Rodney A. Harrison - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Rodney A. Harrison

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 314-802-3935

For the past 19 years, Mr. Harrison has devoted his practice exclusively to the representation of companies in the area of labor and employment law.              

Mr. Harrison’s practice includes counseling and advising clients on employment-related matters such as work related investigations, leave and attendance issues, and disciplinary and termination decisions. He has litigated labor and employment-related matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including individual and class action claims under Title VII, the ADA, ERISA, the ADEA, the FMLA, collective action claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and represented employers in labor and employment arbitrations and administrative proceedings.   Mr. Harrison regularly counsels clients on employment-related matters, particularly those involving FMLA/ADA workplace issues.  Mr. Harrison has extensive experience advising clients in wage and hour audits with the Department of Labor, as well as handling class and collective action claims in state and federal courts. 

Mr. Harrison’s practice also includes matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act.  Mr. Harrison has assisted both governmental and non-governmental clients with their labor related issues, including labor arbitrations, contract negotiations, and union organizing.  He has represented clients in several industries, including the construction, steel, telecommunications, utility, chemical, pharmaceutical, health care, distribution, and transportation industries.  He regularly arbitrates cases for clients in these industries, and has worked with clients in resolving issues with various unions, including the Steelworkers, Teamsters, Laborers, Operating Engineers, and Chemical Workers.                          

In addition, Mr. Harrison has particular expertise in matters arising under the Railway Labor Act, including major/minor disputes, arbitration reviews, strike threats, union representation issues, federal and state law RLA preemption matters, and collective bargaining disputes.  He has handled matters in federal courts, as well as before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and National Mediation Board (NMB). 

Finally, Mr. Harrison represents clients in non-compete and trade secret litigation in federal and state courts , including claims for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, computer fraud and abuse, and violation of the Stored Electronic Communications Act.  He has helped clients enforce restrictive covenants and helped clients navigate the hiring of employees subject to restrictive covenants.  He has served as an adjunct professor at St. Louis University School of Law, where he taught a class on non-compete and trade secret litigation.  on non-compete and trade secret litigation. 

Tufts UniversityBA 1990Washington University in St. LouisJ.D. 1993
Defense Research InstituteHuman Resource Management AssociationSociety for Human Resources ManagementSt. Louis University School of LawBar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisAmerican Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
Experience
  • Union Pacific R.R. Co. v. Surface Transp. Bd., 358 F.3d 31 (D.C. Cir. 2004)
  • Turner v. Southwestern Bell Telephone L.P., 2006 WL 903373 (E.D. Mo. 2006)
  • Union Pacific R. Co. v. United Transp. Union, 2006 WL 618144 (D. Kan. 2006)
  • Union Pacific R. Co. v. United Transp. Union, 2006 WL 2460644 (D. Kan,. 2006)
  • United Transp. Union v. Alton & Southern Ry. Co., et. al., 2006 WL 664181 (S.D. Ill. 2006)
  • United Seating & Mobility, LLC. v. Homen, 2006 WL 473739 (E.D. Mo. 2006)
  • Brotherhood of Ry. Carmen v. Kansas City Southern Ry. Co., 2005 WL 2600435 (W.D. Mo. 2005)
  • Wilkes v. Washington University School of Medicine, 2007 WL 1040929 (E.D. Mo. 2007)
  • Turner v. Healthcare Services Group, 156 S.W. 3d 431 (Mo. App. 2005)
  • Union Pacific R. Co. v. United Transp. Union, 2005 WL 3797329 (E.D. Mo. 2005)
  • Taylor v. American Airlines, 943 F. Supp. 1164 (W.D. Mo. 1996)
  • Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees v. Union Pacific R. Co., 460 F.3d 1277 (10th Cir. 2006)
  • Kansas City Southern Ry. Co. v. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, 419 F. Supp. 1038 (C.D. Ill. 2006)
  • Jones v. Union Pacific Motor Freight, 1999 WL 34803757 (W.D. Mo. 1999)
  • Union Pacific Corporation, Union Pacific Company & Missouri Pacific Railroad Company – Control and Merger – Southern Pacific Rail Corporation, Southern Pacific Transportation Company, STB Finance Docket No. 32760 (Sub-No. 42) (Aug. 14, 2006) (arbitration review)
  • Union Pacific Corporation, Union Pacific Company & Missouri Pacific Railroad Company – Control and Merger – Southern Pacific Rail Corporation, Southern Pacific Transportation Company, STB Finance Docket No. 32760 (Sub-No. 42) (Feb. 27, 2006) (arbitration review)
Part 2
  • Insituform Technologies v. Reynolds, Inc., 2007 WL 1198889 (E.D. Mo. 2007)
  • Hedrick v. Ameristar Casino St. Charles, 2009 WL 3300035 (E.D. Mo. 2009)
  • Lasco v. Hall & Shaw Sales, Marketing & Consulting, 600 F. Supp.2d 1045 (E.D. Mo. 2009)
  • Lasco v. Hall & Shaw Sales, Marketing & Consulting, 2009 WL 3523986 (E.D. Mo. 2009)
  • Lasco v. Hall & Shaw Sales, Marketing & Consulting, 2009 WL 3834099 (E.D. Mo. 2009)
  • DiStefano v. Kinder Morgan, 2011 WL 245573 (S.D. Ill. 2011)
  • Borders v. Trinity Marine, 2010 WL 5139343 (E.D. Mo. 2010)
  • Borders v. Trinity Marine, 2011 WL 1045560 (E.D. Mo. 2010)
  • Newlin v. GoJet Airlines, LLC, 2011 WL 743081 (E.D. Mo. 2011)
  • Newlin v. GoJet Airlines, LLC 2011 WL 6415544 (E.D. Mo. 2011)
  • Jackson v. Mills Properties,  2011 WL 3607920 (E.D. Mo. 2011)
  • Tenge v. Washington Group, 2011 WL 1630823 (E.D. Mo. 2011)
  • Richardson v. Watco, 2011 WL 15000504 (W.D. Okla. 2011)
  • Walker v. Trinity Industries, 2012 WL 1858935 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Martin v. Trinity Industries, 2012 WL 1620164 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
Part 3
  • Cool-Pak v. Larsen, 2012 WL 1933706 (D. Minn. 2012)
  • Kress v. Dutchtown South Community Corp., 2012 WL 2374710 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Fouche v. Missouri American Water, 2012 WL 2718925 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Randazzo v. Par Pharmaceutical, 2012 WL 5051023 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Marshall v. Amsted Rail, 2012 WL 5380329 (S.D. Ill. 2012)
  • TLC Vision v. Freeman, 2012 WL 5398671 (E.D. Mo. 2012)
  • Marshall v. Amsted Rail, 2012 WL 5499431 (S.D. Ill. 2012)
  • Fouche v. Missouri American Water, 2013 WL 121542 (E.D. Mo. 2013)
  • TLC Vision v. Freeman, 2013 WL 230254 (E.D. Mo. 2013)
  • Busse v. Daiichi Sankyo, 2013 WL 791822 (E.D. Mo. 2013)

Office Location

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


Practice Areas

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male