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Jill K. Luft

Officer

“Employment law is always changing, and as a result, we have to change by staying on top of the law and keeping our clients apprised of the latest developments. It’s important to consider not only legal solutions but also business solutions and sometimes think outside the box.”

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Education

J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, 1992

B.G.S., University of Kansas, 1989

Profile

Whether it’s defending against discrimination claims, creating employee leave policies or counseling on day-to-day issues, Jill Luft focuses on guiding employers through all aspects of employment law.

Jill defends employers and management in employment discrimination lawsuits and demands for arbitration, as well as employee benefits and ERISA claims. She also defends charges of discrimination brought before federal, state and local administrative agencies. Among her litigation successes is her defense of an employer in a WARN Act class action lawsuit, defeating the class certification.

In her role advising clients, she handles issues concerning employee discipline and termination and compliance with employment laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and wage and hour laws. When there are employee complaints of harassment or discrimination, Jill counsels employers on conducting internal investigations. Similarly, she advises institutions of higher education on internal investigations of student complaints and defends claims filed by students with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

She gives practical answers to day-to-day human resources questions and assists with employee handbooks, personnel policies, employment agreements, separation agreements and restrictive covenants. She frequently addresses issues related to leave and disability management.

Jill also handles matters related to the firm’s role as panel counsel for insurance carriers on employment practices liability, directors and officers liability, fiduciary liability and other matters.

As a leader at the firm, Jill understands the issues managers face in running a business. She was a member of the Board of Directors from 2006 to 2015 and served on its executive committee. In addition, she is a former leader of the Employment & Labor practice group.

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Committee

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2015-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent; Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law, Labor Law, 2010-2017; St. Louis area Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2005, 2010-2011, 2013-2015

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Served as co-counsel in the representation of an employer and supervisors in a lawsuit filed by two former employees alleging gender and age discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act. After a three-day jury trial in October 2014, the jury returned unanimous verdicts in favor of the defendants.
  • As lead defense counsel for a grocery store operator, defeated a plaintiff’s motion for class certification in WARN Act class action litigation.
  • Defended a foundry and manufacturing company in a workers’ compensation retaliation claim. The court found there had been no retaliatory discharge and granted a motion for summary judgment.
  • Defended a trucking company against discrimination claims from a former employee, with the court granting summary judgment in favor of the company. Bain v. Copp Trucking Co., Inc. 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48 (E.D.Mo. 2006).
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a hospital in an employment discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Elam v. Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 170 Fed. Appx. 438, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 5878 (8th Cir. 2006).
  • Successfully defended an operator of several retail locations against claims of age and race discrimination from a terminated employee. The court dismissed claims against the company and several individual employees named as defendants. Davis v. Paradies Concessions II Arch, Inc., et al., 2006 U.S. Dist LEXIS 50690 (E.D.Mo. 2006).

News & Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • “Tips for Curbing Employee Abuse of Intermittent FMLA Leave”
    2015 HRMA Legal Roundtable, February 2015
  • "I'm Getting Written Up for Attendance? I think I need FMLA leave!"
    Client Seminar, January 2014
  • "Tips for Immunizing the Workplace for Employment Maladies"
    Client Seminar, December 2013
  • "An Ounce of Prevention: Immunizing the Workplace from Common Employer Mistakes"
    Client Seminar, June 2012
  • "The Family and Medical Leave Act"
    Client Seminar, October 2010
  • "Sexual Harassment: A California Perspective"
    Client Seminar, August 2009
  • "Sexual Harassment: A Supervisor's Perspective"
    Client Seminar, February 2009
  • "The Do's & Don'ts of Hiring & Firing"
    Client Seminar, April 2007
  • "California Sexual Harassment Training"
    Client Seminar, November 2006
  • "Common Mistakes Made by Employers that Lead to Litigation and Tips on How to Avoid Making Them"
    Client Seminar, February 2006
  • "Sexual Harassment: A California Perspective"
    Client Seminar, January 2006
  • "Overtime Considerations"
    Client Seminar, January 2006

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