Elgin, Illinois Employment Lawyers

Garrett Browne
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Free Consultation! Skilled Employment Law Representation! Protect Your Rights!

I am a successful employment law attorney. I vigorously pursue justice for employees who have been wronged in the workplace! Visit my website to see client testimonials and case results. Call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Carol Coplan Babbitt
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Illinois Employment Law Attorney with 31 years experience

I am a Chicago based litigation attorney who has been practicing law since 1988. I opened my own law firm in 1997 and I have been a successful solo-practitioner ever since. I take a tenacious, results driven, approach to... Read More »
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Brent Keller
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Illinois Employment Law Lawyer

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of TechnologyIllinois
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Jillian Tattersall
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Illinois Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience

Jillian Tattersall’s practice focuses on labor and employment law. Before moving to Chicago, Jillian worked as an associate in a New York City law firm, representing clients in all aspects of employment law and civil... Read More »
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Scott G. Richmond
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South Elgin, IL Employment Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(847) 695-2400 2000 McDonald Road
Suite 200
South Elgin, IL 60177
Employment, Collections, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Scott G. Richmond practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, banking, collections, employment, Landlord-Tenant law including evictions, personal injury, wrongful death, workers' compensation, real estate short sales, homeowner and condominium association representation and zoning/land use issues. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Richmond was named a Leading Lawyer in Illinois for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Richmond is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association (where he's served as General Counsel...
Jolianne S. Alexander
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St. Charles, IL Employment Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(630) 549-0960 250 W. River Drive
Unit 2A
St. Charles, IL 60174
Employment
Jolianne S. Alexander practices in the firm’s employment law group. She brings to the firm’s practice, a dynamic and diverse perspective, which stems from her years of experience in practicing employment law as an in-house counsel, and as both a plaintiff’s and defense attorney. Prior to joining the firm, she has handled a wide variety of complex litigation arising under the Illinois Human Rights Act and Title VII, as well as other employment-related statutes. She has successfully drafted and argued dispositive motions, conducted solo jury and bench trials at both the Illinois Human Rights Commission and in state court, and...
Kathleen Currie Chavez
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Geneva, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(630) 232-7450 10 West State Street, Suite 200
Geneva, IL 60134
Employment, Business, Consumer and Workers' Comp
Northwestern University School of Law
Kathleen C. Chavez, founding partner of Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil, LLC, earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from Northwestern University School of Law. Chavez is a nationally recognized civil litigator with a reputation for obtaining exceptional results in challenging cases. She is a results-driven, highly focused “problem-solver” with an unmatched ability to strategically frame critical issues, develop innovative solutions and negotiate outstanding results for her clients. She is admitted to practice law in California, Illinois and Washington D.C., as well as various federal courts, the Federal Trial Bar and the United States Federal Court of Claims.
Thomas Hargrove
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Hoffman Estates, IL Employment Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(847) 310-0025 2300 Barrington Rd
Suite 220
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Construction and Insurance Claims
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
I provide advice and counsel to professionals and businesses in a wide variety of industries. I realize that solutions to many problems require the involvement of others who provide counsel to my clients, and as a result, I often works alongside a client’s accountant, financial consultant, or other professional.

I am an active litigator, and also on employment issues, insurance coverage disputes and business law, including contractual disputes and construction issues. I have many years of experience in analyzing and evaluating contractual, statutory and regulatory rights and obligations in matters that affect most small to mid-size business. ...
Joette Doran
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Hoffman Estates, IL Employment Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(847) 490-5309 2300 N Barrington Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Employment
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Joette S. Doran & Associates, P.C. is a civil litigation law firm committed to providing our clients with zealous representation, effective dispute resolution, and prompt reporting. Joette S. Doran has more than 25 years of legal experience. Ms. Doran has successfully represented clients in all aspects of litigation including administrative and arbitration proceedings and has successfully tried cases to verdict. She has also successfully negotiated favorable settlements using cost-effective alternative dispute resolution in appropriate cases, including arbitration and mediation. Joette S. Doran & Associates provides advice and counsel regarding a full range of employment matters. The litigation practice includes...
Elizabeth Chavez
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Geneva, IL Employment Law Attorney
(630) 232-7450 10 W State Street, Suite 200
Geneva, IL 60134
Free ConsultationEmployment, Antitrust and Civil Rights
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Ms. Chavez counsels and represents employees in a variety of employment litigation matters including discrimination (based on age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion and sexual orientation), sexual harassment, Family Medical Leave Act and retaliation claims. Ms. Chavez has experience representing employees in front of administrative agencies (the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Department of Labor) and state and federal courts. The services offered by Ms. Chavez range from the review of a severance package, to representation at the administrative level--Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, to legal representation in state and federal court.
Bill Boznos
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Naperville, IL Employment Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(630) 375-1958 1700 Park Street
Suite 203
Naperville, IL 60563
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business and Estate Planning
John Marshall Law School
William P. Boznos is the founding attorney of Boznos Law. He brings a unique 360 degree perspective to its advice and advocacy. He has served as in house senior counsel for a Fortune 500 Company for over a decade. In addition, he has served as Director of Human Resources and Vice President of Human Resources for both privately held and large publicly held companies for years, including Harrah’s Casinos, the largest gaming operation in the world. This unique background gave him an unprecedented access to company CEO’s, human resources departments, and the corporate insight you need. He has represented both...
Charles G. Wentworth
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Glen Ellyn, IL Employment Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(630) 469-7100 536 Crescent Blvd. Suite 200
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Free ConsultationEmployment, Appeals, Business and Estate Planning
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Charles is a shareholder at The Law Office of Lofgren & Wentworth, P.C. in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he practices business, property, and appellate litigation. After graduating from the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, he clerked for Chief Justice John Broderick of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He was then a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago before opening his own practice. He recently joined Richard Lofgren to form The Law Office of Lofgren & Wentworth, P.C., The Entrepreneur's Legal Resource. Charles' experience as an officer and director of multiple closely-held companies...
Richard Lofgren
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Glen Ellyn, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
536 Crescent Blvd., Suite 200
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Construction and IP
The John Marshall Law School
Over twenty eight years of legal experience working with businesses on the issues they face daily during their business cycles. I act in the capacity of an outside general counsel assisting business owners to make smarter decisions, build stronger relationships and make and save money. I stress the importance of recognizing that correct legal answers alone do not necessarily translate into the correct best business decisions. I represent all types of businesses in every stage of their business cycles from start up through eventual sale. Specialties: The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialities in the...
Steven B. Ekker
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Sugar Grove, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(630) 234-4682 221 S. Main Street
Suite 200
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Employment, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Attorney Steven Ekker began practicing law in Illinois in 1993. Since then, he has distinguished himself throughout Illinois courtrooms for outstanding legal services in a wide variety of practice areas. Focusing on civil litigation, Mr. Ekker is skilled in handling cases involving: personal injury; commercial and business disputes; real estate litigation; general civil litigation; divorce and family law; contract disputes; wage, salary, commission and other employment disputes; foreclosures; defamation; and, appeals.

With experience representing both sides of civil disputes, Mr. Ekker is able to effectively anticipate strategies from opposing counsel. He has a track record for success both in state and...
David Porter
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Illinois Employment Law Attorney with 33 years experience

David Porter, Esq. is an experienced, dedicated, and effective advocate for Chicago’s workforce. Mr. Porter received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1982 and earned his Juris Doctor degree from... Read More »
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Cynthia Pietrucha
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Compassionate attorney with focus on Employee Separation & Severance Agreements

Our employment firm handles Employee Separation and Severance Agreements across the Chicagoland area. We review and negotiate employee separation packages. Contact us to discuss your specific workplace dispute today. Read More »
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Ted A Donner
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Wheaton, IL Employment Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(630) 588-1131 Donner & Company Law Offices LLC
1125 Wheaton Oaks Court
Wheaton, IL 60187
Employment, Business, Insurance Claims and Real Estate
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Ted Donner (Attorney) started his legal studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1987 after a ten-year stint as the box office manager of The Second City in Chicago. His professional experience since then includes work as a law clerk for Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., a summer internship at Welsh & Katz, Ltd., and work as an associate with Rock, Fusco, Reynolds & Garvey, Ltd. Before opening Donner & Company Law Offices LLC, he was an Associate and then Of Counsel to the litigation practice group at Altheimer & Gray, where his practice was concentrated in insurance...
Denice Gierach
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Naperville, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(630) 756-1160 1776 Legacy Circle
Suite 104
Naperville, IL 60563
Employment, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Illinois Institute of Technology
Denice A. Gierach is a business lawyer with almost 30 years of experience representing business owners in the formation, franchising, and dissolution of businesses; representing employers in matters of employment and age discrimination in the workplace; and aiding individuals in matters of advanced estate planning, charitable giving, Medicare and Medicaid, and Social Security. As a Certified Public Accountant with a Master's degree in Management, Ms. Gierach also practices in the areas of Income Taxation, Federal Estate Taxation, and varied Real Estate Law, including commercial real estate. Ms. Gierach began her career in accounting working...
Hilary Elizabeth Wild
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Wheaton, IL Employment Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(630) 653-1577 1776 South Naperville Road
Suite 104 A
Wheaton, IL 60189
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of Colorado Law School
Susan Dawson
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Rolling Meadows, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(847) 253-8800 3701 Algonquin Road
Suite 300
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Employment, Business and Real Estate
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Susan L. Dawson earned her juris doctorate at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2000 with a concentration in corporate/business law and taxation. Licensed in Illinois since 2000, Susan has spent her entire career representing businesses, business owners, entrepreneurs and employees. She has a wide range of experience working with clients on local, national and international levels. Susan delivers a commitment to service which surpasses client's expectations, promptly meeting tight deadlines and quickly responding to pressing matters as they arise. Susan is equally involved in the community, dedicating significant time and effort to supporting numerous not-for profit...
William Alexander Price
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Warrenville, IL Employment Law Attorney
(800) 630-4780 PO Box 1425
Warrenville, IL 60555
Free ConsultationEmployment, Arbitration & Mediation, Consumer and Landlord Tenant
Duke University School of Law and Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Freiburg-Im-Breisgau, Germany
Bill Price is an attorney in private practice in Warrenville, Illinois. He served as the Vice-Chairman for the Corporation, Securities, and Business Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, and is a member of the Administrative Law Section Council, for which he has edited the Handbook of Illinois Administrative Law. His private practice includes business and administrative litigation. He was appointed by Governor Edgar and confirmed by the Illinois Senate as the state Small Business Utility Advocate. Additional books by Mr. Price include Limited Liability Organizations (Specialty Technical Publications, Vancouver, BC), which covers all forms of business entity...
Philip Prorok
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Rolling Meadows, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(847) 253-8800 3701 Algonquin Road
Suite 390
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Employment, Business, IP and Landlord Tenant
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Philip A. Prorok earned his Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010, with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. Philip previously worked as a law clerk for Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, learning the ins and outs of WPD’s various practice areas. He spent last summer working in the Cook County Assessor’s Office, dealing with property tax assessment matters and other issues affecting the running of that governmental office. Philip graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He has passed the United States Patent and Trademark Registration Examination and is...
David J Fish
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Naperville, IL Employment Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(630) 355-7590 200 E. 5th Avenue
Suite 123
Naperville, IL 60565
Employment and Business
Northern Illinois University
David is also well-respected in the legal community. For example, he was named an Illinois “Rising Star” attorney by Law and Politics Magazine during 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He also received a 5.0 out of 5.0 “preeminent” ranking from Martindale Hubbell. David has, on several occasions, lectured at educational seminars for lawyers and other professionals. He has moderated a continuing legal education panel of federal magistrates and judges on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, he has presented before the Illinois State Bar Association on electronic discovery rules, and he testified before the United States Judicial Conference...
Kenneth C. Apicella
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Palatine, IL Employment Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(847) 934-6000 4811 Emerson, Suite 110
Palatine, IL 60067
Employment, Business, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
Ross I. Molho Esq
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Lisle, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(630) 871-2614 2300 Cabot Drive
Suite 500
Lisle, IL 60352
Employment and Administrative
Quinton Osborne
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Glen Ellyn, IL Employment Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(331) 702-1538 799 Roosevelt Road, Suite 3-201
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Employment
Edward Fox
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Free Consultation! Aggressive Legal Advocacy! Pursuing Justice for Workers!

I am a skilled and experienced employment law attorney. I am an outspoken champion of employees who have been wronged in the workplace! Visit my website to see client reviews and results, or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Peter M. LaSorsa
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Experienced litigator, concentrating in sexual harassment cases.

Peter has appeared before Judges at the EEOC and federal court and litigated hundreds of cases to success. I handle all cases personally and interact one-on-one with all my clients. Read More »
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Mr. Michael T. Smith Esquire
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Roselle, IL Employment Law Lawyer
(847) 895-0626 440 W. Irving Park Road
Roselle, IL 60172
Employment
St Charles, IL Employment Law Lawyer
(630) 377-1554 2035 Foxfield Rd
St Charles, IL 60174
Employment
Heather Chastain Parker
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Naperville, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(630) 320-2068 1300 Iroquois Ave Ste 220A
Naperville, IL 60563
Employment, Business and Consumer
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Brian D. Moore
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Aurora, IL Employment Law Lawyer
(630) 717-7801 75 Executive Dr
#343
Aurora, IL 60504
Free ConsultationEmployment
Northern Illinois University College of Law
Lisle, Illinois Employment Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(630) 505-4110 4343 Commerce Court
Lisle, ILLINOIS 60532
Employment, Business, Criminal and Family
Southern Illinois University College of Law
Lisle, Illinois Employment Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(630) 505-4122 4343 Commerce Court
Lisle, ILLINOIS 60532
Employment, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Loyola University School of Law
Lisle, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(630) 505-0010 4343 Commerce Ct
Lisle, IL 60532
Employment, Business, Education and Real Estate
Rolling Meadows, IL Employment Law Lawyer
(312) 788-3310 3701 Algonquin Road Ste 390
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Employment
Lisle, IL Employment Law Attorney
(630) 955-6598 2300 Cabot Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
Employment, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Kent College of Law
Arlington Heights, IL Employment Law Lawyer
(847) 670-9000 3030 W Salt Creek Ln
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Employment and Education
Jaclyn N. Diaz
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Illinois Employment Law Lawyer

