Perspectiva General

Chad Reis is a skilled trial lawyer and focuses his practice on employment law, representing clients in employment litigation before juries in state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies. He has a broad range of employment trial experience, including claims involving:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Whistleblowing and retaliation
  • Wage and hour matters

Chad represents numerous national and local employers in the following  industries:

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing

Immediately after law school, Chad clerked for Judge William H. Crandall, Jr. of the Missouri Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias


8th Circuit Jury Instruction Committee

Civil Employment Instructions


Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


Labor and Employment Law Committee

American Bar Association


Labor and Employment Law Section

Illinois State Bar Association


Labor and Employment Committee

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Former Chair

Labor and Employment Law Practice Group

American Law Firm Association



Employment Committee

International Association of Defense Counsel


Business Litigation Committee

International Association of Defense Counsel


Committee on Employment Law

National Retail Federation

Pro Bono Counsel

Easter Seals Midwest


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Named, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Named, Super Lawyer in Employment Law

Missouri and Kansas

Super Lawyers


Recipient, Goldenberg Wall of Honor Award

Life Skills Foundation


News, Analysis & Press

Meaning of ‘Motivating Factor’ May Be Subject to Debate

Missouri Lawyers Weekly

July 10, 2017

Commentary: How St. Louis Employers Should Prepare for Aug. 28

St. Louis Business Journal

June 1, 2017

Daugherty Decision at Death’s Door

Missouri Lawyers Weekly

May 9, 2017

Retaliation Defense Derailed

Stores Magazine

National Retail Federation

September 2006

Libros & Capítulos

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplements, contributing editor, BNA, 1995-2018
  • Employment at Will: A State by State Survey, Missouri Chapter, contributing editor, BNA, 2011-2019
  • Manual of Model Jury Instructions Civil for the Eighth Circuit, contributing editor, West Publications, 2011-2019
  • Fair Labor Standards Act, Employer-Employee Law Deskbook, Chapter 7, The Missouri Bar, 2008
  • Why Cases Settle – Why Cases Don’t Settle, The St. Louis Bar Journal, co-authors: Frankel and Dobson, 2006

Speaking Engagements

Navigating the Choppy Waters of Illinois’ New Wave of Employment Laws

January 14, 2020

Is Your Independent Contractor an Employee?

National Retail Federation, Washington D.C.

November 2019

Considerations in Termination

Missouri State SHRM Conference, Lake of the Ozarks, MO

August 2019

Managing State and Local Labor Laws - Handbook and Policy Challenges and Best Practices

National Retail Federation Employment Law Committee, Sarasota, FL

April 2018

2017 Brings Sweeping Changes to Federal and State of Missouri Labor and Employment Laws

St. Louis, MO

June 8, 2017

How Corporate Counsel and Their Counsel Think

Missouri Bar

June 2017

The Changing Dynamic of the Defense Bar: New Models of Representation and New Challenges

Missouri Bar

June 2016

Bring Your Own Device Policies – Caution that Employers Must Take

St. Louis Area Chapter for SHRM

February 2016

Defending the Discriminator – Ethical and Other Issues Associated With Joint Representation

June 2, 2015

LGBT Bias, Prejudice, and Discrimination: Ethical Issues for Lawyers

June 2, 2015

Conducting Lawful Investigations: An Interactive Program for Internal Investigators

St. Louis, MO

October 23, 2013

The Fair Labor Standards Act

Midwinter Meeting, Fair Labor Standards Act Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association

2004-2008, 2010 and 2011

Ethical Issues in Employment Law

February 2011

Social Media and Privacy

May 2010

The Bermuda Triangle: The Interaction of the FMLA, ADA, and Worker’s Compensation Laws

November 2009

Corporate Downsizing: Creating a Solid Release

May 2009

Privacy in the Workplace

September 2008

Maintaining Harmony in the Workplace through Human Resource Management

August 2008

E-Discovery in Employment Law

May 2008

Strategic Trial Techniques

Successfully Litigating Employment Discrimination

March 2008

Privacy in the Workplace

Employer of the Year

October 2007

Privacy in the Workplace

Employer of the Year

October 2007

Hot Ethical Issues for Corporate Counsel as part of the seminar Corporate Counsel on the Hot Seat

September 2007

Employment Laws Made Simple

August 2007

EPLI: Your Ally in Fighting the Good Fight

Effective Case Management – The Tripartite Relationship

May 2007


  • J.D., St. Louis University, 1982
  • B.A., Boston College, 1979magna cum laude

Admisión de la barra



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois