Labor and Employment Law


Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.’s labor and employment group includes some of the most experienced and highly regarded labor and employment lawyers in Chicago. Before joining the firm, our labor and employment lawyers held positions such as Deputy Corporation Counsel, in charge of all litigation matters for the City of Chicago; Chief of the Labor and Employment Division of the City of Chicago Law Department; and Supervisory Trial Attorney for the Chicago office of the EEOC.

Learn more about our labor and employment law practice

We represent and counsel both employers and employees, in both the private and public sector, and in virtually all areas of labor and employment law, including:

  • Labor-management relations, disputes and collective bargaining

  • Class actions and impact litigation

  • Wage and hour issues

  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims and investigations

  • Contract and severance agreements and negotiations

  • Wrongful discharge claims

  • Whistleblower claims

  • Workplace tort and misconduct investigations and claims

  • H.R./personnel policies and employee handbooks

  • Affirmative action plans

  • Covenants not to compete and non-disclosure agreements,

  • Public-employer Monell and constitutional issues

Because we represent both employers and employees, our lawyers have insights and perspectives that employer-only or employee-only lawyers and law firms seldom develop. We are familiar with both sides and, as a result, are more effective advocates for each. We know how to represent employers while minimizing both the cost and impact on ongoing business operations. For employees, we work tenaciously to maximize recoveries and relief, including systemic reform of discriminatory workplace policies and practices.







  • HSPRD Congratulates Partner Deane B. Brown On A Three-Peat

    January 23, 2015

    Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. congratulates our new partner, Deane B. Brown, on being named to the list of the Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois for the third consecutive year in the 2015 issue of Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine, published in conjunction with Chicago Magazine. Deane was also named to the list of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Illinois for the sixth consecutive year in 2015.



  • HSPRD Attorneys Win at Trial

    April 2, 2014

    HSPRD partners Chris Wilmes and Josh Karsh convinced a jury to award $87,000 in lost wages and pain and suffering damages for an immigrant custodial worker who illegally lost her job because of an old arrest record.


  • Rivera Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms, Inc.

    February 10, 2014

    In the case of Rivera Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms, Inc., the court of appeals held that the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to reimburse agricultural guestworkers for their travel, immigration, and recruitment expenses during their first work week. This decision could affect employment cases across the country.In the case of Rivera Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms, Inc., the court of appeals held that the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to reimburse agricultural guestworkers for their travel, immigration, and recruitment expenses during their first work week. This decision could affect employment cases across the country.