Perspectiva General

Stephen D. Smith brings more than 30 years of experience in labor relations matters to the firm, including 13 years of service as an attorney and trial specialist with the National Labor Relations Board. His practice focuses on:

  • Representing employers in union avoidance
  • Collective bargaining
  • Unfair labor practice litigation
  • NLRB representation in union election cases
  • NLRB unfair labor practices
  • Non-compete and trade secret injunctions
  • Injunctions for strike violence
  • Federal court injunctions
  • State and public employee labor board hearings

Additionally, Stephen regularly lectures at business seminars sharing his expertise in labor and employment issues.

Stephen works with employers across a wide range of industries, including:

  • Health care
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Construction
  • Oil and gas
  • Manufacturing
  • Chemical processing
  • News media

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias

Member, Advisory Board

Webster University: Community Music School


Town and Country Symphony Orchestra


Christian Legal Society


Labor Law Section

The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


Missouri Bar Association


American Bar Association


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Top 100 Labor Attorneys in America in union avoidance matters

Labor Relations Institute

Named, Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers


Recipient, General Counsel's Certificate of Commendation

National Labor Relations Board

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


News, Analysis & Press

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

St. Louis Business Journal

June 1, 2017

NLRB: Lockout Equals "Reemployed"


November 29, 2011

Speaking Engagements

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

St. Louis, MO

June 8, 2017

The NLRB's New "Quickie Election" Rules – Have the predictions come true?

St. Louis, MO

August 13, 2015

H1N1 Flu: Preparing the Workplace for a Pandemic

St. Louis, MO

October 1, 2009

Reductions in Force: The Puzzle, The Process, The Alternatives

St. Louis, MO

May 19, 2009

Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA): Extreme Takeover – Union Edition – What Will It Mean? What Can You Do?

St. Louis, MO

November 12, 2008


  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., University of Missouri, St. Louis, 1975

Admisión de la barra



  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois