John Stephen Brubaker

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Belleville, Illinois

John is a 2013 graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.  Since graduation, John has primarily represented workers, focusing in the area of labor and employment litigation.  John has worked on numerous class/pattern or practie suits as a fellow with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), as well as litigated wrongful discharge, harassment, and unpaid wage claims in both state and federal court, and within administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and the Illinois Department of Labor.  In his first two years of private practice, John has secured numerous five and six figure resolutions for employees both by himself and as co-counsel with some of the most prestigious trial attorneys in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois area.

John is an active member of numerous workers' rights groups, such as the National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as their Illinois and St. Louis local chapters.  John is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

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.

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.

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, False Claims Act/qui tam whistleblower cases (especially medicare and medicaid fraud), unpaid wages/overtime, employee/independent contractor misclassification, and employee benefits matters.

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