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  • Education
    • J.D., Washburn University School of Law, 1984, with honors; Washburn Law Journal, Board of Editors
    • B.S., University of North Carolina, 1981, Industrial Relations

William S. Robbins, Jr. is an experienced attorney in matters relating to workplace safety and traditional labor matters.

He has represented clients in federal and state OSHA investigations involving workplace fatalities and other worksite incidents. He has assisted clients in preparing and reviewing safety manuals to ensure compliance with the appropriate general industry and construction standards. He has also represented employers in whistleblower cases alleging violations of OSHA, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, and the Federal Railroad Safety Act.

Mr. Robbins has appeared before the National Labor Relations Board and the Kansas Public Employee Relations Board on matters relating to union certification and unfair labor practices. He counsels employers on union avoidance and provides assistance to companies that are involved in union organizing campaigns. He represents clients in all facets of management-union relations, including labor arbitration, strike and consumer boycott management, and labor contract negotiations.

He also provides counsel to employers concerning employment policies and procedures, which includes management training on strategies to reduce the risk of discrimination charges, wage and hour claims and workplace safety citations.

As a trial attorney, Mr. Robbins has served as lead attorney in state and federal courts located throughout the Midwest on matters ranging from employment discrimination, wage and hour disputes, fringe benefit claims and class action employment related litigation. He has argued appeals before the Kansas Court of Appeals, the Missouri Court of Appeals and the United States Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

 

 
  • Represented oil and gas company in OSHA investigation involving multiple fatalities with successful negotiation of settlement agreement with Area Director office.
  • Represented fireworks company in OSHA investigation involving multiple fatalities  and ensuing Notice of Contest where settlement reached through Department of Labor Office of Solicitor.
  • Represented employer in OSHA investigation and subsequent settlement of OSHA citations at informal conference stage for single fatality cases involving electrical component manufacturer, roofing contractor and oil and gas drilling company.
  • Represented clients in connection with Cal-OSHA (agricultural), Nevada OSHA (construction) and Iowa OSHA (industrial hygiene–asbestos) investigations, with successful resolution at informal conference stage.
  • Successfully represented clients in OSHA whistleblower investigations involving claims brought under OSHA, Surface Transportation Assistance Act and Federal Railroad Safety Act, obtaining dismissal at the administrative level.
  • Successfully defended trucking company in OSHA investigation and subsequent appeal to Administrative Law Judge of whistleblower claim brought under Surface Transportation Assistance Act.
  • Lead negotiator for labor contracts involving Teamsters (beverage distributors), Boilermakers (sheet metal fabricator) and Service Employees (medical school) Unions.
  • Obtained summary judgment for construction client in class action seeking payment of back wages under Missouri Prevailing Wage Act.
  • Obtained summary judgment for fraternal organization client in sexual harassment case brought under the Missouri Civil Rights Act.
 
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