St. Louis
7733 Forsyth Boulevard
Suite 1325
St. Louis, Missouri 63105T: 314.925.7270

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


University of Missouri School of Law

  • J.D., 2004
  • Missouri Law Review, Note & Comment Editor

Bradley University

  • B.S., summa cum laude, 2001
  • Pi Sigma Alpha honor society
  • Bradley Mock Trial Society

Seminars & Presentations

Robert L. Ortbals Jr.

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

– Mark Twain

Bob Ortbals represents employers in a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and insurance, as well as public-sector employers. He has appeared in state and federal courts across the country, and before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the U.S. Department of Labor. His experience advising and litigating matters on management’s behalf involved a variety of employment topics, including:

  • Discrimination claims
  • Harassment claims and workplace investigations
  • Retaliation claims
  • Wrongful termination and whistleblowing
  • Failure to accommodate
  • Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA) interference and retaliation
  • Wage and hour
  • Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Trade secrets


Awards & Recognition

  • Named, Rising Star – Missouri & Kansas, Super Lawyers, 2014-2017

Professional Activities/Associations

  • Interim president and charter member, Federal Bar Association, Missouri Chapter, 2014
  • Member, Employment and Labor Relations Committee - American Bar Association
  • Member, The Missouri Bar
  • Civil Practice and Procedure Committee - The Missouri Bar
  • Professionalism Committee - The Missouri Bar
  • Tort Law Committee - The Missouri Bar
  • Legislative Review Subcommittee, Labor and Employment Law Committee - The Missouri Bar, 2009-2016
  • Chair, Leadership Academy - The Missouri Bar, 2008-2010
  • Fellow, The Missouri Bar Foundation
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section - Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Civic/Charitable Activities/Associations

  • Member, Board of Directors – The New Mt. Sinai Cemetery Association, 2017-present
  • Member, Board of Directors - The Children's Heart Foundation, Missouri Chapter, 2013-present (President, 2013-2015)
  • Member, Board of Directors - Webster Child Care Center, 2012-2014
  • Volunteer, Community Economic Development Program - Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2011-present
  • Volunteer, True North of Columbia (formerly The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault), 2003
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