Litigation matters for executive clients
- Obtained the prompt dismissal of counterclaims brought against client in federal court for breach of fiduciary duty.
- Filed counterclaims against an employer who sued client, resulting in not only the dismissal of the employer’s claims against the client, but payment to the client as well.
- Favorably resolved state law claim of breach of contract to seek recovery of six-figure severance payment in complex change of control situation. Zarazinski v. ACCO Brands Corp. and General Binding Corp., Circuit Court of Cook County No. 2006-L-8297.
- Defended misappropriation of trade secrets and non-compete claims filed against clients in federal court.
Wage and hour matters - Individual and Class Actions
- Defeated defendant’s motion to dismiss claim of high-level executive seeking payment of final compensation under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Cornell v. BP America, Inc., N.D. Ill. No. 14-C-2123.
- Certified as class counsel for large group of employees alleging that they were not paid overtime, and were subjected to unlawful rounding and deduction policies. Singer, et al. v. Lockport Beef, LLC, et al., N.D. Ill. No. 14-C-0670.
- Obtained class certification for a large group of employees who provided delivery services and alleged that they were misclassified as independent contractors. Brandon, et al. v. 3PD, Inc., N.D. Ill. No. 13-C-3745.
- Obtained a $2.5 million lawsuit settlement on behalf of a class of workers who alleged that they had not been paid overtime wages. Leon, et al. v. El Milagro, N.D. Ill. No. 11-C-4255.
- Obtained a $2.6 million lawsuit settlement on behalf of a class of food facility plant workers who had not been paid for the time spent putting on and taking off required safety equipment. Cardenas, et al. v. John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., N.D. Ill. No. 10-CV-01354.
- Obtained a $920,000 settlement on behalf of a class of meat-processing plant workers who had not been paid for the time spent putting on and taking off required safety equipment. Sanchez, et al. v. Stampede Meat, Inc., N.D. Ill. No. 02-C-5452.
- Obtained a consent judgment in favor of a group of landscaping employees who sued their employer for failure to pay overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Palmerin, et al. v. Serra Landscaping, Inc., f/k/a John Serra Landscaping, Inc., and John Serra, individually, N.D. Ill. No. 06-C-1115.
Discrimination, harassment and retaliation matters
- Represented an employee diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression who had been terminated after taking a medical leave. The employee alleged that she was terminated in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case was settled favorably to the employee’s satisfaction.
- Brought suit on behalf of a nurse suing her former employer, a nursing home, for failure to pay owed overtime and retaliation in violation of the Illinois Whistleblower Act. The case settled to the client’s satisfaction.
- Obtained settlement to the satisfaction of the client in a sexual harassment and retaliatory termination case in federal court.