John Stephen Brubaker

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Belleville, Illinois
John is a 2013 graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. While in law school, John founded and became President of the Labor & Employment Law Society, and was selected to be an editor of Washington University Jurisprudence Review, the nationally preeminent student-run law journal on Law & Philosophy. John's note on the philosophical assumptions underpinning labor law was one of only four selected to be published in the journal's fifth volume.

Before law school, John worked in human resources for two different Fortune 150 corporations, designing and validating employment selection tests, assessments, and performance evaluations, ensuring compliance with the EEOC Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures. John holds a Master of Science degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, giving him expert-level knowledge in the field of employment testing and validation, systemic employment discrimination matters, and employment class actions.

After law school, John was a Post-Graduate Fellow with the City of Chicago Law Department - Labor Division, where he worked on municipal employee discipline and discharge cases, as well as employment discrimination matters. Following that, John worked as a Volunteer Fellow for the Legal Department of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the St. Louis District Office, where he worked on numerous class and pattern-or-practice cases at various stages of litigation. John also screened most of the EEOC's incoming charges for legal merit.

At the Law Office of Van-Lear P. Eckert, John manages his own employment law practice focusing primarily on workers' rights, and also assists with personal injury, municipal, real estate, business, criminal defense, and family law cases. John's specific areas of focus are employment discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, unpaid wages/overtime, employee/independent contractor misclassification, employee credit privacy, and employee benefits matters. He is especially well-versed in class, collective, and pattern-or-practice issues, and has litigated against some of this nation's toughest employers.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • Municipal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2014
  • Missouri, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri


  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 2013
    • Law Review: Jurisprudence Review, Primary Editor, 2011 - 2013
  • Illinois Institute of Technology - 2006
    • Major: MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

  • Marlene and Gene Zafft Scholar in Law, 2010 - 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association, 2013 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, St. Louis
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Illinois
  • American Bar Association - Section of Labor & Employment Law
  • East St. Louis Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Illinois Chapter

Past Employment Positions

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , Volunteer Fellow, 2014 - 2015
  • City of Chicago Law Department - Labor Division, Post-Graduate Legal Fellow, 2013 - 2014


  • English