Mr. Lemley has successfully tried cases to verdict in front of juries in both State and Federal Court, and in a variety of other forums. Most recently, Mr. Lemley obtain a complete defense verdict in a 3 week trial in State Court in the City of St. Louis over claims of gender discrimination, retaliation and harassment.
Mr. Lemley also has extensive experience with TROs and preliminary injunction hearings in conjunction with both restrictive covenant and workplace violence cases.
On a daily basis Mr. Lemley represents companies on employee issues, litigation avoidance and implementing policies that are in conformance with the various federal, state and local employment statutes and laws, including FMLA, ADA, Title VII and FLSA.
Mr. Lemley routinely defends companies against employment-related charges and claims before administrative agencies and federal courts, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Missouri Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Labor, Federal Department of Labor, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
Mr. Lemley is recognized as a “go-to” attorney for high stakes employment litigation in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
Mr. Lemley also works with large employers developing national scope policies on drug testing, national scope employee handbooks, and national scope restrictive covenant agreements and separation agreements.
Mr. Lemley has extensive wage & hour class and collective action defense experience. Some examples of results include:
- Obtaining dismissal of a large FLSA collective action utilizing an offer of judgment strategy;
- Obtaining a nuisance value settlement of a large FLSA collective action following decertification briefing; and
- Obtaining numerous low dollar settlements prior to certification briefing through negotiation with individual representative plaintiffs.
Restrictive Covenants, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Trade Secrets and Related Claims:
In addition to ongoing counseling, drafting and reviewing agreements and matters involving restrictive covenants and confidential information for companies and executives, Mr. Lemley has a proven track record in high stakes litigation, including temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in connection with restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements) and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets; retaliation; tortious interference; breach of fiduciary duty; and unfair competition.