In 1996 four prominent St. Louis civil rights attorneys joined forces to establish a new law firm. Lisa Van Amburg, Ken Chackes, Susan Carlson, and Lois Spritzer created the law firm of Van Amburg, Chackes, Carlson & Spritzer, LLP, representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination and other civil rights litigation. Lisa Van Amburg came from a large labor law firm. Ken Chackes was returning to private practice after working as a disability rights lawyer at the Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services. Susan Carlson was in a solo practice after gaining valuable experience with the United States Department of Justice. Lois Spritzer also was in a solo practice following a number of years in another local firm specializing in employment discrimination law.

During the law firm’s first several years our lawyers successfully litigated a number of cases, winning jury verdicts or obtaining substantial settlements against some of St. Louis’s largest companies, including Anheuser Busch, Mallincrodt Chemical, and United Van Lines. In 2003, Lisa Van Amburg obtained one of the largest verdicts ever won in an employment case in the St. Louis area–a $4 million verdict against Enterprise Rent a Car. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Van Amburg was sworn in as a Circuit Judge in the City of St. Louis, where she continues in the pursuit of justice.

In 2010, one of our founding partners, Lois Spritzer, moved with her family to Atlanta, Georgia. Since her move, Lois has continued to work with the firm as Of Counsel. Also in 2010, partner Susan Carlson was elected to serve as a State Representative in the Missouri Legislature (D-64), which keeps her busy during the first five months of each year. In 2008 Bridget Halquist joined the firm after obtaining valuable experience as a federal judicial law clerk and as a senior associate in a large law firm representing corporations in employment matters. Bridget became a partner in 2009 and a “named partner” in 2011.

In early 2014, the firm changed its name to Chackes Carlson, LLP. Our firm continues to proudly serve our clients with the utmost care, skill, and determination.