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Robert T. Zielinski

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Education

New York University School of Law, J.D., 1982

Harvard University, B.A. 1979

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • Second Circuit
  • Fifth Circuit
  • Sixth Circuit
  • Seventh Circuit
  • Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Northern District of Illinois (including trial bar)
  • Central District of Illinois
  • Southern District of Illinois
  • Northern District of California

Supreme Court of Illinois

Robert T. Zielinksi provides creative and effective representation and advice in resolving the multitude of issues that arise in today’s complex employment relationships.

This includes, but is not limited to, union organizing, negotiations and arbitrations; litigation of individual or class employment claims over discrimination, wages, benefits and so forth; and proactive advice on managing situations to avoid post-decision disputes. 

Representative Matters

Robert and his team helped a client negotiate a complex thicket of labor law, contract and publicity issues involving its acquisition of portions of a unionized facility in a smaller city. The strategy they implemented enabled the client to successfully complete the acquisition and begin operating its business. By contrast, most of the other parties to the transaction wound up in protracted and expensive litigation, in which the union’s position ultimately prevailed. 

Reported and Published Decisions

Manning v University of Chicago Hosp., 401 F. Supp. 2nd 858 (N.D. IL 2005)

Bush v ABM Lakeside, Inc. (N.D. IL 2007)

In Re SEIU local 1 (unreported (2007)

Waugaman v The University of Chicago Hospitals, 00 C 2851 (N.D. IL 4/2002)

Bethea v LaSalle National Bank, 01 C 7441 (N.D. IL 10/03)

Pepsico, Inc. v Rosa, 213 A.D.2d 550, 624 N.Y.S.2d 622 (N.Y.App.Div. 1995), app. denied

Honors

Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law 2010-2011; Labor Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment 2012-present

Illinois Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor 2010-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Labor Section, Individual Employee Rights Subcommittee

Leading Lawyers of Illinois

Teaching

Instructor, Employment Law, Loyola University of Chicago

Speeches

"Interviewing Client Employees: Pitfalls to be Avoided," Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Greater Chicago Chapter, March 14, 2014

Annual speaker: Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Labor and Employment Law Symposium, 1999-present

"Use of Experts in Employment Litigation," 2007

"Alphabet Soup-FMLA, ADA and FLSA for Beginners," 2007

"FMLA and ADA Developments," 2006

"Taking Effective Depositions of Plaintiffs in Employment Cases," 2006

"Americans with Disabilities Act: How to Comply," ADP Seminar

"Family Medical Leave Act: What Every Employer Should Know," ADP Seminar

"What you don't know can hurt you," Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers of America

Publications

Executive Producer and Co-Screen Writer, "Management Under a Microscope, A Video Handbook for Managers"

Co-author and Producer, "How to Avoid Employment Lawsuits: A Video Handbook for Managers and Attorneys"

Articles