Claire Bruner-Wiltse

Claire Wiltse

Claire Bruner-Wiltse graduated from St. Louis University School of Law, where she studied on a full tuition scholarship. Claire earned an employment law certificate from the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law.

Since then, Claire has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and other unfair employment practices.

Her recent results include:

  • $220,000 settlement in a whistleblower lawsuit
  • $250,000 settlement in a breach of contract lawsuit
  • $95,000 settlement in a disability discrimination lawsuit for an hourly employee against a big box store
  • $60,000 settlement for a 65-year old who was months away from his pension and injured on the job
  • $75,000 settlement in an age discrimination lawsuit for an hourly worker who was singled out for termination instead of younger employees with less experience
  • $145,000 settlement for a man who was terminated when his wife received a cancer diagnosis
  • $270,000 settlement for a woman fired on account of disability resulting from an injury at work

Claire’s career prior to joining the firm reflects her passionate commitment to justice for all and the practice of law in the public interest. In addition to her academic awards during law school, she was the recipient of the Art Martin Fellowship for Public Interest Labor and Employment Law and was on the Executive Board of the St. Louis University Public Law Review. She organized a 2016 Spring Symposium at the Law School for the Law Review entitled “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: The Status of Women in the Workplace and the Change Needed for Equality.” During her law school summers, Claire interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

Before law school, Claire advocated for survivors of domestic violence in collaboration with Americorps and Jesuit Volunteer Corps and interned with the Phoenix Zululand Restorative Justice project in South Africa.

“My clients invest so much of themselves in their work, and it’s heartbreaking and infuriating to hear their stories of unfairness, discrimination, and maltreatment.  I enjoy working hard to advocate and achieve a just outcome that fits the client’s goals and allows them to move forward with dignity.”
Awards & Activities
  • 1843 Scholar, Saint Louis University
  • Theodore McMillian Inns of Court Pupil, 2014 – 2016
  • Saint Louis University Public Law Review Excellence in Journals Award, 2016
  • Member, Women’s Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis
  • Member, Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association — St. Louis Chapter
Education
B.A. cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2012

J.D. cum laude, Saint Louis University School of Law, 2016

Court Admissions
  • State of Missouri
  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • Southern District of Illinois
  • Central District of Illinois