Work History: Attorney, Law Offices of Mark W. Suardi, LLC, 2020; Attorney, Erbs & Erbs, P.C., 1976-2019; Adjunct Faculty, St. Louis Community College, 1978-80; Legal Intern, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Office, 1975; construction trades (seasonal), 1971-74.
Experience: Over forty-three years in the practice of law. Eighty percent of practice is limited to serving as a neutral adjudicating public and private sector arbitration cases. Also provides mediation services. Handles a wide variety of issues involving contract and arbitration law, statutory claims, collective bargaining agreements, employment and construction agreements, employer policies, and the application of external law to such agreements and policies. Matters ruled on include contract interpretation/breach/damages, employee claims, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, ADA/FMLA, FLSA, and other statutory matters. Remaining twenty percent of practice devoted to real estate, real estate development, commercial law, probate and trust law. Recipient of Service Recognition from: Volunteer Lawyers' Program, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.; American Arbitration Association; Institute for Continuing Education, St. Louis Community College.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Training: Faculty, Labor Arbitration Institute, The Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Miami Conferences, 2006-2019; Participant, Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration, Ethics and Disclosure, Chairing the Arbitration Panel, Managing Procedures, Processes and Dynamics, Safeguarding and Writing Awards, Improving on a Decade of Success, Self-Represented Party Issues, Advance Case Management Training, Arbitration Updates (various), Advanced Mediation Training, Discharge Issues and External Law in Grievance Arbitration, American Arbitration Association 1997-2016; ADR Neutrals Seminar, United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (various).
Professional Licenses: Admitted to the Bar: Missouri, 1976; Illinois, 1978; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1978.
Professional Associations: National Academy of Arbitrators; Missouri Bar Association; Illinois Bar Association; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; American Arbitration Association.
Education: University of Illinois (BA, Political Science-1973); University of Grenoble (Certificate Pratique de Langue Francais-1973); St. Louis University (JD-1976).
Publications and Speaking Engagements: Speaker: Missouri Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference, October 2004; Presenter: Arbitration Advocacy for Attorneys, American Arbitration Association, St. Louis, May 2004; Presenter: Bringing The Case Home, American Arbitration Association, October 2013; Lecturer: Labor Arbitration Institute and National Academy of Arbitrators, Missouri Valley region (various years). Topics included contract interpretation, due process issues, evidence, case investigation, social media problems, job performance issues, insubordination, past practice, statutory claims, improving grievance procedures, and case presentation.
Compensation: Available on request. Cancellation charges apply.