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Thanks for visiting my Avvo page. If you are looking for a lawyer, my firm will provide you an honest and accurate initial evaluation of your case. In the overwhelming majority of cases, we will then also investigate and develop your claim free of charge. We understand that working people often do not have the financial resources to pay the up front costs and legal fees required to protect their rights.


 Once we accept your case, you can expect professional, aggressive, and highly competent lawyers and staff to handle your case – always. We understand that filing a lawsuit against a current or former employer can be a personal and difficult decision. We provide a high level of personal attention to every client. Every case is fully staffed with at least two attorneys and a paralegal. When you call our office, you will either speak to an attorney directly or will receive a return telephone call within one day. We will attempt to resolve any concern that might arise during our representation of you. We commit ourselves to the successful outcome of every case.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 80%
    26 years, 800 cases
  2. Contracts: 10%
    26 years
  3. Class Action: 10%
    19 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($475-600/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ryan Michael Paulus

    Well-known, well-respected lawyer who fights hard for his clients. Highly recommended.


    Ryan Paulus Employment and labor Attorney
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  • Richard Hanus

    Doug Werman is a knowledgeable and seasoned attorney who I highly recommend for all employment/labor law and class action related matters. His approach is straight forward and honest, and I know him to be a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients.


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Contact info

77 W Washington, Suite 1402
Chicago, IL, 60602-3499

77 W Washington, Suite 1402
Chicago, IL, 60602-3499



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199005/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Pro Bono Service AwardFederal Bar Association2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
2012 Excellence Pro Bono ServiceFederal Bar Association (Chicago chapter)2012
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Pro Bono Service AwardUnited Way - Elgin2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerWerman Salas P.C. (formerly Werman Law Office P.C..)2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember - Fair Labor Standards Legislation CommitteeN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers Association (Illinois chapter)MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Arrez, et al. v. Kelly Services, Inc.Case Settled on Class-Wide Basis, $11,000,000.
Kim and Sorenson v. CHT Corp. and Charlie TrotterSettlement on Class-Wide Basis
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association publicationThe Fair Labor Standards Act2013
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationSettling Wage and Hour Class Actions2010
BNA publications, Daily Labor ReportDouglas Werman quoted in "Contingent Workers Kelly Services to Pay $11 Million to Settle Wage, Hour Suit on Behalf of Illinois Workers"2009
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationIllinois Wage and Hour Class Actions2008
Chicago LawyerDouglas Werman quoted in Lawyers See Steady Rise in Overtime Collective Actions2006
Pioneer PressDouglas Werman quoted in article entitled Recipe for a Lawsuit regarding wage and hour litigation in the restuarant industry2006
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationEmployment Law Flash Points1999
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationEmployment Law Flash Points1998
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationEmployment Law Flash Points1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wage and Hour Class ActionsSettlement of Wage & Hour Class Actions2013
Practising Law InstituteLitigating Wage and Hour Class Actions2013
Association for Continuing Legal EducationSettling Wage and Hour Class Actions2012
The Current Terrain In Class ActionsClass Action Litigation2011
Class Actions for Employment and Wage and Hour ClaimsWage and Hour Collective and Class Actions2011
Class Actions for Employment and Wage and Hour ClaimsSettling Employment Class Actions2011
Chicago Bar Association, Class Litigation CommitteeIns and Outs of Class Actions2011
Wage and Hour LitigationSettling Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions2010
Illinois Institue of Continuing Legal EducationIns and Outs of Class Action Suits2008
AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating CommitteeArbitrating Wage and Hour Cases2008
Illinois Institute Continuing Legal EducationNon-Compete Litigation in Illinois1998