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Robert Grant Pennell

Robert Grant Pennell

Straight-Up, Straight-Forward Business Legal Advice is how gets BUSINESS Done!
  • Business Law, Employment Law, Communications & Internet Law
  • Missouri
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Biography

Although not born in Saint Louis, I’ve lived here for forty years, and consider myself a Saint Louisan. I’m a graduate of Washington University–Olin School of Business, and Saint Louis University – School of Law. And in case you, too, are a Saint Louisan, I graduated from Parkway Central Senior High School.

Unlike most of my contemporaries, I did not go directly to law school upon graduating from college. I spent five years as an Engineer Planner at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), managing multimillion-dollar engineering development programs for the United States military and its allies. Complying with the demanding requirements of government requests for proposals and contractual reporting more than prepared me for the rigors of the law. It helped me to hone the business sense to not merely identify potential problems/roadblocks, but to actually craft effective solutions, which is precisely how BUSINESS gets done.

I began my legal career as a trial attorney at sizable firms, including one of the oldest insurance defense firms in Saint Louis, as well as the local office of a large international firm out of Chicago. While there, I engaged in every aspect of litigation, from Pre-Trial Discovery and Dispositive Motion practice up to and including First Chair Jury Trials and Appellate Argument before the Missouri and Federal Courts of Appeal.

While initially a litigator, I have spent most of my twenty-five plus years practicing law representing businesses, large and small. Due to my business background, I deliberately transitioned to representing businesses, particularly in regard to employment and contractual matters. In so doing, I’ve assisted businesses from small start-ups to large regional enterprises and Fortune 500 companies including.

Through Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ my fellow lawyers have assigned me a 5.0 out of 5.0 AV Preeminent Rating – the highest rating available. After all, that is how BUSINESS gets done!

