B.A., History and Political Science, with concentration in German, Duke University (1988)

Graduate Studies in Evolution of Democracies, East Asian Revolutions, Islam and German, Duke University.

Grundstufe Curriculum, Goethe Institute, Schwabisch Hall, Germany (1989)

J.D., Order of the Woolsack, St. Louis University School of Law (1992)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Member, State Bars of Missouri, Illinois and Arizona; the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Admitted to practice before several United States District Courts and United States Courts of Appeals.

Fellow, American Bar Foundation (ABF)

General Counsel, Missouri Police Chiefs Association (MPCA)

Chief Legal Advisor for the States of Missouri and Illinois, Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis

Chief Legal Advisor, St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association (SLAPCA)

Adjunct Professor/Instructor, MPCCF Command College

Member, Legal Section, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Nationally Certified Instructor, Jun Fan Gung Fu (JKD) and Filipino Martial Arts, Inosanto Academy (Los Angeles, CA)

Certified Instructor, Tabimina Balintawak (Manila, Philippines)

Certified Instructor, Jun Fan (JKD), FMA, Maphilindo Silat and Integrated Training, Applied Combatives Group, St. Louis Martial Arts Academy (St. Louis, MO)

Director, Combatives and Defensive Tactics, Applied Combatives Group, St. Louis Martial Arts Academy (St. Louis, MO)

J. Christopher Hesse

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Chris Hesse is a Founding Member and Managing Partner of the Firm. He practices in the areas of labor and employment law, employment litigation, and international employment. Chris’ clients include small and large corporations, partnerships, municipalities, police and fire departments, and not-for-profit organizations.

Chris advises his clients on day-to-day employment matters ranging from hiring to discipline, discharge, and compensation. He participates in his clients’ strategic business planning by designing mechanisms for statutory compliance in all areas of employment law such as federal and state wage and hour laws, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and immigration/work authorization. Chris encourages his clients to take proactive and preventative measures as a matter of course and corrective measures when necessary.

Chris also regularly works with clients to resolve employee administrative complaints and litigation. Chris has successfully defended clients in cases (individual as well as class and collective action) based on discrimination, pay issues, safety practices, and child labor laws in over 40 states and before over 100 Local, State and Federal Agencies.

Chris participates in union election campaigns and collective bargaining negotiations. He has been particularly active in negotiating initial collective bargaining agreements between municipalities and their police and/or fire departments.

Chris has a long-standing commitment to law enforcement. He is a Board Member and Chief Legal Advisor (Missouri and Illinois) for the Major Case Squad, Chief Legal Advisor for the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association (SLAPCA) and acts as General Counsel for the Missouri Police Chiefs Association. Chris is also an Instructor and Adjunct Professor at the MPCCF Command College for Law Enforcement and has extensive experience dealing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, United States Citizen and Immigration Services, Homeland Security, United States Attorneys’ offices and various other law enforcement agencies. Chris is also a Tactical Instructor in both armed and unarmed conflict. He has been P.O.S.T. Certified in Missouri for Law Enforcement, Legal and Tactical Instruction. He has also been certified by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services as a Tactical Instructor and Program Director for Paramedics, Firefighters and First Responders.

Chris is a frequent trainer on topics involving discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour laws, employment law compliance for business owners, managers, human resources executives, and municipal risk management on labor and employment law and other related issues. Chris has spoken before multiple Municipal groups including St. Louis Area City Management Association (SLACMA). Chris is also a regular instructor at Enterprise University.

Chris has received the highest possible rating (“AV”) from Martindale-Hubbell.

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