R. Lance Witcher - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

R. Lance Witcher

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 314-802-3935

Mr. Witcher has practiced in the areas of labor and employment law since 1996.  Lance concentrates his practice primarily in litigation of employment-related disputes, human resources counseling and matters before the Occupational and Mine Safety Health Review Commissions.  He has represented employers in a wide range of litigation matters in both state and federal court, and before arbitrators, administrative law judges and other tribunals in disputes involving alleged discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, disability, and national as well as sexual and racial harassment, retaliation (including workers’ compensation and whistleblower retaliation), claims under the FLSA, FMLA and USERRA, employment contract disputes (e.g., noncompetition agreements) and other employment related claims. Mr. Witcher has argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Missouri Court of Appeals, and has obtained favorable results for numerous employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, other state and local Fair Employment Practice agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleBS 1993Washington University in St. LouisJ.D. 1996
Washington University Law ReviewLutheran Church of Webster Gardens Webster Child Care CenterAmerican Bar Association Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis The Illinois State Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Directed verdict affirmed by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for employer under FMLA where employee was terminated shortly after returning from FMLA leave
  • Summary judgment affirmed by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for employer under USERRA where employee was terminated shortly after returning from military reserve duty
  • Defended a national telecommunications provider in a nationwide collective action in Federal court for alleged off-the-clock work by thousands of employees
  • Obtained dismissal of noncompete action in federal court on basis prior employer failed to assign agreement to buyer
  • Successfully defeated preliminary injunction sought against employee who solicited customers of former employer while still employed in violation of his non-competition agreement and then obtained favorable settlement
Part 2
  • Obtained dismissal of race, age and retaliatory discharge suit on basis of Plaintiff’s failure to disclose her bankruptcy in her in forma pauperis motion
  • Obtained defense verdict before Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for national construction company in near fatality
  • Obtained defense verdict before Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for electric company in electrocution
  • Obtained summary judgment in sexual harassment case, which was affirmed on appeal, where there were allegations of sexual advances and inappropriate touching
  • Obtained defense verdict in race discrimination case in Federal court for Fortune 5 company

Office Location

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

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management