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L. Steven Platt

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Education

Loyola University of Chicago, J.D., 1978

Northwestern University, B.A., 1975

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • 3rd Circuit
  • 7th Circuit
  • 9th Circuit
  • D.C. Circuit

U.S. District Court

  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Central District of Illinois
  • Northern District of Indiana
  • Southern District of Indiana

L. Steven Platt is one of the Midwest's most experienced and trusted labor and employment attorneys. His job is to solve the labor and employment problems that keep his clients up at night and threaten the very existence of their businesses. 

Steven is experienced in defending all types of labor and employment litigation, including class action wage and hour litigation and non-compete claims. He routinely provides labor advice and conducts collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations, and has defended employers before the National Labor Relations board and in federal court. He also counsels employers on employment agreements and mandatory arbitration agreements. 

Steven is a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is rated "preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell in peer review and client review. He is a three-time Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Civil Rights Committee, was selected to help write the OFCCP Regulations to the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act of 1990, and helped write the Seventh Circuit Jury Instructions on employment law.

Honors

Fellow in the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 1998-present

Who's Who of American Employment Lawyers, 2009 & 2020

Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Peer Review Rating

Recipient of the 2019 Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Gold Award

Lawyer of Distinction, American Bar Association

Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor, 2008-present

Leading Lawyers, Employment Law: Management, 2008-present

Recognized as one of the Top 3 Employment Lawyers in Chicago, Chambers and Partners, 2007

Speeches

Age Discrimination Law update, National Conference, June 2016

Chicago Bar Employment Law Update (webinar), April 2015

Age Discrimination Developments Lectures, National Conferences, 2011, 2015 

IICLE Lectures on Sex Discrimination Chapter and Feminist and Family Leave Issues in the Workplace, Springfield and Chicago, IL, 2009

Trial Practice Seminar - Sex Discrimination Lawsuits, October 2008

Developments in the Law of Sex Discrimination, IICLE, Springfield and Chicago, IL, 2008

Rule 35 Mental Status Examinations in Sex Harassment Case, ABA Mid-Year Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2005

Developments in the Law of the ADA, Practical Considerations, Chicago Bar Association, Civil Rights Committee Seminar, March 2003 

Panelist, Recent Developments in Civil Rights Law in the Seventh Circuit, Chicago Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee, February 2003 

Releases and Settlement Agreements Under the OWBPA, ABA Satellite Seminar, Washington DC, ABA Section of Labor Law, January 2003

Mental Status Examinations, Testers Themselves and the Tests, Annual Convention, Orlando, FL, June 26-29, 2002

Keynote Speaker, Plenary Session, Pursuing and Defending Summary Judgments in Employment Termination Cases, Annual Convention, Orlando, FL, June 26-29, 2002

"Development, Trends and Practice Guidance, Employment Law," John Marshall Law School for IICLE, June 7, 2002

"Is Plaintiff Entitled to a Trial on the Merits: The Current States of Summary Judgment Motions Involving Employment Discrimination Cases," Labor and Employment Law: The Basics, ABA Regional Institute of Chicago, June 5-8, 2002

"Tax Treatment of Employment Law Cases," March 29, 2002

ABA "Employment Law Update," Steamboat Springs CO, January 9, 2002

"Realistic ERISA Collections Programs," International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Collections Conference, Hershey, PA, July 2001

"Practical Tips on Evidence in Employment Cases," 2001 ABA Conference

Interplay Between the Family Medical Leave Act and Workers Compensation Act, Practicing Law Institute (PLI) Conference on Employment Law — ADA Chicago, October 30, 2001

IICLE Fifth Annual Employment Law Update, "Hot Topics and Current Developments" Chicago, Peoria, October 10 & 17, 2001

"Litigating Sex Harassment Claims," ABA Mid-Year Conference, San Diego, CA, March 2001

ABA National Conference on Litigating Harassment Cases in the 21st Century, Moderator, "Emerging Rights of the Accused in Sexual Harassment Litigation and Problems of Co-Employee Harassment" (Panelists: Sally Barker, Schuchat, Cook & Werner, St. Louis, and Victor Schachter, Fenwick and West, San Francisco), February 2001

"Use of Experts in Harassment Litigation," ABA Mid-Year Conference, 2000

Interplay Between FMLA and Workers Comp, 29th PLI Annual Institute, October 2000

"Defense Lawyer Discovery Tactics," ABA Annual Convention, Washington DC, June 23, 2000

ABA Annual Convention, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Negotiating Settlements of Employment Claims, The EEOC's OWBPA Regulations Propose Oubre Regulations, and Special Issues Raised by Using Releases in Connection With Reductions in Force, ABA Satellite Television Broadcast to 70 locations nationally, originating in Washington, D.C., January 27, 2000

Proposed Oubre Regulations and Guidance on Existing OWBPA Regulations, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL, December 15, 1999

"Pay Discrimination and Related Issues," ABA Government Liaison Meeting, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Annapolis, MD, December 7, 1999

November 16, 1999 — PLI 28th Annual Institute on Employment Law "Family Medical Leave Act: Workers Compensation Insurance (interplay between both) (Chicago, IL)

October 15, 1999 — Trial Practice for the Employment Lawyer, "Preparing Clients, Witnesses for Trial" (Regional Conference, Seattle, WA)

August 11, 1999 — ABA Annual Convention ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Negotiating Settlement of Employment Claims, "The EEOC'S OWBPA Regulations, Proposed Oubre Regulations and Special Issues Raised by using Releases in Connection With Reductions in Force" (Atlanta, GA)

May 24-25, 1999 — Collections Procedures Institute, "Bonds and Liens" and "Handling the Alter Ego Problem" (International Employee Benefits Foundation Conference, Lake Tahoe NV)

