Thomas G. Bearden

Managing Partner

Mr. Bearden founded Bearden, Breckenridge & Gidlow in 1988, along with Ray Breckenridge and Catherine Gidlow. Mr. Bearden has represented business interests throughout the United States, in his thirty (30) years of practicing law. He has handled all types of employment matters, including the best planning and orchestration of significant employment decisions. Mr. Bearden has also developed and implemented union avoidance methods and strategies in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, finance and technology.

Mr. Bearden also has a great deal of experience in developing pertinent corporate policies and handbooks, employment agreements, non-compete and confidentiality agreements and waiver and release agreements, for business. He has advised numerous clients on the appropriate strategy and design of major workforce changes such as reductions, mergers and consolidations.

Mr. Bearden represents Employers before the OFCCP, EEOC, NLRB, OSHA and other federal and state agencies regulating business conduct. He handles labor arbitration and negotiation, affirmative action, corporate matters and governance, discipline and discharge matters, employment discrimination, employment contracts, handbooks and other policies, Wage Hour, and benefit issues.

A large portion of Mr. Bearden’s time is devoted to client advice regarding the “how and why” of handling employment, labor and corporate matters.

Mr. Bearden has been an adjunct professor in the graduate program at Webster University for over twenty-five (25) years. He is also a frequent speaker on the lecture circuit, and has written extensively for authoritative treatises on the subject of business and labor.

Contact Information:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: (314) 726-6618
  • Facsimile: (314) 726-6757

Areas of Practice:

  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Mediation & Arbitration

Admitted to Practice:

  • United States Supreme Court, 1992
  • State of Missouri, 1980
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1980
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 1981
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1979
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1991
  • 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1979
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1986


  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D. cum laude, 1978
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.S. cum laude, Economics, 1975


Chapter Editor, HOW ARBITRATION WORKS, Elkouri & Elkouri (6th ed., publication in late 2001;
Chapter Editor and Topic Author for several prior editions of same publication);
Author of Chapter entitled Wage And Hour Laws, Alberty, ADVISING SMALL BUSINESS (since 1999); Chapter 5, American Bar Association, DISCIPLINE AND DISCHARGE, (1995).

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

Speaking Engagements:

“Employment Agreements And Protective Agreements”, (sponsored by Lorman Business Centers); “Labor Law Update”, (sponsored by American Association of Industrialized Management); “Defending Your Role In Protecting Your Employees When Domestic Violence Becomes A Workplace Issue”, (sponsored by the Council On Education In Management is association with The George Washington University); Employment And Labor Law In Missouri, (sponsored by Lorman Business Centers); “Legal Aspects of Pre-Employment and Employee Testing”, (sponsored by the American Association of Industrialized Management); “The Americans’ With Disabilities Act”, (sponsored by the American Association of Industrialized Management).


Adjunct Professor, Webster University graduate program since 1982. Mr. Bearden primarily instructs in the areas of Labor Relations and Employment Law to graduate level students in Webster’s management program; Who’s Who in Practicing Attorneys; Outstanding Lawyers of America; The Bar Register Of Preeminent Lawyers.

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