Mr. Gifford has practiced labor and employment law and litigation in Central Illinois for over 30 years.
Gifford has practiced labor and employment law and litigation in Central
Illinois for over 30 years. He received his J.D., cum laude, from
Southern Illinois University School of Law in December 1980, where he was a Law
Review editor, and also served as a Special Investigator for the Illinois
Attorney General's Office.
Gifford regularly advises and represents 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. He also counsels 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. Mr.
Gifford has worked with clients and counsel on eDiscovery issues in numerous
areas of substantive law. He also writes 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
holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating
for ethics and legal ability.
Gifford is a frequent speaker before legal and human resources groups and
management seminars, addressing topics including eDiscovery and related issues,
employee use of social networking sites, harassment, discrimination and
retaliation, discipline and discharge, wage and hour and other issues. He has
also taught law related classes at Illinois Central College and Bradley
Gifford is admitted to practice and has represented clients on employment
matters before all of Illinois' courts, including the Illinois Supreme Court,
as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of
Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He
also regularly represents clients before the Illinois Human Rights Commission,
Illinois Department of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S.
Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Illinois Department of
Labor, Illinois Department of Transportation, and the Illinois Department of
Gifford is a member of the Illinois Bankers Association’s Human Resources
Committee. He has served as Vice
Chairman of the City of Peoria Personnel Appeals Board, and is the Past
President of The Abraham Lincoln Court. He is a past Director and current Vice
President of the Peoria County Bar Association. He has been selected as an
Illinois Leading Lawyer for management representation in employment matters for
2005 - 2019. Mr. Gifford is also the Membership Committee Co-Chair of the 7th
Circuit eDiscovery Pilot Program Committee, and a member of the Steering