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Amy L. Blaisdell

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“Something my clients find valuable is that I act as a business partner with them, bringing a mix of solving legal and business issues while helping them operate within their industry’s regulatory framework.”

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Education

J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2001

B.A., Murray State University, 1998, Valedictorian/Outstanding Senior Woman

Profile

Amy Blaisdell has represented employers nationwide in the defense of employment and employee benefits litigation, including in the United States Supreme Court.

Amy focuses her practice on highly regulated industries including health care, the securities industry and banking. Understanding the specific regulatory framework in which these businesses operate enables her to give comprehensive guidance to her clients.

In her securities practice, Amy has defended nationwide class action filed against brokerage firms involving wage and hour matters. She also regularly defends brokerage firms in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, including claims alleging wrongful termination of brokers and Form U5 defamation.

As part of her health care practice, she has defended hundreds of ERISA lawsuits, including class actions.

Another focus of Amy’s practice is absence and leave management, an area of increasing importance for employers. She is a frequent presenter on employment and employee benefits topics. Amy also provides practical day-to-day human resources and employee benefits advice and drafts handbooks and various employment agreements. She trains employers on topics including discrimination and harassment, management of employee absence and compliance with the ADA, FMLA, FLSA and other laws.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2016-2018
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2010-2011
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, "Up & Coming," 2009

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented Advocate Health Care Network before the U.S. Supreme Court in Advocate Health Care Network et al. v. Stapleton et al., a high-profile case involving the interpretation of ERISA’s “church plan” definition. The case resulted in a unanimous June 5, 2017, decision in favor of Advocate and two other religiously affiliated hospitals.
  • Defending a religious health care network and employees in a putative class action lawsuit challenging the pension plan's status as a church plan exempt from ERISA.
  • Defended a health care network in two putative class action lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri alleging failure to pay for overtime under federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Missouri law. The cases were resolved on favorable terms for client through settlement.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of an long-term disability plans in multiple lawsuits alleging wrongful denial of benefits under ERISA.
  • Defended a country club and individual club members against ERISA claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty, and interference with protected rights, and multiple state law claims. Obtained summary judgment in all seven counts based on the ultimate finding that a deferred compensation plan and an employment agreement plan were “top-hat” plans and, thus, not subject to ERISA.

News & Insights

Publications

Articles & Books

Newsletters

  • Greensfelder Employment & Labor Newsletter, Fall 2009
  • "The Family and Medical Leave Act Final Regulations: What Employers Need to Know"
    Greensfelder Employment & Labor Newsletter, January 2009

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