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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.


Practice areas

  1. Discrimination: 40%
  2. Arbitration: 25%
  3. Employee Benefits: 20%
  4. Mediation: 10%
  5. Employment: 5%

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Contact info

Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz

222 North La Salle Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL, 60601


ILNot Authorized To Practice Law Due To Discipline197905/17/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in IL, 2014


    Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a specific period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Leading Lawyers Network, 2005--2013Martindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerVedder Price P.C.1991 - 2013
PartnerPope Ballard Shepard & Fowle1983 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Manufacturers' Assn.General Counsel1999 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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Publication nameTitleDate
IMA Human Resources MemoTo Tweet or Not to Tweet: A Workplace Question With Serious Consequences2011
The Illinois Manufacturer MagazineEmployers Have Few Tools Available to Stem FLMA Abuse2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Illinois CollegeHistory & Polit. Sci.BA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IMA Breakfast BriefingThe Obama Labor Board and Its Impact on Manufacturers2012
IMA Breakfast BriefingCollective Bargaining on Immigration-Related Issues2011
IMA Breakfast BriefingPolicies and Practices to Improve Morale and Productivity2010