David F. Yates

David F. Yates: Attorney with McMahon Berger A Professional Corporation AV stamp icon
Attorney Awards


David F. Yates' career has been characterized by an uncompromising commitment to his clients while maintaining the highest professional standards. His career includes chairing the employment and labor practices at two large law firms. This has culminated in his being named the Best Lawyers 2012 St. Louis Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year and Best Lawyers 2015 Management Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law.

David began his career as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in St. Louis, after which he entered private practice. He has spent his forty-plus year career representing and advising management on all aspects of employment and labor matters. He has appeared before Federal and state agencies and courts throughout the country at the trial and appellate level, including the United States Supreme Court. He has extensive experience in representing businesses and associations of employers in union counter-organizing campaigns and collective bargaining in a wide variety of industries. While he has chosen to step back from the fulltime practice, he continues to be involved with clients and firm attorneys in a wide variety of matters.

(Also Of Counsel to Ottsen, Mauzé, Leggat & Belz, LLC)

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Employment and Labor Law Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
314-567-7350  Phone
Mailing Address:
Suite 200, 2730 North Ballas Road, Collinsville, IL 62234
University Attended:
Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1966; The Covenant Theological Seminary, Certificate in General Theological Studies
Law School Attended:
University of Missouri, Columbia, J.D., 1969
Year of First Admission:
United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; United States District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois; United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1990, Illinois; United States Supreme Court; 1969, Missouri; United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Associations

The Missouri Bar, Member
Bar Association of Metro St Louis, Member
The Federalist Society
The Best Lawyers In America, 2012 St. Louis Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers, Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers
Martindale Hubbell, Martindale-Hubbell, AV
Christian Legal Society, Member
International Air Transportation Safety Bar Association, Member
Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, Member
United States Arbitration and Mediation, Mediator

Special Agencies:
National Labor Relations Board; Federal Aviation Administration.

Peer Reviews

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Collinsville, Illinois

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