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T. Christopher Bailey

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“Within the law, you need to run your business fairly, but there are also practical components. Talking about the potential consequences and costs of legal issues up front helps lead to an efficient, practical resolution.”

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  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Education

J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, summa cum laude, 1999

B.S., University of Missouri-St. Louis, summa cum laude, 1995

Profile

Chris Bailey represents employers of all sizes in employer-employee disputes and advises on litigation avoidance and human relations issues. He has successfully defended employers against discrimination and harassment charges, handling jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and appellate work. 

Chris has handled disputes before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as multiple state agencies. He has extensive experience drafting and litigating non-competition, non-solicit and non-disclosure agreements.

In traditional labor matters, Chris has represented clients in the private and public sectors in matters related to union avoidance campaigns, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice charge handling and grievance arbitrations. He advises clients on union-management relationships and other day-to-day questions as they arise.

For Chris, the nuances of employment and labor law share similarities with his previous career experience as a police officer — both areas involve the investigation of claims that can be highly personal in nature. Before joining the firm, Chris was a police officer for University City, Missouri, for seven years. He also served for three years as prosecutor for the city of Black Jack, Missouri.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended a manufacturing company against a union employee’s claim that he had been terminated without just cause. An arbitrator ruled in favor of the company, which maintained that the employee had been terminated after too many absences, in violation of its attendance points system.
  • Successfully defended a plaintiff’s claims of race discrimination and retaliation. The trial court’s judgment in favor of the employer was affirmed on appeal. (Marian Meredith v. Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, United States Circuit Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Successfully defended a plaintiff’s claims of breach of contract and defamation. The trial court’s judgment in favor of the employer was affirmed on appeal. (Patricia Hensley v. Ursuline Academy, St. Louis County Circuit Court, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District).
  • Successfully obtained injunctive relief to prevent former employees from opening a competing business in violation of non-compete agreements. (Nutriformance, LLC v. Austin Jones, et al., St. Louis County Circuit Court).

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