Rochelle Gnagey Skolnick
Rochelle Gnagey Skolnick is an attorney at the union-side labor and employment law firm of Schuchat, Cook & Werner in St. Louis. She works in all areas of the firm’s practice handling labor arbitrations, administrative proceedings and state and federal lawsuits. Since 2009 she has served as Counsel to the Symphonic Services Division of the American Federation of Musicians. Rochelle earned her undergraduate degree in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music and her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis where she was Executive Notes & Projects Editor of the Journal of Law & Policy. She received the Mary Collier Hitchcock Prize for Control, Collaboration or Coverage: The NLRA and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Dilemma (20 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 403). She regularly presents seminars on labor and employment law topics, including the duty of fair representation, grievance and arbitration, disability rights, sexual harassment and health care reform. She has taught the Business of Music at a community college and volunteers with St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts. Prior to law school, Rochelle was an active freelance orchestral and recording musician in South Florida. She also served as orchestra committee chair and ROPA delegate for the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra. In that, she carried on a tradition established by her father, who as principal tuba of the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic was in attendance at the first ROPA conference thirty years ago. Rochelle is a third generation member of the American Federation of Musicians.