Aronberg Goldgehn attorneys provide the full range of legal counsel to employers nationwide, from evaluating and implementing decisions regarding hirings, layoffs, and terminations, including WARN Act analysis and severance agreements, to representing clients before federal and state courts, the Equal Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, other local, federal and state agencies, and in mediations and arbitrations.

Our employment attorneys have extensive experience in defending employers in employment law litigation and claims in addition to proactively counseling on employment and labor law matters, including:

Employment Counseling
  • Analyze and draft client personnel policies and employee handbooks
  • Conduct due diligence in acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, restructurings, and reductions-in-force
  • Evaluate and implement decisions regarding hirings, layoffs, and terminations, including WARN Act analysis and severance agreements
  • Negotiate executive employment, severance and change-in-control agreements
  • Advise and counsel on wage and hour issues
  • Conduct on-site training on preventive steps and programs to minimize litigation risk and improve workplace relations
  • Develop affirmative action plans, including government contract compliance and audit matters
  • Investigate harassment claims and advise on appropriate remedial action

Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Wrongful Termination Litigation
  • Age, sex, race, religious, national origin, sexual orientation, and other types of discrimination and harassment under federal and state laws
  • Retaliation and wrongful termination, including whistleblower claims
  • Americans With Disabilities Act claims
  • Family & Medical Leave Act and state law leave claims
  • WARN Act
  • OSHA compliance
  • State law tort claims

Employment Class Action Litigation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions
  • ERISA, Title VII, disparate treatment, adverse impact
  • Pattern and practice actions
  • ADEA class actions

ERISA Litigation
  • Pension plan modification and termination
  • Benefit claims
  • Employment law and benefits plan claims
  • Fiduciary issues

Unfair Competition, Restrictive Covenants, and Trade Secrets
  • TROs and preliminary injunctions
  • Breach of employment agreements
  • Wrongful disclosure of trade secrets and other confidential information
  • Non-compete, non-solicitation agreement enforcement

Whistleblower Matters
  • Internal and on-site investigations of whistleblower claims
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Air 21 claims

Traditional Labor Law
  • Corporate campaign strategy and response
  • Union unfair labor practice charges
  • Unit determination matters

Aronberg Goldgehn's Women's Initiative Honors Businesswoman Rowena Zimmers With Its 2017 Inspiration Award
10.17.17

Rowena Zimmers accepted Aronberg Goldgehn's 2017 Inspiration Award at its 2nd Annual Inspiration Award Luncheon.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - What Is the Future of the Obama Administration's Overtime Rule?
09.28.17

The future of the overtime rule is unknown, but there are some indications as to where it might be heading.... Read More


Nate Lichtenstein and Amy Gibson Presenting Employment Law: Highlights From 2017 and Beyond
09.20.17

On September 27, Aronberg Goldgehn members Nate Lichtenstein and Amy Gibson will present “Employment Law: Highlights From 2017 and Beyond.”... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - Is Your Former Employee Violating a Non-Solicitation Agreement Through Social Media Activity?
08.03.17

With the ever-increasing popularity of social media, many employers are left wondering whether their non-solicitation agreement prevents solicitation through social media.... Read More


Amy M. Gibson, Kari E. Kaplan and Mary V. Hays Named in Crain's List of The Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago
08.01.17

Aronberg Goldgehn Members Amy M. Gibson, Kari E. Kaplan and Mary V. Hays have been listed in Crain’s Custom Media’s inaugural edition of The Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - Update On the Cook County and City of Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinances
07.17.17

An update on the new ordinances establishing a right to paid sick leave for certain employees who work within Cook County or the City of Chicago.... Read More


Amy Gibson Presenting a Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Q&A to the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators
06.29.17

On August 1, 2017, Aronberg Goldgehn member Amy Gibson will cover the ins and outs of the new paid sick leave rules.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - Is Your Business Prepared to Comply With the Cook County and City of Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinances That Become Effective July 1, 2017?
06.08.17

A guide to the new ordinances establishing a right to paid sick leave for certain employees who work within Cook County or the City of Chicago.... Read More


19 Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers By Illinois Leading Lawyers
04.27.17

