HM Client Hiland Dairy Prevails before 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

HesseMartone congratulates Principal Attorney Matt Robinson on his successful defense of Hiland Dairy at the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Hiland Dairy had faced allegations of violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Nebraska Fair Employment Practices Act from two former maintenance employees who worked in their Nebraska dairies. The U.S. District Court granted Hiland Dairy’s summary judgment motion and it was subsequently upheld in the U.S. Court of Appeals. The ruling can be viewed in its entirety here.

Andy Martone Presents to National Business Institute

On June 16, 2017, Andy Martone will present a segment of the seminar “Manufacturing Law” sponsored by National Business Institute.  Andy will speak on the subject of Labor and Employment Legal Principles, including hiring fundamentals, background checks, reduction in force/layoffs, union matter, wage and hour/FLSA changes, workman’s compensation issues and noncompete agreements.

HesseMartone Congratulates Pam Dixon

HesseMartone attorney Pam Dixon has been appointed to serve as Press Secretary for the General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C.

Dixon began working for HesseMartone in September of 2014. Her legal practice focused on employment defense litigation and included the successful defense of a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act against a large non-profit client in federal court before the Eastern District of Missouri and the 8th Circuit.  Dixon also served as spokesperson for a gubernatorial campaign from 2015 to 2016.

Dixon begins her new position as GSA Press Secretary in June 2017. The GSA is an independent federal agency, employing about 12,000 federal workers nationwide. Dixon will work in the GSA’s Office of Strategic Communications.

We congratulate Pam on her new appointment and wish her the very best in Washington DC!

Andy Martone Presents to AGC of Missouri

On May 16, 2017, Andy Martone will speak before the Associated General Contractors of Missouri’s HR Forum Group in St. Louis, Missouri on the topic of “Three-D’s – Discipline, Documentation, Discharge.”  You can find the AGC of Missouri online here.

YMCA Prevails in Landmark Case

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the YMCA in the case of Matina Koester, et al v. Young Men’s Christian Assoc. and upheld the Y’s use of Individual Education Programs (IEPs) for purposes of evaluating the level of accommodation necessary to provide inclusion services to children with disabilities, the first case of its kind in the United States.

This landmark decision both vindicated the YMCA’s procedures for operating its summer camps (which have provided inclusive services to thousands of children with disabilities) and also established workable guidelines for all organizations dedicated to the inclusion of children.

The YMCA was represented by Andy Martone, Abby Schwab and Pam Dixon.

Jack Daugherty Joins HesseMartone


House Bill 2771 and its companion bill Senate Bill 1296 would require all employers to offer all employees five (5) days of paid sick leave annually. Part time employees working at least twenty (20) hours a week would also qualify. For text of the full bill, please click:

HesseMartone Supports MO-FEAT’s iCanRide

Hesse Martone proudly supported Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment’s (MO-FEAT) annual trivia night fundraiser for iCanRide on April 7. MO-FEAT is an organization providing advocacy, education and support for families and the autism community throughout Missouri. It focuses on supporting early diagnosis and effective autism treatment. For more information, please see

HesseMartone Passes Half Million Dollar Mark for Charitable Contributions

Since our founding, we have always believed in giving back to the community. HesseMartone is proud to report that in 2016, we passed the half a million dollar mark for charitable contributions, donating more than $520,000 to various charities including:

