Chicago, Illinois 60606-3300
Jim has spent his entire career defending employers exclusively in all facets of labor and employment law. His practice focuses on defending employers in traditional labor law, employment, and wage and hour litigation. He is experienced in labor and employment litigation analysis and defense, as well as providing advice and counsel to operations and human resource executives on a variety of issues regarding the development and implementation of employment policies and procedures, labor and employment issues involved in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, personnel transactions, and preventive labor and employment strategies and training.
In the course of practicing in labor relations and as a labor and employment lawyer, Jim has handled hundreds of union organizing campaigns across the country. He has negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements, ranging from single facility bargaining units to multi-employercontracts for over 200 employers covering thousands of employees. His practice has included warehousing and logistics, floral, trucking, automotive, steel, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming, and other industries. Jim has filed appearances in more than 300 representation (R) cases where a union election is being conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. He also negotiated first contracts after certification most often resulting with no agreement or terms most favorable to clients.
Jim has given workshops and webinars on wage and hour matters for the National Automobile Dealers Association, multiple state and labor area dealership organizations and various other associations. He is a frequent lecturer on maintaining a union-free environment.
Jim has been listed by the Labor Relations Institute, Inc., as one of the Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States. This designation is achieved based on the volume of clients represented over the last ten years and a win rate in access of 55 percent.
|Areas of Practice||1) Labor & Employment|
|Law School||Loyola University (J.D.,1973)|
|Education||Loyola University (M.S.,1986);Indiana University (B.S., 1966)|
|Bar Member / Association||IllinoisState Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Litchfield Cavo LLP|
Ms. Fitzgerald represents employers in a wide range of industries, including the entertainment, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and transportation industries.
Carol R. Freeman is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Ms. Freeman represents employers in employment law, labor relations, and related administrative claims and litigation.