John M. Dickman

John Dickman is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office who concentrates his practice in employment litigation and counseling. His clients represent a broad spectrum of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and luxury consumer products. Of particular note is his representation of one of the world’s largest hedge funds for more than 15 years.

Mr. Dickman’s litigation practice is heavily focused on trade secret and non-compete litigation, representing employers seeking to enforce employment agreements, as well as employers seeking to hire employees who are subject to post-employment restrictions. He has also conducted numerous internal investigations concerning possible misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets by former and newly hired employees.

In addition, Mr. Dickman has litigated numerous matters involving ERISA claims. He has led successful representations of employers in executive compensation litigation and defeated arguments that executive incentive programs imposed unlawful restraints of trade, imposed unlawful forfeitures, and violated wage payment laws.

Mr. Dickman’s extensive employment litigation experience also covers the defense of age, race, sex, and disability discrimination claims, as well as sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, breach of contract, and common law tort claims. He has conducted investigations and handled lawsuits involving single plaintiffs, as well as major class actions in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has handled private arbitrations, and represented clients before such government agencies as the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Throughout his more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Dickman has assisted clients with preventative measures by providing advice and counsel over a broad range of labor and employment issues. He has helped employers draft documents and policies for alternative dispute resolution and arbitration programs; incentive and bonus compensation programs; restrictive covenants and protection of employer assets; wage and hour compliance; lift outs; reductions in force; disability leaves; and terminations. Mr. Dickman also regularly provides advice and counsel on employment issues arising in corporate transactions and due diligence.

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Areas of Practice 1) Discrimination, 2) Harassment, 3) Retaliation & Wrongful Termination Litigation, 4) ERISA Litigation, 5) Employment Law Advice, 6) Counseling, 7) and Training, 8) Labor, 9) Employment, 10) Executive Compensation, 11) and Employee Benefits and 12) Unfair Competition
Law School Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD, 1992
Education University of Iowa, B.B.A., 1987
Bar Member / Association Illinois State Bar Association
Most recent firm Winston & Strawn LLP
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