100 Neediest Cases The ABC Greater IL Chapter
AGC of Illinois AGC of Missouri
AGCI Education Foundation ALS Association
Alzheimer’s Association American Bar Foundation
American Cancer Society American Heart Association
American Tapestry Alliance M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Apex Martial Arts Apex Response Training
Apex Training Center Applied Combatives Group
Anthony Armstrong Foundation Arts & Education Council
Asthma & Allergy Foundation BAMSL Corporate Counsel Institute
Backstoppers Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
Biggs Ballman Memorial Fund The Belle Center
Belle-Clair Soccer League The Black Rep
Blessed Sacrament School Block Yeshiva High School
Bold Family Fund Bost for Congress
The Bridge (Bridge Bread) John Burroughs School
Career Development Center Catholic Charities Archdiocese of St. Louis
Central Institute for the Deaf Children’s Center for Behavioral Development
Citizens for Carl Bearden City of Brentwood
City of Crestwood Children’s Miracle Network
Colon Cancer Alliance Committee to Elect Tim Schoemehl
Community Cancer Center Community Walks
Lt. Robert Cooney Family Benefit Fund Crossroads School
Cub Scout Pack 31 Cub Scout Pack 804
Cystic Fibrosis Dance Arts of St. Louis
Dragon Blossom Society The 1140 Fund
The H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy Zelda Epstein Day Care Center
FOP Lodge #125 Family Musical Theatre
Family Resource Center Five Star Industries, Inc.
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, IL Gary Sinise Foundation
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition (Little Wishes) Gateway Cultural Society
Grand Center Gala Great Rivers Environmental
Greater St. Louis CISM Greater St. Louis Golf Charities
Greenville Christian Academy Guns & Hoses
HBI PAC Habitat for Humanity
Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital Hazelwood PO Benevolent Association
Health Care Leadership Committee Heifer Project International
Honor Flight Hoogland Education Department
Hospice At Home Huangse’ Gebei Xi’tong
Human Development Corp. Human Service Center
Humane Society of Missouri Human Society of Southwest Missouri
IAFF 2nd District Outreach Fund Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Assn.
Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Independence Center
JDRF Jazz at the Bistro
Jewish Federation of St. Louis Join Hands, ESL
Stephanie Joseph LMS Fund Junior Achievement
Kansas City Police Foundation Kirk Day School
Krysilis, Inc. Ladies Auxiliary 2866
Lawrence/Crawford Association Lawyers Association of St. Louis
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Lineback Children’s Education Fund
Long Term Care Ombudsman MS Corporate Achievers
MS Foundation Major Case Squad
Mary Beth’s Angels Foundation Joseph/Elsie McBride Charitable Foundation
McCarthy Charity Golf Mehlville Mothers Club
Mission St. Louis Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri City Clerks & Finance Officers Missouri City/County Management Association
Missouri Collectors Association Missouri FOP Foundation
Missouri History Museum Missouri Kids Chance
Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation Missouri Press Foundation
Missouri Savings for Tuition Fund Missouri Special Olympics
Missouri Veterans Home Mitrata Nepal Foundation for Children
MO-FEAT Murphy Blair Senior Living
Muscular Dystrophy Association Music & Memory to End Alzheimers
National Children’s Cancer Society National MS Society
Navy SEAL Foundation Nazareth Living Center
New Haven Hebrew Day School Nine Dragon Academy
No Kid Hungry Northeastern State University Foundation
Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery Old Newsboys Fund
Operation Mend Program Oriental Martial Arts Society
Our Little Haven Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Overland Police Department PHJC (Catherine’s Cottage)
Walter Payton High School Peace Lutheran Church
People for John Griesheimer Prairie State Generating Co. (toy/food drive)
Progressive Youth Connection Race for the Cure
Radiating Hope Ramsey Christian Church
Robert C. Reim, Sr. Memorial Foundation Rohan-Woods School
Sacred Heart-Griffin High School St. Agnes Home
St. Anthony’s Schools St. James the Greater Adopt-A-Student
St. John’s Hospice St. Joseph School–Zell (Ste. Genevieve, MO)
St. Joseph’s Altar Society St. Jude Hospital
St. Louis ARC St. Louis Altenheim
St. Louis Aquacenter, Inc. St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association
St. Louis Children’s Aquarium St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis College Prep St. Louis Crisis Nursery
St. Louis Police Foundation St. Louis Science Center
St. Louis Wing Chun St. Mary’s Hospital Health Foundation
The Salvation Army Scottsdale Miss Softball
Scottsdale Police Officers Association Shaare Zedek Music Fund
A Soldier’s Wish List Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis
South Side Day Nursery South Side Early Childhood Center
Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy Southern Illinois Builders Association
Special Olympics Spina Bifida Association of Greater St. Louis
Stray Dog Theatre Stray Rescue of St. Louis
Support Dogs, Inc. Ralph Tatoian Memorial Foundation
Third Presbyterian Church Toads & Tiaras
Toledo Central Catholic High School Tomahawks
Tomchei Shabbos Tpheris Israel-Chevra
Trade Industries United Way of Greater St. Louis
University of Missouri Tiger Scholarship Fund Urban Harvest STL
Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School Warrior Development
West County Wing Chun The Westport Chabad
Wikimedia Foundation Women’s Choice Center
World Aquarium of St. Louis World Bird Sanctuary
World Wildlife Fund Wounded Warrior Project
Wyman Center YMCA of Greater St. Louis
Young Israel of St. Louis Zen Buddhist Temple

Thank you to the entire HesseMartone Team (past and present) for making this possible.

Macoupin County, IL Selects Hesse|Martone as Special Labor Counsel

Macoupin County, Illinois selected Hesse|Martone as special labor counsel to handle their labor matters covering six collective bargaining agreements with , ASFCME, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, the Policemens’ Benevolent Labor Committee, and the Teamsters. Rick Stewart, Managing Principal of HM’s Springfield, Illinois Office, will serve primary outside labor counsel.  You can learn more about Rick here or see him on LinkedIn and Twitter.