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Employment Law
    Employment Contracts, Overtime & Unpaid Wages
    Communications & Internet Law
    Internet Law, Telecommunications Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Unemployment Claims & Appeals
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Note that a free consultation is merely an opportunity to discuss your issue to determine if this firm can be of assistance.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I prefer to charge on a flat fee basis whenever feasible to provide some level of certainty over what your financial obligations will be.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Missouri
The Missouri Bar
ID Number: 43014
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Professional Experience
Owner
Law Offices of Robert Grant Pennell, LLC
- Current
Focusing on assisting small business owners start and develop their businesses.
General Counsel
DCSC, Inc.
- Current
Senior Associate
Steven Schumaier & Associates, PC
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Senior Associate
Landau, Omahana & Kopka, Ltd.
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Associate
Moser & Marsalek, PC
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Antitrust Faculty Research Assistant
St. Louis University School Of Law
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Judicial Intern
U.S. District Court - Southern District Illinois
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Engineering Planner
McDonnell Douglas Corporation
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Education
Saint Louis University School of Law
J.D. (1993) | Business Associations, Tax, Antitrust
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Washington University in St. Louis
B.S.B.A. (1985) | Business Administration, Accounting, Finance & Operations
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Awards
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
Pro Bono Award
American Bar Association
Best Business Attorneys
St. Louis Small Business Monthly
Pro Bono Award
American Bar Association
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
Best Business Attorneys
St. Louis Small Business Monthly
Pro Bono Award
American Bar Association
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
Inducted to Membership
Association for Legal Excellence
Pro Bono Award
American Bar Association
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
Best Business Attorneys
St. Louis Small Business Monthly
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
Peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence.
Defense Trial Academy Graduate
International Association of Defense Counsel
Professional Associations
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Missouri
Board Member
- Current
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Service Corps of Retired & Working Executives (SCORE)
Auxiliary Member
- Current
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American Bar Association, Business Law Section
Member
- Current
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American Bar Association, Business Law Section, LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Entities Committee
Member
- Current
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Missouri Bar, Solo and Small Firm Planning Committee
Member
- Current
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Missouri Bar, Solo and Small Firm Committee
Member
- Current
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The Missouri Bar
Attorney Member
- Current
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American Bar Association
Attorney Member
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Legal Entity Selection, and Licensing & Taxes (Monthly), Starting and Managing the Small Business Workshop (Monthly)
Service Corps of Retired & Working Executives (SCORE)
Employee Performance, Discipline, and Discharge, Missouri Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now
National Business Institute
Legal Entity Selection, Licensing & Taxes, and Accounting & Finance (Monthly), Starting and Managing the Small Business Workshop (Monthly)
Service Corps of Retired & Working Executives (SCORE)
Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs, Mini Law School for HR Professionals
National Business Institute
Legal Entity Selection, Licensing & Taxes, and Accounting & Finance (Monthly), Starting and Managing the Small Business Workshop (Monthly)
Service Corps of Retired & Working Executives (SCORE)
Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs, Human Resource Law from A to Z
National Business Institute
Business Law Update, Annual Law Update
Missouri Bar Association
Legal Entity Selection, Licensing & Taxes, and Accounting & Finance (Monthly), Starting and Managing the Small Business Workshop (Monthly)
Service Corps of Retired & Working Executives (SCORE)
Advising the Growing Small Business Owner, Solo and Small Firm Conference
Missouri Bar Association
Legal Entity Selection, Licensing & Taxes, and Accounting & Finance (Monthly), Starting and Managing the Small Business Workshop (Monthly)
Service Corps of Retired & Working Executives (SCORE)
Legal Entity Selection, Licensing & Taxes, and Accounting & Finance (Monthly), Starting and Managing the Small Business Workshop (Monthly)
Service Corps of Retired & Working Executives (SCORE)
Business Smart Toolkit - Module 1: Ready, Saint Louis
U.S. Small Business Administration
Look Out Claimants – Beware Significant Statutory Changes to Unemployment!, Solo and Small Firm Conference, Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri Bar, Solo and Small Firm Committee
Legal Structures Selection, Boots to Business: Reboot Training for Veterans, Fenton
U.S. Small Business Administration
Legal Entity Selection, Licensing & Taxes, and Accounting & Finance (Monthly), Starting and Managing the Small Business Workshop (Monthly)
Service Corps of Retired & Working Executives (SCORE)
Advising the Small Business Client, Solo and Small Firm Conference, Branson
Missouri Bar, Solo and Small Firm Committee
Representing Clients in Employment Hearings, Solo and Small Firm Conference, Branson
Missouri Bar, Solo and Small Firm Committee
How to Run for Office from Those Who’ve Learned from the School of Hard Knocks, Solo and Small Firm Conference, Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri Bar, Solo and Small Firm Committee
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
14 Questions Answered
Q. Roofing contractor signs contract & accepts $9000 down payment for job. He uses money for himself
A: As always, Mr. Eisenberg is correct. A contract breach occurs when one party fails to perform (or whose performance deviates from) what was contracted. A common problem for contracting homeowners is the absence of required terms in the contract. To piggyback on Mr. Eisenberg’s example, even if the contract includes a May 1 completion date, under contract law the failure to meet that date isn’t necessarily a breach if the contract didn’t state that “time is of the essence.” Unless the amount is minimal, it’s always best to have such a contract reviewed by your attorney before signing. This question sounds like a question recently asked with more details which I already answered. If this is the same situation, I encourage you to refer to the more complete response previously given.
Q. I am a supervisor an employee has made two harassment issues against me both coming out false. Can I do anything
A: Nothing. Taking any action will look like retaliation on your part. Understand that anyone that keeps making unsubstantiated allegations will have little credibility. If it were me, I would ask for a sit down with a Manager in Human Resources. At the meeting, express concern about how best to handle this employee. Don’t express it as you did in your post here, but more along the lines “can HR offer any suggestions as to how best to handle discipline and conflict with the employee.” Explain that you are wanting to be fair to her but feel that you still have an obligation to do your job. While you might get some useful suggestions, it is at least as likely that you won’t. Either way you have conveyed to the powers that be that you are genuinely interested in following company policy and treating this person fairly. Should she assert anything further, you will already be ahead of it by working with HR in advance.
Q. Does an employer have the right to deny an employees doctor's note stating he should only work 1 Saturday per month?
A: Generally speaking, the terms of employment are between the parties and can be changed at anytime, and a doctor’s note need not be accepted by an employer. The exception is if the employer has enough employees to be covered by the ADA and the situation deals with a reasonable accommodation request. In order to assert such a right, you must formally seek a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Just submitting a doctor’s note isn’t sufficient. Your doctor will have to complete specific documentation.
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