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Thomas E. Berry, Jr.

St. Louis

P 314-827-3951
F 314-827-3940


Thomas E. Berry, Jr. is a Principal in the St. Louis, Missouri, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Mr. Berry’s practice is exclusively focused on representing management before state, federal or local administrative agencies as well as before both state and federal courts throughout the country. His practice is national in scope – he has represented employers in legal proceedings in over twenty different states. Mr. Berry has extensive litigation experience which permits him to effectively counsel and advise clients on a variety of employment related issues in order to ensure that effective human resource practices and procedures are followed in order to minimize any additional exposure.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Sections (1998-1999)
  • Illinois Business Journal, Southwestern Illinois All-Stars (2009)
Best Lawyers Award Badge
Legal 500 Recommended Attorney

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Employment Law Council
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar


Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Ed Glen Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Center for Autism, Board of Directors (2004-present)
  • Madison County Urban League, Board of Directors (2006-present)
  • Riverbend Chamber of Commerce
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis, Southwest Division, Board and Executive Committee (2000-present)

Published Works

  • “Minimum wage, equal opportunity cases to resurface in 2019,” Illinois Business Journal (December 2018)
  • “Hobby Lobby ruling raises more questions than it answers,” Illinois Business Journal (September 2014) [Author]
  • FMLA, ADA, Military and Other Legal Issues, A Guide for Illinois Employers, Illinois Chamber of Commerce (2011) [Editor, Principal Author]
  • “Point/Counterpoint: The Abusive Work Environment Act,” (Illinois HB 374) Illinois Business Journal (December 2009) [Author]
  • “The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800): a guarantee of ‘free choice’ or ‘no choice?’,”  Illinois Business Journal (May 2007) [Author]
  • “Point/Counterpoint Introduction: The Prevailing Wage,” Illinois Business Journal (October 2006) [Author]
  • “A primer on project labor agreements: the PLA explained,” Illinois Business Journal (April 2006) [Author]

Speeches and Presentations

 “Legislative Update for Illinois Employers,” Metro East Illinois SHRM (Fairview Heights, IL, September 2018) (presenter)

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August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

November 7, 2016
Illinois Business Journal

Thomas Berry Comments on the DOL's Overtime Rule

November 7, 2016

Thomas Berry discusses the Department of Labor's new overtime rule that will take effect on Dec. 1 in "Overtime rules may dump costly burden on employers," published in the Illinois Business Journal. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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March 1, 2017

St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance Valid, Missouri High Court Rules

March 1, 2017

A unanimous Missouri Supreme Court has upheld St. Louis City’s local minimum wage ordinance, reversing a trial court judgment that had enjoined and invalidated the ordinance in 2015. Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis, Missouri, No. SC95401 (Mo. Feb. 28, 2017). While the Ordinance had a series of graduated minimum... Read More

February 6, 2017

Missouri Enacts Right to Work Law

February 6, 2017

Missouri has become 28th state to adopt a right-to-work law. Governor Eric Greitens campaigned on promises to sign “right-to-work” law if given the opportunity and the Missouri House of Representatives gave him that opportunity by passing Senate Bill 19 (SB 19) after hours of floor debates on February 2, 2017. Governor... Read More

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Illinois Governor Signs $15 Minimum Wage Law
February 20, 2019

As anticipated, today Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the “Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act,” under which the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour over the next six years. Read More

Illinois Legislature Approves Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15.00, Sends to Governor for Signature
February 15, 2019

(Update from an earlier post) The Illinois legislature has now passed the “Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act,” under which the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour over the next six years. Governor J.B. Read More

Illinois Legislature Fast-Tracks Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15.00
February 8, 2019

Following up on its recently-elected governor’s campaign pledge, the Illinois legislature has fast-tracked the “Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act,” under which the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour over the next six years. Read More