Gene R. La Suer (Des Moines, Iowa)
Gene R. La Suer (Des Moines, Iowa)

Gene R. La Suer

Licensed for 37 years

Practice Area: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation/ERISA, Employment Law and Labor Relations, Insurance Defense 1 more area of practice 1 more

Awards
AV Preeminent
Senior Shareholder at firm Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.

Gene R. La Suer

Serving Des Moines, IA view address

About Gene R. La Suer

CONCENTRATION

Gene is a senior shareholder in the Employment and Labor Law Department and current President of the Board of Directors at the Davis Brown Law Firm.

Labor and Employment Law

Gene practices in the areas of labor and employment law and trial. In labor law, he concentrates on collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice proceedings as well as wage and hour matters. Also an experienced trial lawyer, he defends employers in courts throughout the country in all types of matters. He regularly advises clients individually and at client seminars on matters involving employee hiring, discipline, and discharge.

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CONCENTRATION

Gene is a senior shareholder in the Employment and Labor Law Department and current President of the Board of Directors at the Davis Brown Law Firm.

Labor and Employment Law

Gene practices in the areas of labor and employment law and trial. In labor law, he concentrates on collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice proceedings as well as wage and hour matters. Also an experienced trial lawyer, he defends employers in courts throughout the country in all types of matters. He regularly advises clients individually and at client seminars on matters involving employee hiring, discipline, and discharge.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
•Successfully negotiated or assisted in the negotiations of more than 20 collective bargaining agreements in the past five years.
•Successfully defended several clients from union organizing drives throughout the country, including under the new “ambush” election procedures.
•Successfully represented numerous employers in representation proceedings and unfair labor practice proceedings before the NLRB.
•Successfully defended unionized clients in hundreds of grievances in the past two years relating to various issues connected to a collective bargaining agreements through arbitration and negations.
•Obtained summary judgment in a case involving an allegation of improper termination of COBRA rights. The Eighth Circuit upheld the grant of summary judgment in 2014.
•Successfully defended an age discrimination case in front of a jury in Polk County. Plaintiff sought more than $1.6 million and would not have settled for less. The jury returned a defense verdict and the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the defense verdict.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
•AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell. An AV-- certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, Iowa Ranked Band 1, 2016
The Best Lawyers in America-, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management. Gene has been listed as a Best Lawyer since 1995.
Great Plains Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor. Gene has been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2009.
Best Lawyers' 2013 Des Moines Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year.
•2013 'Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment' by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
•2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition, Employment & Labor

PERSONAL

Gene has two daughters, Megan and Sara. His hobbies include golf and wine collecting.

Articles

•Sixteen Davis Brown Attorneys Named to 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers List
•OSHA's New Injury Reporting Standards and the Post-Accident Protocols All Employers Will Want to Re-examine
•DOL Persuader Rule Requires New Financial Reports for Lawyers and Clients
•U.S. Supreme Court Rules on ERISA Reimbursement Case
•National Labor Relations Board Decision Erases 30 Years of Joint Employment Precedent
•Four Davis Brown Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year and 35 listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Eighteen Davis Brown Attorneys Named Great Plains Super Lawyers 2015
•16 Davis Brown Attorneys Among Best in the 2015 Chambers USA Rankings
•2015 Spring Seminar Preventing Sexual Harassment Complaints
•Work Safe: Preventing and Dealing with Workplace Violence
•New Rules for Union Election Procedures are In Effect
•2014 Employment Law Seminar - Independent Contractors and Temporary Workers in Today's Employment Environment
•33 Davis Brown attorneys named Best Lawyers in America
•Chambers USA Ranks 14 Davis Brown Attorneys among Best in the U.S.
•Employment Law Blog: Key Takeaways - Work Safe: Preventing Injuries and Workplace Violence
•Webinar - Employment Law Seminar - Work Safe: Preventing Injuries and Workplace Violence
•Reminder - Super Bowl Advertising and Use of the Word Super Bowl
•Gene R. La Suer Named 2013 'Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment'
•Six Davis Brown Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers
•32 Davis Brown Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2013
•Webinar - Employment Problems Solved: Real Life Situations and Resolutions
•The Davis Brown Law Firm Congratulates Gene La Suer for 30 Years of Service

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  • 4.8/5.0 3 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/06/12 in Civil Litigation

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  • 4.6/5.0 by a General Counsel on 03/06/12 in Labor Law

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  • 3.2/5.0 by a Partner on 03/06/12 in Labor Law

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      Position
      Senior Shareholder
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1979, Iowa
      Birth Information
      Born in 1953
      Newton, Iowa, 1953
      Associations & Memberships

      Membership

      •American Bar Association
      •Iowa State Bar Association
      •Polk County Bar Association

      Hobbies & Interests
      His hobbies include golf and wine collecting.

      Areas of Law

      • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation/ERISA
      • Employment Law and Labor Relations
      • Insurance Defense
      • Litigation and Appeals