Shawn McLain focuses his practice entirely on the professional representation of school districts and business entities in labor and employment law, education law, insurance defense, civil litigation, and appellate practice. He regularly counsels school districts on matters involving employee and union grievances, school board policies and procedures, construction and bidding matters, regulatory compliance, employee dismissal, student discipline, the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act requests, Sunshine Law requests, special education law, Section 504, IDEA, FERPA, FMLA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the American with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Missouri and Illinois Human Rights Acts.
Shawn represents clients before judges in state and federal courts, arbitrators, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.
Prior to joining the firm, Shawn practiced general civil litigation with a focus on plaintiffs’ side labor and employment law, workers’ compensation claims, professional license defense, commercial litigation and contractual disputes. During law school he worked as a law clerk with the labor counsel for the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police and as an intern with the litigation department of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Current Employment Position(s):
Areas of Practice:
Labor and Employment Law
Litigation & Appeals
Saint Louis University School of Law, 2009, J.D.
Honors: The Honorable Teresa Tolle Award in Jurisprudence (2009)
Elected Office: Student Bar Association Executive Board Member (2008-2009)
Concentration: Civil Litigation
Certification: Employment Law
Southeast Missouri State University, B.A.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, The College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate of 2005
Elected Office: President of Sigma Tau Delta (2004-2005), President of Student Literary Magazine (2004-2005)
Major: English Literature
Minor: Small Press Publication and Editing
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Missouri Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
American Bar Association
Missouri School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
Illinois School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
Illinois Association of School Business Officials