Eighteen of the firm’s members have been named Leading Lawyers by Illinois Leading Lawyers, a designation awarded to less than 5 percent of Illinois attorneys.... Read More


6 Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named Emerging Lawyers By Illinois Leading Lawyers
04.26.17

Katie Attebery, Amy Gibson, Julie Johnson, Kari Kaplan, Tim Nelson and Amber LaFevers have been named Emerging Lawyers by Illinois Leading Lawyers, a designation awarded to less than 2 percent of Illinois attorneys.... Read More


David A. Johnson Jr. Co-Presenting Starting and Running a Home Based Small Business
04.24.17

On May 2, 2017, Aronberg Goldgehn attorney David A. Johnson Jr. will be co-presenting “Starting and Running a Home Based Small Business,” a workshop offered by The Law Project.... Read More


David A. Johnson Jr. Presenting on Corporate Structures at the Chicago Inventors Organization's Pro Bono Law Evening
04.12.17

Aronberg Goldgehn attorney David A. Johnson Jr. will be presenting at The Chicago Inventors Organization’s “Pro Bono Law Evening” on April 25, 2017.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - Seventh Circuit Rules That Title VII Covers Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
04.05.17

The Seventh Circuit has become the first federal appellate court to rule that discrimination of an employee based on sexual orientation is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964.... Read More


David A. Johnson Jr. Joins Aronberg Goldgehn's Business Law & Transactions Group
03.23.17

David Johnson Jr. is a general business attorney who represents growing companies and medical practices throughout Illinois and Wisconsin in all stages of operation, including in unique and complex transactions.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named "Rising Stars By Illinois Super Lawyers
01.23.17

Staci L. Balbirer, Amy M. Gibson, Julie A. Johnson, Kari E. Hoelting Kaplan, Amber O. LaFevers and Timothy R. Nelson have been named “Rising Stars” by Illinois Super Lawyers.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - Department of Labor Seeks Appeal of Nationwide Injunction Blocking New Overtime Rule
12.02.16

The U.S. DOL has filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which entered a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation of revised rules regarding overtime.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - Illinois Enacts Employee Sick Leave Act Effective January 1, 2017
09.14.16

House Bill 6162 has been signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, creating the Employee Sick Leave Act. The Act takes effect January 1, 2017, and provides Illinois employees with more flexibility in their use of existing company provided sick leave benefits.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Sponsoring the 18th Annual Illinois Bar Foundation Gala
09.07.16

Aronberg Goldgehn is honored to be the Northern Illinois University Fellowship Sponsor for the Illinois Bar Foundation’s 2016 Gala, where Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will be presented with the 2016 Distinguished Award for Excellence.... Read More


John Sciaccotta Elected to Membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
08.08.16

Litigator John C. Sciaccotta has been elected a Member of the prestigious Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn's Women's Initiative Hosts Its Inaugural Inspiration Award Luncheon
08.01.16

Ulta Beauty General Counsel Jodi Caro Honored With the 2016 Inspiration Award... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - The Defense of Trade Secrets Act of 2016; Enhanced Protection for Confidential Information and Trade Secrets
06.23.16

The Defense of Trade Secrets Act took effect in May, amending the Economic Espionage Act, and providing a private right of civil legal action for businesses.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - DOL Final FLSA Overtime Rules Effective December 1, 2016
05.23.16

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its revised rules determining which white-collar employees are - or are not - entitled to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime pay protections.... Read More


Bob Sodikoff and Son Featured in the Law Day Edition Of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
04.29.16

Aronberg Goldgehn member Robert N. Sodikoff and his son, also a lawyer, are featured in the annual Law Day Edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - Illinois and Chicago Mandated Paid Sick Leave
04.25.16

Paid sick leave and family leave laws already are in place in numerous jurisdictions across the country in both states and municipalities. Now Illinois and Chicago are poised to join in.... Read More


ERISA Update - Breaking News
03.01.16

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that ERISA pre-empts state law.... Read More


ERISA Update - Supreme Court Dramatically Limits ERISA Plans' Right to Reimbursement
01.25.16

In a decision that impacts ERISA plans’ ability to obtain reimbursement of benefits paid to, and on behalf of, plan participants, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that plans cannot recover funds spent by the participant.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - Supreme Court Rules Unaccepted Settlement Offer Does Not Moot Class Action Lawsuits
01.20.16

