- 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
J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law, summa cum laude, 1999
B.S., University of Missouri-St. Louis, summa cum laude, 1995
Chris Bailey represents employers of all sizes in employer-employee disputes and advises on litigation avoidance and human resources 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.
- The Missouri Bar
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Honors & Awards
Honors & Awards
- Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star, 2018
- 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).
News & Insights
- August 15, 2019
- October 15, 2018
- Society for Human Resource Management, January 22, 2018
- October 2016
- St. Louis Post Dispatch, KPLR-11 & Fox 2, December 19, 2011
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- "Disruptive Physicians: Navigating the Employment and Medical Staff Issues"Missouri Hospital Association Center for Education, February 2014
- October 16, 2013
- Employment & Labor Seminar - Developments & Trends in Employment and Labor Law, Common Employer Mistakes and How to Avoid ThemSeptember 16, 2010
- Westlaw Journal Employment, July 30, 2019
- Illinois Business Journal, February 2016
- Southern Business Journal, August 7, 2012
- Winter 2013
- "Missouri Supreme Court Provides Guidance as to Non-Compete Agreements”Greensfelder Employment & Labor Newsletter, Summer 2012
- "Federal Court of Appeals Delays NLRB ‘Employee Rights’ Posting Requirement”Greensfelder Employment & Labor Newsletter, Spring 2012
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , August 7, 2019
- Supreme Court holds ‘raise it or waive it’ when an employee fails to exhaust administrative remediesSimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , June 6, 2019
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , June 7, 2018
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , April 11, 2016
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , February 1, 2016
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , September 23, 2015
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , August 31, 2015
- U.S. Supreme Court Creates New Standard For Evaluating Pregnancy-Related Accommodations; Finds EEOC’s Pregnancy Guidance is Not Entitled to DeferenceSimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , March 26, 2015
- Franchising & Distribution Law Blog, July 30, 2014
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , May 20, 2014
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , April 10, 2014
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , March 13, 2014
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , September 4, 2013
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , May 22, 2013
- SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog , March 15, 2013