Bradford B. Lear

Brad represents plaintiffs in complex federal litigation, including in consumer and employment class and collective actions. He has represented clients in federal district courts in at least 30 states around the country as well as numerous appellate courts. Many of the cases Brad works on were referred to him by fellow lawyers. He enjoys collaborating with other attorneys and frequently co-counsels with other firms on large-scale cases.

Lear Werts LLP has served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in numerous class and collective actions, a sampling of which are briefly described below:

In re DIRECTV Wage & Hour Litigation (various federal courts). Lear Werts served as co-lead counsel on a case involving more than 2,000 satellite installation technicians paid under an allegedly illegal piece rate pay model.

Witt v. CACH, LLC (Mo. Cir. Ct.). Lear Werts served as lead counsel for a certified Rule 23 class of Missouri consumers who experienced inaccurate statements on their credit reports.

Chavez v. WIS Holding Corp. (S.D. Cal.). Lear Werts was co-lead counsel for a Rule 23 class of over 16,000 workers who charged they were subjected to violations of the California Labor Code.

Stewart v. Vion (W.D. Mo.). Lear Werts was lead counsel for a Rule 23 class of consumers who contended they were subjected to illegal collection practices.

Sharpe v. APAC Customer Services (W.D. Wis.). Lear Werts was co-lead counsel for a collective action involving over 15,000 call center workers who argued they were not paid for all their working time.

Schleipfer v. Mitek, Inc. (E.D. Mo.). Lear Werts served as lead counsel in a case filed on behalf of workers who claimed they were improperly classified as exempt from the overtime protections of the FLSA. In a case of first impression in the Eastern District of Missouri, Lear Werts obtained conditional certification of a nationwide class.

Publications & Speaking Engagements
In the Media
Admitted to Practice
Education
Professional Associations
Community Involvement

Significant Seven: Important Changes to the Federal Discovery Rules (2016)

What To Do When You’re Removed to Federal Court (2013)

Should I Fly Solo or Work with Others? (2013)

Litigating the Class Action Case (2012)

Ethically & Effectively Assisting Disaster Victims (2012)

Historical and Theatrical Trial Society: The Trial of Dr. Victor Frankenstein (2011)

Wage & Hour Update: Federal and State Changes (2008)

Wage & Hour Update, Missouri Employment Law Institute (2008)

Law Practice Management, University of Missouri School of Law (2008)

Contract Interpretation, MOBAR CLE: CONTRACTS (2007)

Securities Arbitration, University of Missouri School of Law (2003)

Ex State Farm worker alleges labor violations, Columbia Daily Tribune (2010)

Two ex-tax preparers sue H&R Block, Columbia Daily Tribune

Boys State adopts Missouri Plan for judges; change draws praise, The Daily Star-Journal

Hickman Students Ready for National Law Debate Contest, Columbia Daily Tribune

Judge qualifies suit as possible class action, St. Louis Daily Record

Cons of Columbia, VOX Magazine

Making the Case for Dispute Resolution, Columbia Daily Tribune

Missouri State Courts

Illinois State Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

U.S. District Court – District of Colorado

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Missouri

U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court – Southern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois

Admitted to Practice Pro Hac Vice

U.S. District Court – Northern District of California

U.S. District Court – Southern District of California

U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court – Western District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin

University of Missouri – Columbia, J.D.

Missouri Law Review

Order of the Coif

Order of Barristers

American Bar Association

Missouri Bar Association

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

American Association for Justice

Missouri Boys State

Treasurer

Executive Committee

Board of Directors

Law Counselor

Hickman High School Mock Trial Team

Coach – 2004 to 2009

National Champion, 2008 American Mock Trial Invitational

Missouri State Champion, 2009

Chipping in for Charity Golf Tournament

Planning Committee, 2007 to present

MATA Disaster Recovery Team

Volunteer Service Award (2012)