Polsinelli announced shareholder Bradley G. Kafka, an attorney with more than three decades of labor and employment law experience, has been tapped to lead the growing St. Louis Labor and Employment practice group. The group assists a broad spectrum of employers in a variety of matters such as dispute resolution, crafting policies, handling terminations and defending lawsuits and administrative claims. Polsinelli has 10 labor and employment law attorneys in St. Louis and 30 labor and employment lawyers in Missouri. Polsinelli also has labor and employment lawyers who practice in Chicago, Denver, and Phoenix. W. Terrence Kilroy serves as the national chair of the Labor and Employment practice.
“Brad brings tremendous knowledge of this particular area of law, as well as significant practice leadership experience,” Randy S. Gerber, managing director of the St. Louis office of Polsinelli said. “Our Labor and Employment group has experienced substantial growth this year and the Firm’s reputation in this practice area allows us to serve our clients’ needs for many years to come.”
During his 32-year career, Kafka has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with numerous unions including the United Steel Workers, the Teamsters, the Oil and Chemical workers, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and the International Alliance of Stage Employees. He has also defended publicly traded and privately held companies in disputes over funding deficiencies and withdrawal liability with multi-employer pension plans. He has defended employers in federal and state court cases involving claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and ERISA.
In addition, Kafka has successfully defended employers in cases before numerous administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor. He has also litigated numerous cases involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
“The area of labor and employment law continues to evolve at a rapid pace, in particular as new technologies enter the workplace and their effects are felt,” Kafka said. “I am excited to take a leadership role in this area and be an integral part of our firm’s continued growth in the St. Louis market.”
Kafka is a member of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He is licensed to practice in both New York and Missouri. Kafka received his law degree from Washington University School of Law-St. Louis and his Bachelors of Arts degree from State University of New York-Binghamton. He is a frequent lecturer on labor, employment and ERISA topics before business groups and trade associations.