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  • Greg Kloeppel-The Kloeppel Law Firm
    Updated On: Feb 25, 2021

    Police Officer Labor and Employment Law Practice:

        Greg Kloeppel has represented FOP Lodge 15 and its members since 1998.  He has served as Chief Legal Counsel for Lodge 15 since 2004.  Greg focuses his practice on the representation of Lodge 15 members in all areas of labor and employment-related matters including issues regarding collective bargaining, unlawful discharge actions, wrongful demotions and suspensions.  He appears in federal and state courts and before federal, state and local agencies.

        Greg’s practice also includes counseling police officers on employment law and administrative law matters.  Before becoming an attorney, Greg was a union electrician and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local #1, a membership he proudly maintains. Greg’s background helps him to understand our member’s labor and employment-related situations.

    Professional Affiliations:

    • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Division
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Missouri Bar Association
    • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Fraternal Order of Police  
    • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

    Employment:

    • The Kloeppel Law Firm (2001-Present)
    • Law Offices of Rick Barry, P.C. (1996-2001)
    • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1, Union Electrician (1983-1996)

    Primary Practice Areas:

    • Police Officers’ Rights
    • Labor and Employment Law
    • Administrative Law

    Licensure and Courts:

    • Missouri, 1998
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

    Representative Appellate Cases: 

    • Guyer v. City of Kirkwood, 38 S.W.3d. 412, 415 (Mo. banc 2001): Police officer declaratory judgment action against his law enforcement agency.  Overturned decades of case law preventing officers from reviewing records of internal investigations into criminal misconduct against the officer. 
    • Daugherty v. City of Maryland Heights, 231 S.W.3d 814, 818 (Mo. banc 2007): Police officer employment discrimination case against his law enforcement agency.  Established a new legal standard governing employment discrimination cases in Missouri. 
    • Eastern Missouri Coalition of Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 15 v. City of Chesterfield, 386 S.W.3d 755, 758 (Mo. Banc 2012): Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the right to organize and bargain collectively recognized in Article I, Section 29 of the Missouri Constitution “inherently imposes a duty on each City to bargain collectively with the exclusive bargaining representative elected by its police officers and sergeants with a goal of reaching an agreement.”
    • Eastern Missouri Coalition of Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 15 v. City of University City: Consolidated opinion with Eastern Missouri Coalition of Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 15 v. City of Chesterfield, 386 S.W.3d 755, 758 (Mo. Banc 2012).

    Education and Academic Honors:

    • St. Louis University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
      Editor, St. Louis University Law Journal                                                                      Dean's Scholar, School of Law Scholarship Recipient
      Certificate in Employment Law
      Employment Law Association, (President,
         1997-98)
      William C. Weffel Center for Employment
         Law, Leo C. Brown, S.J. Award (1997 and
         1998)
    • University of Missouri, St. Louis (B.G.S., magna cum laude, 1994)
      Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

    Publications:

        Author, Casenote: "Salt Anyone? The United States Supreme Court Holds that Paid Union Organizers Qualify as Employees under the NLRA in NLRB v. Town & Country Electric, Inc.,” 42 St. Louis University Law Journal 243 (1998)


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