David F. Yates

David F. Yates Of Counsel


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.


Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University



University of Missouri Columbia

University of Missouri, Columbia



Covenant Theological Seminary

Covenant Seminary



Admitted To Practice

  • State of Missouri
  • State of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations

The Missouri Bar Member
The Federalist Society 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