I've practiced employment law for over 35 years, with a focus on helping clients avoid the changing pitfalls of the workplace.

I regularly advise and represent clients on a wide variety of employment issues, including hiring, testing, record keeping, discipline and discharge, discrimination, retaliation, collective bargaining, and wage and hour matters. I also counsel clients and other attorneys on matters involving all facets of electronically stored information (ESI), including forensics, litigation holds, and related issues, as well as discovery, production, preservation, and retention of ESI (commonly called eDiscovery). I also write policies and procedures related to general employment and eDiscovery issues, as well as issues arising from employee use of social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Additionally, I have experience conducting management and employee training in all facets of workplace law.

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Services

Business Litigation

In courtrooms, agencies, and tribunals across the country, we pursue our clients’ interests–both cost-effectively and with positive results.

Credentials

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, 1981
    • J.D., cum laude
  • Southern Illinois University, 1978
    • B.A., Political Science

Memberships

  • Seventh Circuit Council on eDiscovery and Digital Information
    • Steering Committee, Member and Membership Chair
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Peoria County Bar Association, President
  • The Abraham Lincoln American Inn of Court
    • President, 2014-2015

Admissions

  • Illinois, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2004
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1981

Professional Achievements

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2005-2019
    • Employment Law-Management
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
  • "Retention of E-mail—Why Bother?" InterBusiness Issues, February 2008.
  • "Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to Address Electronic Discovery." Labor & Employment Law Newsletter, Illinois State Bar Association, July 2006.
  • "Pitfalls of the New OFCCP Internet Applicant Regulations." Labor & Employment Law Newsletter, Illinois State Bar Association, March 2006.
  • "HIPAA Update: Understanding HIPAA." Illinois State Bar Association, 2nd ed., 2006.
  • "New Illinois Workplace Legislation." Labor & Employment Law Newsletter, Illinois State Bar Association, October 2005.

Experience

Presentations

  • Illinois Bankers Association, "HR Forum 2018," September 25, 2018, Springfield, IL; September 26, 2018, Rochelle, IL.
  • Community Bankers Association of Illinois, 43rd Annual Convention and Expo, "Privacy, Policy, and Platform Integrity: Real Headaches in a Virtual World," September 16, 2017, Springfield, IL.
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Practice Update: Review on E-Discovery, "Privacy Rules and the Internet: When (If Ever) Can You Search a Party's Computer?" May 19, 2016, Chicago, IL.
  • Community Bankers Association of Illinois, HR Update: Digesting the Alphabet Soup Served by FMLA, ADA, ACA & FLSA, "Wage & Hour Update—What's New?" November 4, 2015, Springfield, IL.
  • Illinois Bankers Association, HR Professional Development: Best Practices Seminar, "Wage and Hour Update—What's New?" and "Employer's Social Media Pitfalls," October 30, 2015, Springfield, IL.
  • 2nd Annual Employment Law: Beyond the Basics Seminar, "FLSA/Wage & Hour Crackdown," October 16, 2013, Bloomington, IL.