Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suelthaus & Kaplan Losing Kaplan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suelthaus & Kaplan Losing Kaplan

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Lawrence P. Kaplan, the "Kaplan" of the long-time Clayton law firm of Suelthaus & Kaplan, has jumped to a larger rival, Gallop, Johnson & Neuman. The former firm will now be known as Suelthaus & Walsh.

Two other principals - Mark W. Weisman and Bradley G. Kafka - and one associate - Valerie Held - are making the move along with Kaplan. All four lawyers concentrate in labor and employment law, doubling Gallop Johnson's size in this area.

The Kaplan group will bring considerable business with it, including work from the Southern Illinois Builders Association and painting and decorating trade organizations.

"Labor law is a growth area, with discrimination cases being a popular litigation tool these days," said Donald Gallop, the firm's chairman. His firm and the Suelthaus one both defend employers in such suits.

Chairman Kenneth H. Suelthaus said Suelthaus & Walsh still has lawyers experienced in employment law and issues like harassment. But most of the firm's business in negotiating labor union contracts will leave with Kaplan, he conceded.

Thomas M. Walsh is the new named principal of the firm. Walsh, 42, joined in 1983 and became managing principal in 1989.

Suelthaus, 50, attributed Kaplan's resignation to "differences in philosphy. …

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