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Fern Trevino has earned the highest rating for legal ability and ethics from the highly respected attorney rating service, Martindale Hubbell.  Leading Lawyers rated her as number 4 among plaintiff's employment attorneys in the state of Illinois. The Law Bulletin Board selected her as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Illinois for individual consumers of legal services.  Since 1993, Ms. Trevino's peers have selected her as a Leading Illinois Lawyer.  She has also earned recognition as a SuperLawyer and a Top Lawyer.  In 1997, she was selected as one of 100 women making a difference by Today’s Chicago Magazine.

 Ms. Trevino over 30 years of practicing employment law.  Before she launched her firm, she represented small-to-medium sized businesses and international corporations in federal and state court and before civil rights agencies, thus bringing a comprehensive perspective to each case.  Since 1992, she has limited her practice exclusively to the representation of executives and employees. Her adversaries have included large corporations such as Pepsi Americas, Motorola, Northern Trust, Weyerhaueser, Schneider National Carriers, Worldwide Flight Services, and many others.  The Law Offices of Fern Trevino rejects all requests from employers for defense representation.

Within the employment law field, Ms. Trevino concentrates in certain areas, including whistleblower actions, discrimination (gender, pregnancy, race, national origin, age, religious, and disability), sexual harassment, retaliation for having complained of discrimination or sexual harassment (also known as retaliatory discharge), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, and severance, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and other employment law contracts.  She also counsels employees on how to manage difficult work place issues.  Her firm also handles Fair Labor Standards Act matters.  

In addition to an active litigation practice, Ms. Trevino frequently mediates and negotiates on behalf of her clients.  A creative and aggressive negotiator, she has successfully negotiated hundreds of severance, separation, and non-compete agreements.  She is recognized among mediators and opposing counsel as a professional, firm, and tough negotiator. 

Ms. Trevino has extensive experience counseling senior executives and other professionals as well as salaried and hourly employees on various employment issues.  She understands that employees in transition require individualized, prompt service.  She prides herself on helping clients make informed, well-reasoned decisions by guiding them through the available options, explaining the pros and cons of each option, and developing and implementing a strategic plan of action.  Whether she aggressively litigates, negotiates, counsels behind the scenes or merely recommend changes to a severance agreement depends on the client’s goals, as well as the facts and the law.  Her mission is to achieve a successful resolution for every client.

Ms. Trevino has been invited to speak on employment law issues for the Chicago Bar Association’s Speaker’s Bureau and as a guest lecturer.  She has appeared on radio and television programs to discuss employment law issues.  In 1999, she served as a Faculty Member at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 100%
    32 years


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211 West Wacker Dr, Suite 1650
Chicago, IL, 60606-1237


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198311/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rated No. 4 in Illinois as a plaintiff's employment attorneyLeading Lawyers Network2015
Top LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2011
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Top Lawyers in IllinoisChicago Lawyer Magazine2011
AV Peer Review rated attorneyLexisNexis2011
Top Ten Plaintiff's AttorneysLeading Lawyer Network2011
One of the top 50 female attorneys in IllinoisThe Law Bulletin Board2007
Top 50 leading women consumer lawyers in IllinoisLeading Lawyers Network2007
100 women making a diffrenceToday's Chicago Woman1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of Fern Trevino1992 - Present
AssociateBanta Cox & Hennessey1990 - 1992
AssociateEmployment Law Attorney, Regional Counsel’s Office, IRS.1987 - 1990
Asst. Corp. CounselCity of Chicago Law Dept., Employment Litigation Division1983 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
National Association of Women’s Business Owners, Chicago ChapterMember, Program Council1998 - 1999
National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter)Member1997 - Present
National Employment Lawyer’s AssociationCo-Chair, Programs Committee1997 - 1999
National Association of Women’s Business Owners, Chicago ChapterBoard of Directors1993 - 1995
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law CommitteeMember1993 - Present
National Association of Women’s Business Owners, Chicago ChapterMembership Retention Committee, Chair1993 - 1995
National Association of Women’s Business Owners, Chicago ChapterMember1992 - 1999
Chicago Bar AssociationLabor and Employment Law Committee & Speaker's BureauN/A
National Employment Lawyer’s Association, Illinois ChapterMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
WhistleblowerDuring trial, the matter resolved.
Retaliatory DischargeMatter Resolved
National Origin/Race DiscriminationJury verdict for employee upheld on appeal.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Loyola University Chicago School of LawFrenchBA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chicago Bar Association’s Speaker’s BureauEmployment law issuesN/A