Date and Time

Fri, January 24, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


1000 Eastport Plaza Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234
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Event Information

We engage our members in policy discussions across a broad spectrum of topics that have a direct impact on the St. Louis region’s competitiveness, business climate, and livability.

During this meeting, Jay Shattuck of Shattuck & Associates Consulting, Inc. and Benjamin Wesselschmidt of Sandberg Phoenix will discuss what workers and employers need to know about recreational cannabis in Illinois.

Our Speakers

Headshot of Jay Shattuck, president of Shattuck & Associates Consulting, Inc.
Jay Shattuck, President, Shattuck & Associates Consulting, Inc.

Jay Shattuck, president of Shattuck & Associates Consulting, Inc., formed his company in 1997 after a nearly twenty-year career lobbying on behalf of two trade associations and a downstate public utility. He is one of the state's most respected business lobbyists and association executives. His imprint can be found on insurance, energy, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, employment law and a wide range of statutes and regulations considered by the General Assembly and Illinois state government for nearly forty years. In 1993, Mr. Shattuck's lobbying team was recognized by the American Society of Association Executives as a recipient of ASAE's prestigious Award of Excellence in Government Relations.

Mr. Shattuck is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1992 and has been recertified through 2019. Actively involved in a number of professional and civic organizations, he is a past president of the Illinois Society of Association Executives (ISAE), a past chairman of the Business and Industry for Economic Concerns (BIFEC) and past President of Project Safe Illinois. He is a current member of the DCEO’s Small Business Advisory Board, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors of the Sangamo Club.


Headshot of Ben Wesselschmidt, Attorney, Sandberg Phoenix
Ben Wesselschmidt, Attorney, Sandberg Phoenix

Ben Wesselschmidt focuses his practice on complex and multiparty civil litigation, specializing in employment law, non-compete litigation, class action defense and appellate litigation. Ben has experience representing employers in a broad scope of employment issues, including litigation and consent decree compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as high stakes litigation world of post-employment restrictive covenant litigation.

In his class action defense work, Ben focuses his practice on the defense of employers for wage and hour class allegations and on the defense of product manufacturers for product defects and alleged labeling defects.  Ben also has extensive appellate knowledge, having formerly served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert M. Clayton III on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. He handles a wide variety of appeals but focuses primarily on interlocutory appeals to ensure the enforcement of arbitration agreements.    Outside the office, Ben is an avid amateur cyclist and vintage racing bike collector. He spends most of his time with his wife Ashleigh, and their two sons.