James M. Paul - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

James M. Paul

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Jim has extensive experience in handling labor and employment law litigation in federal and state courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Justice, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and several state agencies.  He also regularly advises employers on all labor and human resource management issues in an effort to prevent or resolve employee issues before they escalate into legal disputes.Prior to his private practice of law, Jim served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ray Price, Jr. of the Missouri Supreme Court and then as a Missouri Assistant Attorney General.  As Assistant Attorney General, he represented the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the Missouri Division of Labor Standards, and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights by enforcing state wage and hour laws, and discrimination laws.  He also worked in Washington, D.C. on legislative issues for the late Missouri Governor Carnahan and has taught Trial Advocacy at Saint Louis University as an Adjunct Professor.

Washington University in St. LouisJ.D. 1995Saint Louis UniversityBSBA 1992
United Hebrew CongregationAmerican Bar Association Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Bar Association of Central and Southern Federal Districts of IllinoisABA - Section of Labor and Employment Law - FMLA SubcommitteeHuman Resources Management Association of Greater St. Louis

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
Experience — Jim has extensive experience advising employers on all labor and human resource management issues.  Jim has advised and defended international, national, regional and local companies, as well as several cities, counties and related public entities.  Examples of these labor and employment matters include:  discrimination charges; the interaction of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and workers’ compensation laws; the enforcement and drafting of employee arbitration and jury waiver agreements; the enforcement of, and defense against, employee non-competition agreements; and the drafting and analysis of employee handbooks and policies.  Jim has significant experience with training, advising and defending companies and organizations regarding their obligations to disabled customers and patients pursuant to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as with housing and lodging discrimination claims and lawsuits.  Jim has successfully defended and settled numerous discrimination charges and wrongful discharge claims.  When necessary, Jim litigates cases in court and has tried numerous cases in front of juries, judges and arbitrators.
Part 2 — He has significant experience drafting and negotiating employment and non-competition/non-solicitation agreements.  Depending on the client’s perspective, he has successfully enforced (or defeated) these types of agreements in court.  Many employment laws vary from state to state, and Jim has worked with clients who have multi-state (and even 50-state) operations to ensure that their policies and practices are compliant in every jurisdiction.  Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination by companies and organizations who provide services to the public, and Jim regularly advises such clients regarding ADA compliance and defends those entities when claims are brought against them by the Department of Justice and similar state civil rights agencies.Finally, because of his judicial clerkship experience and the direct handling of many appeals since, he is able to effectively assist clients when it is necessary to either defend a ruling on appeal or to obtain a reversal or other relief from an appellate court.

Office Location

7700 Bonhomme Avenue, Suite 650
St. Louis, MO 63105
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the St. Louis Metro Area
James M. Paul has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment