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Jim has extensive experience representing employers in many different industries. His practice covers all aspects of labor and employment law including collective bargaining, arbitration, NLRB matters, litigation avoidance, and employment discrimination litigation before the agencies and courts. Jim has served as Chair of Vedder Price's Traditional Labor Practice Group (1994-2006).
On the litigation side, his work includes defending companies against claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination and harassment.
Jim counsels both unionized and non-unionized clients in complex and developing areas of labor and employment relations and contract administration. He has extensive collective bargaining experience and serves as chief negotiator for a variety of employers in many industries and in the public sector at the state, county, and muni levels. He has nandled complex interest arbitration cases in the private and public sectors. Additionally, he serves as outside counsel to the Illinois Manufacturers' Assn.
Jim provides practical, cost-effective guidance in all types of employee relations issues including workforce reductions; discipline and discharge; harassment and workplace investigations; disability accommodation; FMLA compliance and employee leaves of absence; and policy development and administration.
Management-side labor & employment law and related litigation; collective bargaining; arbitration; establishment and defense of restrictive covenants involving competition, trade secrets and other intellectual property.
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|IL||Not Authorized To Practice Law Due To Discipline||1979||08/17/2015|
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Illinois Leading Lawyers Network, 2005--2013||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Illinois Super Lawyers||2009|
|Partner||Vedder Price P.C.||1991 - 2013|
|Partner||Pope Ballard Shepard & Fowle||1983 - 1991|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Illinois Manufacturers' Assn.||General Counsel||1999 - 2013|
|Kapke v J.W. Hobbs Corp., Case No. 02-1085, U.S. Dist. Ct., C.D. IL (2003)||Judgement for Defendant|
|Brasic v. Heinemann's Inc. Bakeries, 121 F. 3d 281 (7th Cir. 1997)||Judgement for Defendant-Appellee|
|FDIC v Binetti, et. al., Case No. 10 CV 5083, N.D. IL (2011)||Defendants' motion to dismiss granted in part and denied in part.|
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|IMA Human Resources Memo||To Tweet or Not to Tweet: A Workplace Question With Serious Consequences||2011|
|The Illinois Manufacturer Magazine||Employers Have Few Tools Available to Stem FLMA Abuse||2011|
|University of Iowa College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Illinois College||History & Polit. Sci.||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|
|IMA Breakfast Briefing||The Obama Labor Board and Its Impact on Manufacturers||2012|
|IMA Breakfast Briefing||Collective Bargaining on Immigration-Related Issues||2011|
|IMA Breakfast Briefing||Policies and Practices to Improve Morale and Productivity||2010|