“I protect employers from union greed, government abuse, disloyal employees, malingerers, and malcontents.”
Lenny practices labor and employment law exclusively for management clients ranging in size from small community banks and hospitals to Fortune 500 corporations. On the labor law side, Lenny frequently represents clients when unions attempt to organize their employees or when employees attempt to oust their incumbent union. He routinely serves as chief negotiator in concessionary labor negotiations nationwide and has litigated numerous class action arbitrations. Lenny also regularly represents clients in complex proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. On the employment law side, Lenny defends employers in state and federal court and administrative proceedings across the country. For many clients, he takes a proactive approach to employment litigation avoidance by becoming an active part of the human resource team. He regularly counsels these clients on managing excessive employee absence and leave abuse consistent with the FMLA and disability discrimination laws.
- University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, College of Law, 1989
- Northwestern University, 1986
- College of Lake County, 1982
- The Abraham Lincoln American Inn of Court
- Master of the Bench, Emeritus
- Peoria County Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Civil Litigation and Labor and Employment Law Sections
- The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
- Illinois, 1989
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2013
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2013
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2008
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2005
- Supreme Court of the United States, 2004
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1999
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1999
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1992
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1990
- The Best Lawyers in America©, 2019
- Illinois Super Lawyers, 2009-2010; 2012-2019
- Corporate Counsel Edition, 2010-2011
- Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2007-2019
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
- Secured favorable resolutions for publicly listed corporations in several consolidated, nation-wide, unfair labor practice cases in which the NLRB sought to find holding companies to be single and/or joint employers with affiliated entities.
Over the past several years, served as chief negotiator for successor collective bargaining agreements against the Washington State Nurses Association, the Florida Nurses Association, the Service Employees International Union, the United Steelworkers of America, and the United Mineworkers, resulting in concessions and operational savings in excess of $20MM.
- Within a 12-month period, secured disclaimers of interest for a national retailer in New York City against the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, and for a public sector hospital in San Diego against the United Food & Commercial Workers. A disclaimer of interest is a rare occurrence; a union voluntarily decides it no longer wants to represent the employees that elected it.
- Counseled an extended care facility in successive representation elections against the Laborers Union of North American and the UAW.
- Counseled largest Caterpillar subcontractor to victory in successive NLRB conducted representation elections against the United Automotive Workers.
- Counseled clients concerning withdrawal of recognition of LIUNA, UA, and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
- Counseled the largest non-union government employer in the State of Illinois that defeated a "card-check" organizing campaign against AFSME.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, “2018 Human Resources Survival Guide,” October 16, 2018, Springfield, IL.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, Annual Conference, “It Isn’t Just Hollywood–Considerations for Banks, Boards, and Executives in the #MeToo Era,” September 29, 2018, St. Louis, MO.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, “2018 Guide to HR: Re-examining Policies, Procedures, Trainings, Protocols & Internal Practices to Minimizing Risk with Sexual Harassment, Bullying & Intimidation in the Workplace," June 5, 2018, Springfield, IL.
- Illinois Bankers Association, The One Conference, “2018 Bank HR Survival Guide,” March 2, 2018, East Peoria, IL.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, “2017 Guide to HR Sanity: Keeping Up with the Trump Administration,” October 12, 2017, Springfield, IL.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, “2017 Guide to HR Sanity in Post Election Year Madness,” June 21, 2017, Springfield, IL.
- Illinois Bankers Association, The One Conference, “2017 Bank HR Survival Guide,” March 3, 2017, East Peoria, IL.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, “Human Resources Round Table,” October 18, 2016, Springfield, IL.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, “2016 Guide to Human Resources Sanity in Election Year Madness,” June 22, 2016, Springfield, IL.
- Illinois Bankers Association, The One Conference, “2016 Bank HR Survival Guide,” March 4, 2016, East Peoria, IL.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, “HR Update: Digesting the Alphabet Soup Served by FMLA, ADA, ACA & FLSA,” November 4, 2015, Springfield, IL.
- Central Illinois Human Resource Group, "Navigating the Corn Maze of State and Federal Leave Laws," April 8, 2014, Champaign, IL.
- Society for Human Resource Management, Central Illinois Chapter, "Human Resource, 2014: A Roadmap to Survival," January 22, 2014, Springfield, IL.
- Community Bankers Association of Illinois, "Employment Law Update: Practical Advice for Managing Employees," June 11, 2013, Springfield, IL.
“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.” –Unknown
Lenny actively participates in the giving community. He serves as chairman emeritus of the Allocation Committee of the Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund, an employee-funded, donor-advised trust that has donated over $5 million to local charitable organizations since its inception in 1986. He also makes significant donations through his trademarked charity brand "Lenny the Lawyer®." He has served on the board of the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross, and is a former chair of the Clara Barton Society. Lenny also served on the board of the Heart of Illinois United Way where, for many years, he chaired the Legal Services Division for the United Way Campaign Cabinet. He is a past co-chair of the United Way Tocqueville Society and is a recipient of its "Philanthropist of the Year" award. He has served on the national board of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. He currently serves on the board of Prairie State Legal Services.