Joshua L. Ditelberg

Mr. Ditelberg is a partner engaged in a broad-based labor and employment practice. His practice includes a particular focus on labor relations and the employment-related aspects of corporate transactions, business restructuring, and workforce reductions.

Mr. Ditelberg is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Workplace Restructuring and Transactions Group. The Group is devoted to managing labor and employment issues arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; subcontracting and outsourcing; workforce reductions; facility closings, relocations and consolidations; corporate reorganizations; bankruptcy; and ESOPs. The Group’s goal is to achieve clients’ business objectives by minimizing legal risk and creating significant economic value, e.g., through transaction planning and negotiations, due diligence, workforce analyses, and pre- and post-closing human resources management.

Mr. Ditelberg has extensive experience with all aspects of labor relations law, including collective bargaining, NLRB litigation, strike preparation and management, union avoidance/corporate campaigns, federal litigation under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act, and arbitration. He has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements in a range of industries, including with the Teamsters, UAW, USW, IAM, SEIU, UNITE HERE, and UFCW.

Mr. Ditelberg practiced labor and employment law in Boston before joining Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Ditelberg served as a law clerk to Judge Ralph B. Guy, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and to Associate Justice Joseph R. Weisberger of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

Mr. Ditelberg is the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, a leading professional organization in the fields of industrial relations and human resources management. He has been selected as a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network and an Illinois Super Lawyer by Law & Politics, designations awarded to the top 5% of attorneys in Illinois.

Mr. Ditelberg has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a national organization established through an initiative of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. Election as a fellow is the highest recognition by colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence.

Mr. Ditelberg is Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at John Marshall Law School. Additionally, he has lectured on labor and employment subjects to numerous organizations including the American Arbitration Association University, the Practicing Law Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association.

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Areas of Practice 1) Workplace Counseling & Solutions, 2) Labor & Employment, 3) Labor & Employee Relations, 4) Employment Litigation and 5) Employment Law Training
Law School The University of Michigan Law School ( J.D., 1991)
Education University of Pennsylvania (M.A.,B.A.,1987)
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Massachusetts State Bar Association
Most recent firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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