold and consumer arbitration programs.

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