Four Tueth Keeney attorneys, Melanie Keeney, Ian Cooper, Margaret Hesse, and Amy Clendennen, have once again been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, as top law professionals, chosen by their peers.
Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, recognizes our attorneys in the following practice areas. Melanie who has also been recognized as St. Louis “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America (2019 Edition), has been recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management, Immigration Law, and Education Law. Ian, who has been included for the past five years, is recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Commercial Litigation. Margaret, president of the firm, and who has been listed since 2017, is recognized in Employment Law – Management. And Amy, also listed since 2017, is recognized in Education Law.
Melanie Gurley Keeney, a founding Shareholder of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. , practices in the areas of Employment, Immigration, and Education law. Melanie represents institutions of higher education, corporations and individuals in immigration law matters, including obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and handling employer sanctions issues, I-9 compliance, E-Verify issues, consular processing and naturalization. She frequently speaks on immigration, labor and education issues. Her experience in education law includes representing numerous Missouri school districts and institutions of higher education regarding a wide range of personnel and student matters. Melanie also specializes in First Amendment issues, ranging from free speech to religion in the schools, and she regularly advises school districts on these issues. She is also a popular speaker on the local and national level. Melanie has extensive experience litigating both federal and state cases. Melanie currently serves on the board of the Council for Educational Advancement. She is past Chairman of the Missouri Council of School Attorneys and is a past board member of the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys and The Wilson School.
Ian P. Cooper is a founding Shareholder of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. Ian practices in the areas of employment, higher education, commercial, and tort litigation and regularly serves as lead trial and appellate counsel in significant employment, tort and commercial cases, including class actions and other complex litigation in Missouri and Illinois. Ian is member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is Chairman of the Firm.
Margaret A. Hesse primarily practices in the areas of education law, employment law, and litigation. She has represented school districts in employment matters, including Title VII, the Safe Schools Act, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Equal Pay Act. She has represented employers in labor matters before the United States Department of Labor/Wage and Hour Division, the Illinois Commission on Human Rights and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations board. Margaret has also represented employers in workers’ compensation matters before the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and has handled numerous appeals before the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission and the Missouri Court of Appeals. Margaret also has practiced in the fields of medical malpractice and legal malpractice.
Amy Leech Clendennen practices primarily in the areas of education, litigation, and labor and employment law. Amy has successfully represented school districts, colleges and universities, and private employers before State and Federal Courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Opportunity Commission, Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.