Loyola University Chicago School of Law and University of Illinois College of LawIllinois and U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
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Marcia Gerber Cotler
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Illinois Employment Law Lawyer with 30 years experience

Georgetown University Law CenterSupreme Court of the State of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 7th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court
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Addison, IL Employment Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(210) 383-3699 2349 W Lake St
Ste 250
Addison, IL 60101
Employment
St. Mary's University School of Law
Crystal Lake, Illinois Employment Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(815) 459-5123 500 Coventry Lane
Crystal Lake, ILLINOIS 60014
Employment, Business, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice
University of Illinois College of Law
Bloomingdale, IL Employment Law Lawyer
171 Covington Dr
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Employment
Warrenville, IL Employment Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(630) 821-2261 4101 Winfield Rd
Warrenville, IL 60555
Employment and Environmental
Baylor Law School
Barrington, IL Employment Law Lawyer
(847) 382-8354 230 Frances Ln
Barrington, IL 60010
Employment and Arbitration & Mediation
Schaumburg, IL Employment Law Lawyer
(847) 995-1205 1051 Perimeter Drive, Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Employment
Adam Gana
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111 W Jackson
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Chicago, IL 60604
Free ConsultationChicago, IL Employment Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
Employment, Appeals, Business and Insurance Claims
New York Law School
Adam Gana serves as the managing partner of the law firm of Gana Weinstein LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of securities arbitration. Mr. Gana's experience includes securities arbitration and litigation in various dispute resolution forums including JAMS, NFA and FINRA and litigation in both State and Federal Courts. As lead counsel, Mr. Gana has tried more than forty cases to verdict before the state and federal trial and appellate courts, AAA, and has settled hundreds more cases through mediation and direct negotiation.

Mr. Gana was named in the New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars® for eight straight years (an...
Philip Fornaro
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Hinsdale, IL Employment Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(708) 639-4320 23 Lincoln Street
Unit 101
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Philip M. Fornaro is the managing attorney at Fornaro Law. Adopting a “never give up” attitude, Philip has become known for his ability to succeed where others fail for the last 20 years. His decision to diversify his practice in 2004 has resulted in the creation of a full service law firm which provides quality representation in a variety of legal areas. Philip follows the rule that positive energy will yield positive results. This energy is the driving force behind the success of Fornaro Law. He has become adept at creating a network and team between clients,...
Daniel J. Voelker
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Chicago, IL Employment Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(312) 870-5430 600 W Jackson Blvd
#100
Chicago, IL 60661
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, IP and Real Estate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
The Voelker Litigation Group represents clients in contract, business, construction, real estate, trust and estate, class action, financial institution, intellectual property, and labor and employment disputes. The firm and its attorneys have handled cases of all sizes from the relatively small matter to high-stakes litigation and have represented a cross-section of clients from the entrepreneur or sole-proprietor, to middle market and Fortune 500 companies.

The founder of the firm, Daniel J. Voelker, has built a solid reputation as a highly-effective trial attorney, a skilled negotiator and a person with exceptional financial savvy. He has been a litigator for over 30 years...
Peter S. Lubin
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Elmhurst, IL Employment Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(833) 306-4933 360 W Butterfield Rd
#325
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Communications and Consumer
University of Chicago
Peter S. Lubin Firm has been practicing law for over 35 years. Peter brings a rich range of courtroom experience to assist his commercial and class-action litigation clients. Peter has been lead defense counsel in a number of "bet the company" class actions that he has successfully defended. He has also been lead plaintiff's class counsel on numerous multi-million dollar class national and statewide class action. Peter has represented many corporations or businesses in a wide variety of complex business disputes including corporate freeze-outs, copyright infringement, trade secret theft, non-compete agreement and libel and defamation cases. Peter obtained an AB...
Misty J. Cygan
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Illinois Employment Law Lawyer with 12 years experience

Misty has worked hard to become an attorney, which was her dream. She earned her two undergraduate degrees while being on active duty in the United States Air Force. She graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina... Read More »
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Dana Djokic
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Illinois Employment Law Attorney with 17 years experience

Dana Djokic worked in-house for AIG Staff Counsel from 2006 through 2018 handling the defense of workers' compensation claims of various complexities. She has tried many cases before the Illinois Workers' Compensation... Read More »
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Elgin Employment Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

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Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.

This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.

Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.

Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.


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