In a blow to class action defendants, the Supreme Court has ruled that a defendant cannot use a settlement offer or a Rule 68 offer of judgment to cut off plaintiff’s claims.... Read More


Employment Law Trending Now - OSHA Issues Draft Guidance on Anti-Retaliation Protection
12.18.15

Early 2016 will be an important time for employers to take a close look at their employee whistleblower and anti-retaliation programs and update their training and policies to implement the latest legal requirements.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Appoints New Practice Group Chairs
07.29.15

Nate Lichtenstein and Amy Rapoport Gibson Will Lead the Commercial Litigation Group; Paul Gilman and Tim Nelson, Business Law & Transactions... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Ranked No. 1 for Having the Highest Percentage of Women Associates Among Illinois' Largest Firms
07.14.15

Chicago Lawyer magazine’ has published the results of its annual diversity survey of the largest law firms in Illinois, and Aronberg Goldgehn has been ranked No. 1 in one analysis of the statistics.... Read More


John Sciaccotta Joins Aronberg Goldgehn
05.04.15

John Sciaccotta has joined Aronberg Goldberg as a member. He focuses his practice on litigation, arbitration and business counseling matters with a special emphasis on complex civil trial and appellate cases brought in federal and state courts throughout the country.... Read More


Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Illinois
01.12.15

Christopher J. Bannon, Jay A. Frank and Blooma Stark have been selected as Illinois ‘Super Lawyers;’ Kari E. Hoelting Kaplan, Amber N. LaFevers, Timothy R. Nelson and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson named ‘Rising Stars.’... Read More


Employment Law Update - The Illinois Human Rights Act Amended
01.01.15

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the Illinois Human Rights Act is amended to expand protections for workers and applicants related to pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions. This Update summarizes the Act.... Read More


Lisa Brodsky, Tim Nelson and Amy Gibson Elected New Members
01.01.15

Aronberg Goldgehn has elected Lisa J. Brodsky, Timothy R. Nelson and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson as Members of the firm, effective January 1, 2015.... Read More


Employment Law Update - Ban the Box Law Coming to Illinois
11.03.14

With the signing of the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act on July 19, 2014, Illinois employers are prohibited from requiring job applicants to check a box if they have criminal records.... Read More


Legal Netlink Alliance Spring General Meeting Held in Chicago
05.16.14

On May 16, Legal Netlink Alliance held its Spring General Meeting at the Standard Club in Chicago.... Read More


Hoelting Kaplan, LaFevers, Nelson and Gibson Named Rising Stars By Illinois Super Lawyers
01.13.14

Kari E. Hoelting Kaplan, Amber LaFevers, Timothy R. Nelson and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson have been designated as Rising Stars by Illinois Super Lawyers.... Read More


Katie Attebery, Amy Gibson, Tim Nelson and Julie Neubauer Named Rising Stars by Illinois Super Lawyers
08.29.13

Aronberg Attorneys Katherine A. Attebery, Amy M. Rapoport Gibson, Timothy R. Nelson and Julie A. Neubauer and have been designated Rising Stars in Illinois by Super Lawyers.... Read More


Eight Aronberg Goldgehn Attorneys Named 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers' and Rising Stars' in Illinois
01.04.13

Aronberg Goldgehn is pleased to announce that four attorneys were selected as Illinois ‘Super Lawyers’ for 2013 and four attorneys were designated as ‘Rising Stars’ in Illinois by Super Lawyers magazine.... Read More


Lisa Brodsky and Amy Rapoport Gibson Win ERISA Appeal in 8th Circuit Court
08.21.12

Aronberg Goldgehn litigators Lisa J. Brodsky and Amy M. Rapoport Gibson have obtained an appellate court victory before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in IBEW Pension Plan v Wright and Walker.... Read More


Benjamin Haskin Joins Aronberg Goldgehn as an Associate
12.09.11


Attebery, Morrison and Nelson Join Aronberg Goldgehn As Associates
11.29.10

Katherine Attebery, Angela Morrison and Timothy Nelson have joined Aronberg Goldgehn as associates.... Read More