Bargaining, negotiating, and litigating have become second nature to Bradley Kafka. For more than 33 years, Brad has concentrated his practice in labor and employment law. Leading the firm’s St. Louis Labor and Employment practice, he represents management in every aspect of labor and employment law, including:
- Federal and state court litigation
- ERISA litigation including claims by multi-employer pension and welfare plans
- Collective bargaining negotiations
- Defense of union organizing campaigns
- Defense of discrimination claims
- Non-competition and non-solicitation disputes
- Drafting restrictive covenants including non-competition, non-solicitation, and nondisclosure agreements
- Drafting employee handbooks and employment policies
Brad successfully negotiated a collective bargaining agreement with the United Steel Workers, the Teamsters, and the Oil and Chemical workers, for separate manufacturing employers in which employees were required, for the first time, to make substantial contributions toward health care premiums. He has also defended publicly traded 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 VIII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act. He has frequently advised employers about, and litigated cases involving, noncompetition, nondisclosure, and confidentiality agreements.
Brad is a frequent lecturer on labor, employment, and multi-employer pension plan topics before business groups and trade associations.