Andy Martone Listed Again in Best Lawyers

Andy Martone, President and CEO of HesseMartone, has again been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in:

Employment Law (Management); 
Labor Law (Management); and 
Litigation-Labor and Employment.

The Best Lawyers in America has been published since 1983 and utilizes a peer review process to select honorees. Andy has practiced labor and employment law for 30 years, and he will appear in the 2020 Edition.

Drinks on us!

Please join the Hesse Martone team in supporting Missouri’s construction industry leaders at the AGC Missouri Construction Awards Gala. We are (of course) a bar sponsor for this event. Save the date!

Saturday, November 4th at 6:00 pm
River City Casino 

Three different awards are given to recognize solutions to unique obstacles (Keystone Award), industry leaders of specific disciplines (Specialty Contractor), and innovative projects with a lasting societal impact (Keystone Heritage).

Past Recipients of the Heritage Award include:

2018      The Fabulous Fox Theatre

2017      Al Fleischer & Dick Mantia

2016      Bagnell Dam

2015      Missouri Botanical Gardens

2014      Forest Park

2013      Initial Mile of the Interstate Highway System

2012      Basilica of St. Louis

There’s an open bar, so get your tickets!

Visit AGC’s website and click “Make Your Reservation”.

President and CEO of HesseMartone, Andy Martone, named one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators for 2019

Fewer than one-half percent of active attorneys in the US receive this honor.

To be considered, an attorney must have litigated a matter with the fate of a business worth a minimum of $2,000,000 at stake. Candidates are further screened based on professional experience, litigation experience, significant business litigation case results, peer reputation, and community impact. 

Andy and the HesseMartone team are proud and grateful to be recognized for their efforts.

Congratulations to Allison Ray of Hesse Martone!

Allison Ray, a paralegal at our firm, will be joining the staff of the Office of General Counsel at the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office in October 2019.

Allison joined Hesse Martone in 2015 and has been an invaluable addition to our firm’s office in Springfield, IL. With her assistance and determination, the Springfield office has grown, and our clients have been enriched by her hard work. We greatly appreciate Allison’s time with Hesse Martone, and we congratulate Allison on her new position. We wish her the very best at the Illinois Secretary of State!


HesseMartone has a long history of charitable contribution, and we are proud to support our employees who strive both inside and outside the Firm to make a difference in our communities.

Marney Cullen, litigation paralegal, has been elected to the national Board of Directors for The RESCU Foundation, Inc.  The RESCU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes and helps maintain the physical and mental health and well-being of the artists, entertainers and service personnel who participate in the 300+ renaissance festivals and historical re-enactment events nationwide. RESCU provides vision and health screenings, wellness and first aid/safety workshops, and financial assistance for medical and dental care, prescriptions and short-term housing. RESCU also coordinates a network of medical, dental and mental health personnel to provide low-cost or pro bono services for festival participants, and follows all HIPAA guidelines for client privacy, acting quickly to provide needed care with compassion and understanding.

Joining HesseMartone in 2015, Marney has spent several decades as an artist and entertainer at renaissance faires and celtic festivals across the United States.  She has been a familiar face to visitors at The St. Louis Renaissance Festival since in 2008, where she has also spent time volunteering and providing coordination for RESCU’s fund-raising events.  As a member of RESCU’s national board, Marney’s primary responsibilities will be working with the Programs Committee to develop a cohesive program of well-woman and mother/baby services and to establish a network of screening programs and accessible resources for participants’ children coping with learning disabilities.  She will also be working with the Fundraising Committee providing oversight of fund-raising efforts nationwide. For more information about The RESCU Foundation, Inc., please visit


On March 7, 2019, U.S. Department of Labor issued its much-anticipated proposed overtime rule raising the salary-level threshold for exempt employees from the current $23,660 to $35,308.  If the Rule becomes effective, employees currently classified as “exempt” but making less than $35,308 will be reclassified as nonexempt and therefore eligible for overtime pay. 

In evaluating how this Rule will impact its workplace, Employers can take solace in the fact that the Rule makes no change to the traditional “duties” tests, which would have potentially required a much more complex evaluation of all exempt positions.  Under the Rule as proposed, Employers can focus their assessment on whether it makes sense to raise the salary above the threshold for any given position or to change the status of a position to nonexempt and accept that overtime pay will be required.


On February 19, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed amendments to the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (IMWL) into law, increasing the state minimum wage in stages from the current $8.25 to $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2025.

While this action was anticipated, Employers should not overlook other important changes to the IMWL. Damages recoverable by employees for violations of the IMWL have been sharply increased and there are substantial fines and penalties that can be assessed by the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL).

The amendments also authorize the IDOL to conduct random audits of employers.


HesseMartone welcomes experienced attorney Mary Osborn as head of the Firm’s new Illinois office (Rockford/Chicago) and Special Counsel to the Firm.  Mary’s primary practice areas are labor and employment law, representing management and public sector employers.  Mary is an SHRM-CP and has taught Human Resource Management at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois.  Mary has 27 years of experience as in-house counsel and in private practice.

Prior to joining Hesse Martone, Mary was Assistant General Counsel for a multi-national construction materials company.  In this role, she was lead counsel for labor relations issues and primary counsel relating to review and negotiation of commercial contracts.  Mary was also in private practice as one of the founding partners of an Illinois management side labor law firm.  Mary is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Mary received her undergraduate degree from Rockford University f/k/a Rockford College and her Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University School of Law


On March 6, 2019, HesseMartone CEO Andy Martone will present a program and lead a discussion on preparing for and managing a benefit fund audit at the Southern Illinois Builders Association (“SIBA”) and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (“SICAP”) Lunch and Learn. 

The purpose of this program is to assist employers in preparing for, dealing with and surviving multi-employer benefit fund audits.

A copy of the flyer can be found here:


In a January 25, 2019 decision in SuperShuttle DFW, Inc, the National Labor Relations Board returned to its long-standing independent-contractor standard, reaffirming the Board’s adherence to the traditional common-law test.  In doing so, the Board clarified the significant role entrepreneurial opportunity plays in its determination of independent-contractor status, as the D.C. Circuit has recognized.  The decision overrules FedEx Home Delivery, a 2014 NLRB decision that modified the applicable test for determining independent-contractor status by severely limiting the significance of a worker’s entrepreneurial opportunity for economic gain.