State and federal laws require your employer to pay you a fair wage. If you’ve been denied overtime pay, pressured to work off-the-clock, or paid below minimum wage, you may be eligible for compensation. At Cofman Townsley, we know you work hard, and we’re here to fight for your rights to get the money you’ve earned.

Our wage and hour lawyers aren’t afraid to stand up to employers who don’t follow the rules. We’ll investigate your claim and help protect you from employer intimidation. Get legal help today—just dial (314) 499-1190 or fill out our quick and simple form to get in touch with our team.

What Our Clients Say

“Cofman Townsley and their staff are like family. They met every need, answered every question, called us after hours, etc. They went above and beyond and made sure that we got our settlement to the fullest amount.” Jill C.

“Cofman Townsley was persistent, professional, and did an excellent job at keeping me informed all the time.”

Ashanti M.

“The Cofman Townsley team was awesome through the entire process.”

Darlana J.

“Cofman Townsley was great at helping me. They were always on time and answered any questions I had. They were very nice and patient with everything.”

ReJeane T.

“The attorneys were very responsive to my needs. Every time I called, someone got right back to me right away. I always knew what was going on because I was kept very informed about my case. I would recommend Cofman Townsley to anyone. I feel that Cofman Townsley did a wonderful job with my case. Everything was done in a professional manner. Everyone is really nice. ”

LaDawn H.

“Cofman Townsley are like family to me. They explain things thoroughly, make sure that I understand, and that I am taken care of. David Nissenholtz and Paula were super to me, and helped me through a long and difficult process where I had years of medical treatment and much stress. They care about people and take time to listen. I would refer my friends and family members to them because I trust they will take good care of them.”

William V.

“Cofman Townsley treats you like family and like you are the only client. They answered all of my questions and took time to make sure I understood. I wouldn’t change to another attorney. They have done a good job for me and I trust them, which is very important. The whole office of people is friendly. They make me feel like I am number one, and they will do the same for you.”

Darlene W.

“Cofman Townsley diligently represented me in my personal injury work comp claim and got me a fair settlement in a timely manner.”

Jeff R.

“It was a great experience. Cofman Townsley handled all the leg work for me. I appreciate all the help.”

Chris S.

“I was very pleased with the way in which my case was handled. I was treated with great respect and care. I have never had to have legal services in my life, so for a first time event this has been very easy. I would like to say that the work ethic and determination of this company was the greatest thing that I will be left with. I thank you all very much!”

Johnny M.

“David did an amazing job with my case and communicating with me. His professionalism and concern with my progress meant a lot to me. I really appreciate everything he and his staff did for me. Thank you all.”

Carey G.

“Cofman Townsley are a great team of lawyers who go out of their way to do the BEST for their clients. They stay on you and get you the largest settlement they can.”

Peggy T.

“I really appreciate what they have done for me. I was treated excellently and if something ever happens again, they would be the first people I would call.”

Amber A.

“They have great attention to detail and [provide] a wonderful level of comfort during tough times.”

Matt C.

“Thank you. You guys were very fast, considerate, and friendly. I really appreciate it.”

Michael S.

State and Federal Wage and Hour Laws

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay workers a minimum wage and overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours per workweek. State laws in Missouri and Illinois add additional requirements for employers.


  • Most employers in Missouri are required to pay workers a state minimum wage of $7.50 an hour or a federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour—whichever results in higher pay for the employee.
  • Retail or service businesses with less than $500,000 in gross income per year are not required to pay state or federal minimum wage.
  • Most workers in Missouri are also entitled to at least 1.5 times their normal pay after working more than 40 hours per workweek.


  • Most employers in Illinois are required to pay workers a state minimum wage of $8.25 an hour or a federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour—whichever results in higher pay for the employee.
  • Illinois requires employers to give each employee at least 24 continuous hours of rest per calendar week unless a permit is obtained allowing employees to voluntarily work seven days per week.
  • Most Illinois workers are also entitled to at least 1.5 times their normal pay after working more than 40 hours per workweek.
  • Employers must provide 20-minute meal breaks to employees for every continuous 7.5 hours worked.

Exceptions to these rules may apply depending on your employer and the type of work you do. Speak with one of our Missouri and Illinois wage and hour lawyers today if you suspect your employer isn’t following state and federal laws.