Mr. Sachs serves as head of the Labor and Employment Group at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, a business law firm with offices in Michigan, Illinois, Nevada, and California.

Without the benefit of a high school diploma or GED, he obtained an Associate’s Degree from the College of Lake County at age 18. He then graduated from Northwestern University in 1986, before matriculating to the University of Illinois College of Law, where for two years he served as Research Assistant to former Dean, Thomas M. Mengler.

Since graduating from law school in 1989, Mr. Sachs has practiced labor and employment law exclusively for management clients ranging in size from small community hospitals to Fortune 500 corporations. On the traditional labor law side, Mr. Sachs frequently represents clients when unions attempt to organize their employees, or when unionized employees attempt to oust their incumbent union. He routinely serves as chief negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations nationwide on behalf of both public and private sector employers and he has litigated numerous grievance arbitrations. Mr. Sachs also regularly represents clients in complex proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

On the employment law side, Mr. Sachs defends employers in state and federal court proceedings across the country, as well as in administrative matters before the United States Departments of Labor, various state and local Human Rights Commissions, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For many clients he takes a proactive approach to employment litigation avoidance by becoming an active part of the human resource team. For example, he regularly counsels clients on managing excessive employee absence and leave abuse consistent with the Family and Medical Leave Act and disability discrimination laws.

Mr. Sachs is a frequent speaker on personnel matters for employers as well as various academic institutions and employer organizations, including the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Michigan Manufacturers’ Association, the Illinois Bankers’ Association, the Illinois Community Bankers Association, Lorman Educational Services, the National Business Institute, Millikin University and the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Mr. Sachs actively participates in the giving community. He has served as Chairman of the Allocation Committee of the Howard & Howard Community Reinvestment Fund, an employee-funded, donor-advised trust that has donated over $3 million to local charitable organizations since its inception in 1986. 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. Mr. Sachs 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. Most recently, he agreed to serve on the Board of Prairie State Legal Services. Mr. Sachs has been designated as a “Master of the Bench” and Emeritus Member the Abraham Lincoln Inn of the American Inns of Court. He also has been peer-rated as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” and an “Illinois Leading Lawyer” and enjoys peer recognition as an AV-rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Sachs served as a member of the Labor and Employment Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association from 2006 to 2013.

Leonard W. Sachs

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