Overview

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.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

8th Circuit Jury Instruction Committee

Civil Employment Instructions

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Committee

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Illinois State Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Committee

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Former Chair

Labor and Employment Law Practice Group

American Law Firm Association

1993-1997

Member

Employment Committee

International Association of Defense Counsel

Member

Business Litigation Committee

International Association of Defense Counsel

Member

Committee on Employment Law

National Retail Federation

Pro Bono Counsel

Life Skills Foundation

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2012-2018

Named, Super Lawyer in Employment Law

Missouri and Kansas

Super Lawyers

2005-2011

Recipient, Goldenberg Wall of Honor Award

Life Skills Foundation

2002

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

News, Analysis & Press

Books & Book Chapters

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplements, contributing editor, BNA, 2003-2008, 2010 and 2011
  • Employment at Will: A State by State Survey, Missouri Chapter, contributing editor, BNA, 2011
  • Manual of Model Jury Instructions Civil for the Eighth Circuit, contributing editor, West Publications, 2011
  • 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

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

Education

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

Bar Admission

Missouri
Illinois
Kansas

Courts

  • 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, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas