We are excited to announce two new attorneys who have recently joined our firm.

Melanie Renken

Melanie A. Renken focuses her practice on Labor & Employment Law and Education Law. With extensive experience in litigating employment lawsuits, Melanie also helps clients navigate day-to-day human resources issues including wage and hour matters, disability accommodations, the FMLA, restrictive covenants, employee discipline, and internal investigations.

Prior to joining Mickes O’Toole, Melanie practiced for several years at a large Midwest law firm and went on to represent multi-billion-dollar companies as in-house employment counsel. Having worked as General Counsel to a global software engineering firm, she is familiar with the delicate balance clients must achieve in managing risk while also running an efficient and profitable business.

Rebecca James

Rebecca L. James practices in the areas of Labor & Employment Law, Civil & Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance, and Education Law. She is a recent graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law and while there served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ABA Journal for Labor and Employment Law and as the Vice-President of the Employment Law Association.

Prior to law school, Rebecca worked for many years in human resources and retail banking in Springfield, Missouri. During this time, she worked extensively in management, employee benefits, and creating and conducting organizational training.