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2021 Non-Competes & Separation Agreements

Total Credits: 1.4 Self Study

Practice Area:
Labor / Employment
Audio and Video


Originally presented at our Solo & Small Firm Conference, June 9-11, 2021 

The panel will review the fundamentals and latest developments associated with the enforcement of and defense against non-compete agreements and separation agreements. Speakers will talk through best practices for entering into such agreements as well as litigating the agreements once agreements have already been entered into by clients.
Speakers: Sheena R. Hamilton, Dowd Bennett LLP, St. Louis; Benjamin F. Westhoff, Sedey Harper Westhoff, PC, St. Louis 

Note: This material qualifies for self-study credit only. Pursuant to Regulation 15.04.5, a lawyer may receive up to six hours of self-study credit in a reporting year. Self-study programs do not qualify for GAL Certification, ethics, elimination of bias or Kansas credit.



Sheena Hamilton's Profile

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Sheena R. Hamilton is a partner at Dowd Bennett LLP in St. Louis, Missouri. She concentrates on employment litigation and corporate internal investigations. Primarily, Ms. Hamilton defends employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She tries cases alleging employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as wage and hour disputes, to verdict and through appeals.  

Ms. Hamilton regularly speaks and writes on employment law. She presents to attorneys and human resources professionals on topics such as maintaining a respectful workplace, conducting workplace investigations, creating and implementing privacy policies, and applying rules of evidence and procedure. An author of more than 20 articles in publications such as the Missouri Employment Law Letter, Missouri Business, St. Louis Lawyer and TYL, Ms. Hamilton also has been quoted as an authority on matters involving employment and labor law by The New York Times, Law360, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®), and the ABA Journal.

For her work, she was awarded the Women in Justice Award titled Litigation Practitioner in 2017 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and the John C. Shepherd Professionalism Award in 2019 by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.  

Ms. Hamilton is a member of the board of governors for the American Bar Association, vice chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee for The Missouri Bar, and a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Greater St. Louis.  

Prior to joining Dowd Bennett, she clerked for the then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

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Benjamin F. Westhoff focuses his practice on employment law and personal injury law on behalf of individuals. Ben began his career as an employment lawyer for a large St. Louis corporate law firm, but decided in 2006 that he wanted to represent individuals faced with employment problems and serious personal injuries.
Since then, Ben has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and other unfair employment practices.

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