Labor & Employment

People are an employer’s most critical asset.   And the employer-employee relationship works best when it is based on clear ground rules and an understanding of mutual obligations.  Much Shelist’s labor & employment attorneys give employers answers and advice quickly with your business needs in mind. Our job is to provide counsel proactively, negotiate on your behalf when necessary, and litigate forcefully when the situation warrants.  When urgent questions arise regarding issues such as firing an employee or handling an unexpected medical leave, and you need answers fast, we are accessible and responsive.

Practice Group Leadership

Sheryl Jaffee Halpern, Chair

Attorneys

William N. Anspach, Jr.
Principal
William N. Anspach, Jr.
Principal

Bill Anspach has extensive experience in virtually all areas of employee benefits, including designing and implementing qualified plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation plans and other deferred compensation programs.  Bill, who leads the firm's Employee Benefits practice, provides his clients with ongoing counsel on the operation of these plans, and is regularly involved in litigation regarding ERISA and other employee benefits matters. 

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Jeff J. Astarabadi
Principal
Jeff J. Astarabadi
Principal

Jeff Astarabadi, a Principal in the firm's Orange County, California office, concentrates his practice in civil litigation, representing clients in both the prosecution and defense of complex business and real estate matters involving construction, insurance, outdoor advertising, trade secrets, unfair competition and employment issues.

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Irving M. Geslewitz
Principal
Irving M. Geslewitz
Principal

Irv Geslewitz, is a "one-stop shop" when it comes to representing and counseling his clients in any matter relating to employment laws and labor relations.  A principal in the firm's Labor & Employment  group, Irv has extensive experience representing employers and executives on issues or disputes arising out of the employment relationship.  He also handles the entire gamut of labor relations issues that confront management in a unionized setting. His experience ranges from reviewing and helping prepare employment contracts, policies and manuals to representing clients in employment-related litigation in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies. 

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Sheryl Jaffee Halpern
Principal
Sheryl Jaffee Halpern
Principal

Sheryl Jaffee Halpern, Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment group, helps employers make important decisions about their employees in a way that is designed to minimize risk. She counsels employers on a wide range of employment matters, providing clear, direct guidance designed to promote legal compliance, while remaining cognizant of the practical workplace realities her clients face.

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Thomas C. Koessl
Principal
Thomas C. Koessl
Principal

Thomas C. Koessl defends corporations and individuals against employment-related claims, helping businesses and executives avoid or minimize the financial and public-relations costs associated with such disputes. Tom has represented small, large and multinational corporations, as well as CEOs and high-profile leaders, in numerous federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings. His work is broad ranging. In addition to helping clients address allegations of race, sex and national-origin discrimination, he provides counsel on matters such as breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, securities, environmental contamination, defamation, and legal and accounting malpractice lawsuits.

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Melinda J. Morales
Principal
Melinda J. Morales
Principal

Melinda J. Morales is an accomplished litigator with 20 years of experience representing businesses and individuals in a broad range of complex class action and commercial litigation matters involving, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), including the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA); the Truth in Lending Act (TILA); the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA); and related consumer protection statutes.

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Robert K. Neiman
Principal
Robert K. Neiman
Principal

Bob Neiman is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on health care regulatory counseling and litigation, employment-related counseling and litigation, and commercial litigation, including insurance coverage matters and other business disputes.

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Christopher L. Nybo
Special Counsel
Christopher L. Nybo
Special Counsel

Chris Nybo represents employers in all types of employment matters and disputes, including defending wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment and wage and hour claims. He regularly represents clients before federal and state courts, as well as state and local administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

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Lorne T. Saeks
Principal
Lorne T. Saeks
Principal

Lorne Saeks represents clients in commercial and real estate litigation, with an emphasis on foreclosure and construction matters, lease disputes, title insurance defense work and business disputes. Lorne also counsels clients on issues relating to loan defaults and foreclosure-related matters.

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Joanne A. Sarasin
Principal
Joanne A. Sarasin
Principal

Joanne Sarasin concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation with specific emphasis on appellate practice, especially with regard to insurance coverage issues. She has successfully obtained not only insurance coverage, but also additional damages against insurers who have acted in bad faith towards their policyholders. Her successful representations include obtaining insurance coverage for policyholders sued for defamation, for architectural malpractice and for violations of federal statutes resulting in class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits "blast faxing." Joanne's work on blast fax cases resulted in a victory for policyholders in the Illinois Supreme Court, which overturned a prior decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denying coverage.

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Anthony C. Valiulis
Principal
Anthony C. Valiulis
Principal

Tony Valiulis is an accomplished litigator with 40 years of experience in a broad range of state and federal civil trial and appellate matters. As counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants, he has first-chaired numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts and argued a wide variety of appeals throughout the country, including in the Illinois Supreme Court. A Principal of the firm since 1979 and a member of the Management Committee from 2010-2013, Tony served as Chair of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group for more than 20 years.

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