Caryn C. Lederer

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F 312.604.2623
Caryn C. Lederer is a Partner of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She represents clients in a wide variety of complex litigation matters, with a focus on civil rights, constitutional law, class actions, labor and employment, and whistleblower litigation.

Ms. Lederer also advises individuals, organizations, non-profit institutions, and corporations on a range of employment issues such as employment and discrimination law, including drafting policies and employee manuals.

Through litigation, Ms. Lederer has obtained millions of dollars and systemic reform on behalf of people across the country who have experienced wage theft, discrimination, and other civil rights violations.  Recently, she served as the firm’s lead attorney in securing a $31 million settlement for more than 500 women working at the Cook County Jail in a lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office and County for systemic failures to protect them from sexual harassment and abuse from detainees. Ms. Lederer has also litigated individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of clients including senior executives, professionals, public servants, low-wage workers, and farmworkers. From 2010 to 2015 Ms. Lederer served as a principal attorney for the PROTEJE Program of the foreign ministry of the government of Mexico in impact litigation throughout the United States on behalf of Mexican nationals experiencing civil rights and labor and employment abuses.

Ms. Lederer founded the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and serves as its Co-Chair.

Ms. Lederer has been repeatedly recognized as a top employment attorney by Illinois Super Lawyers and Leading Lawyers and by Lawdragon as one of 500 Leading Plaintiff Employee & Civil Rights lawyers in the nation. In 2018, she was honored by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for providing outstanding contributions to justice for those experiencing homelessness. She serves on the Legal Advisory Board of ARISE Chicago and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Illinois Taskforce on Human Trafficking.  A frequent lecturer and speaker, Ms. Lederer has spoken at conferences, community events, advocate trainings, and in the media on issues including employment discrimination; sexual harassment; immigrants’ rights; workers’ rights; class action practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.

Ms. Lederer joined the firm in 2010. Her prior experience includes working with the Special Litigation Unit at New York Legal Assistance Group litigating class actions challenging systemic violations of low-income New Yorkers’ rights to government benefits and services and impact litigation on behalf of immigrants, people with disabilities, and consumers. Ms. Lederer also previously worked as a litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges in New York City and in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania.

Ms. Lederer is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Politics and participated in the International Human Rights Law Clinic.


Education

University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 2004) — Executive Editor, Journal of Law and Politics
Brandeis University (B.A. 2000) — magna cum laude — high honors in American Studies

Admissions

Illinois (2011)
New York (2005)
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Recognition

Named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine® (2015-2017)
Named a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine® (2018-2022)
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless 2018 Justice Circle Honoree
Named to the Rising Stars list in Illinois by Super Lawyers® (2014-2018)
Named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers® (2019-2022)
Selected by Lawdragon 500 as Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyer (2020-2022) and Civil Rights Lawyer (2021-2022)

Memberships / Associations

Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
Member, Illinois Taskforce on Human Trafficking
Member, ARISE Chicago Legal Advisory Board
Member, Professional Women’s Club of Chicago
Member, Young Professionals Board, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF) (2011-2015)
Writing Coach, Posse Foundation (2013-2015)

Presentations & Publications

Wage and Hour Law, presentation at the Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project Migrant Law Training (May 2019).

Best Practices in Providing Healthcare to Transgender and Gender Expansive Patients, presentation at Chicago Healthcare Risk Management Society’s Annual Conference (Apr. 28, 2017).

Best Practices in Providing Healthcare to Transgender and Gender Expansive Patients, presentation to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital (March 20, 2017).

Northwestern University Community Forums on Travel Ban Executive Order & Immigration Policies, panel discussion at Northwestern University Chicago and Evanston campuses (Feb. 16, 2017 and Feb. 22, 2017).

Trump’s Executive Orders and What They Mean for Immigration, panel discussion at the University of Chicago Law School (Feb. 3, 2017).

Advocating for Immigrants’ and Workers’ Rights, presentation at the University of Chicago Law School (Feb. 17, 2015).

Discovery Issues in Farmworker Litigation, presentation at the National Farmworker Law Conference (Nov. 13, 2014).

Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Fee-Shifting Cases, presentation at the National Farmworker Law Conference (Nov. 12, 2014).

The Availability of Accessible and Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities, Testimony before the New York Assembly Standing Committee on Housing Task Force on People with Disabilities; New York, NY (Nov. 13, 2009).

Technology Enhanced Trial Practice, Training Program for Office of Military Commissions Guantánamo defense and prosecution attorneys, Williamsburg, VA (repeat presentations in Jul. 2007-Aug. 2008).

Languages

English

Representative Matters

United States ex rel. Cretney-Tsosie v. Creekside Hospice II LLC. Represented plaintiff/relator in a False Claims Act action against a Nevada hospice provider for submitting false claims to Medicare for hospice services for patients who were ineligible for reimbursement and for inappropriate physician charges. HSPRD successfully resolved the case as part of a $54 million global settlement of multiple cases, obtaining $10.8 million for our client’s case.

Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms, Inc., Represented H-2A guest workers in a class and collective action against a Nevada onion farm for unpaid wages, resulting in a successful settlement of $2.8 million.

Escobar, et al. v. Gaines, et. al. Represented victims of a warrantless raid in Nashville, Tennessee conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officers. ICE and MNPD agreed to pay $310,000 to settle all claims. Related settlements were reached with private defendants in the case.

American Immigration Council v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Represented the American Immigration Council in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation seeking records concerning “voluntary” returns of noncitizens from the United States to their countries of origin. As a result of the lawsuit, the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection released several hundred pages of previously withheld records.

Cristobal Lopez, et al. v. Fish Farms, et al. Represented 14 Mexican agricultural guestworkers in a lawsuit against a Tennessee tomato farm that recruited the workers through the federal government’s H-2A visa program, subjected them to discrimination, inhumane working conditions, and then retaliation for complaining to federal and state authorities. HSPRD, with co-counsel Southern Migrant Legal Services, successfully resolved the lawsuit with a settlement of $390,000.

Successfully represented an executive employee in litigating Title VII retaliation and breach of contract claims against his employer, resulting in a favorable resolution for our client.

Successfully litigated claims including labor trafficking, race discrimination, and wage and hour violations for a group of migrant farmworkers, resulting in a favorable resolution for our clients.

Successfully represented a Vice President of a financial services firm in litigating sex and age discrimination claims against her employer, resulting in a favorable resolution for our client.

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