April 8, 1999 — ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Center for Continuing Education, The Second Annual National Institute on the Americans With Disabilities Act,
"The Disability Threshold: When Does the Disability or Serious Health Condition Rise to the Level of Coverage Under the ADA and FMLA?" (ABA Seminar, Chicago, IL)

March 13, 1999 — Selected Issues in Gender Discrimination in the Workplace, "Gender Plus Cases: The Intersection of Race and Age" (Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA)

December 7, 1998 — ABA Government Liaison Meeting, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Moderator, "Wage and Hour Topics Including FLSA, FMLA and Contingent Workforce Issues" (Annapolis, MD)

October 17, 1998 — "The Americans With Disabilities Act, Practical Considerations and Litigation Strategies" (Regional Conference in New Orleans, LA)

September 28, 1998 and October 8, 1998 — IICLE Employment Law Update — Common Law Causes of Action in Light of Recent Case Law (IICLE Chicago and Peoria, IL)

July 21, 1998 — Collections Procedures Institute, "Realistic Collections Programs" and "Techniques to Avoid Disaster" (IEBF Program, Boston, MA)

June 27, 1998 — Employment Litigation in the 21st Century: Persuading Judges and Jurors, Mental Status Examinations and How to Use Psychological Test Instruments" (Annual Convention, Monterrey, CA)

April 17, 1998 — Trial Practice Techniques — Skill Building Seminar, "Jury Selection and Voir Dire" (Chicago, IL)

February 11, 1998 — Sexual Harassment: What It Is and What It Isn't — Moderator (CBA Program, Chicago, IL)

November 14-15, 1997 — "Selected Issues in Employment Law: Litigating ADEA Cases, Myths and Truths about Older Workers," Moderating First Day of Program, Regional Conference, San Antonio, TX 

September 5,1997 — Winning Summary Judgment Motions — Moderator, "View From the Bench" — Participants Senior Judge Milton Shadur, Hon. Rebecca Pallmeyer (Chicago, IL)

March 20, 1997 — ABA Employee Rights and Remedies Committee, Midwinter Committee Meeting, "Draft Regulations Regarding the OWBPA" and "Ethics: Litigating Conflicts of Interest and Challenges to Improperly Obtained Evidence (Kiawah Island, SC) 

October 19, 1996 — "Tax Consequences of Settlement and Judgments in Civil Rights Cases in Light of the Small Business Protection Act of 1996" (Chicago, IL) 

September 22, 1996 — "Tax Consequences of Settlement and Judgments in Civil Rights Cases in Light of the Small Business Protection Act of 1996" (Chicago, IL)

June 28, 1996 — Annual Convention — "Practicing Before the New EEOC: A Panel Discussion" (San Diego, CA)

May 6-June 7, 1996, Participation as a Panelist in "Workplace Violence" Webinar on the ADA sponsored by Lexis/Nexis

May 7, 8 and 14, 1996 — IICLE "Sex Discrimination and Family and Feminist Issues in the Workplace" (Champaign, Peoria and Chicago, IL)

March 28, 1996 — Illinois State Apprentice Conference, AFL-CIO/NECA-IBEW; Electricians and Contractors' Sectional — ERISA Issues (Galena, IL)

March 8, 1996 — Council on Education in Management — Personnel Law Update 1996 ­"Harassment, Discrimination, Privacy — The Risks of Workplace Romances" (Chicago, IL)

August 7, 1995 — ABA Annual Meeting — ABA Presidential Showcase Session — Trial of Sex Harassment Cases, Cross Examination of the Perpetrator (Chicago, IL)

July 28, 1995 — Employment Termination Seminar, IICLE Employee Severance/Settlement Agreements (Chicago, IL)

July 10-11, 1995 — Personnel Law Update Seminar — "Top Ten Complaints of Angry Ex-Employees and How to Deal With Them" (Schaumburg, IL)

June 21-24, 1995 — "The Use and Abuse of Psychology in Employment Litigation" —  Annual Convention (Waterville Valley, NH)

April 7, 13, 1995 — IICLE Employee Severance Settlement Agreements (Springfield, IL, Chicago, IL)

February 3, 1995 — Discussion of McKennon v. Nashville Banner Publishing Co., Decision from the Plaintiffs Perspective, CBA/YLS Labor and Employment Law Committee (Chicago, IL)

November 1994 — Emerging Rights Seminar — sponsored by Vedder Price (Chicago, IL)

June 30, 1994 — Emerging Issues in Plaintiffs Employment Law" (Annual Convention, Seattle, WA)

October 15, 1993 — "The Art of Adverse and Cross Examination" (Trial Practice Seminar, Chicago, IL)

March 10, 1993 — "Privacy Rights in the Workplace," CBA Labor Law Committee (Chicago IL)

February 11, 1993 — "Tricks of the Trade: Discovery Tactics for Plaintiffs' Employment Lawyers (CBA Civil Rights Committee, Chicago IL)

June 27, 1991 — Standards of Proof, Benefits and Tax Issues, ADEA Annual Convention (Cape Cod, MA)

May 23, 1991 — Dealing With a Plaintiffs' Damages Case (Chicago, IL)

April 5, 1991 — "Sexual Harassment Overview" — IBEW Local 701 Executive Board (Wheaton, IL)

March 20, 1991 — "RIFS — Rights and Wrongs," 5th Annual Conference (Chicago, IL)

January 29, 1991 — "Employee Assistance Law Overview," National Electrical Contractors Association, DuPage County Chapter (Lisle, IL)

December 7, 1990 — "Jury Selection in a Discrimination Case — Plaintiffs Perspective," YLS Section Chicago Bar Association (Chicago, IL)

November 5, 1990 — "Preliminary Injunctive Relief in Employment Cases," (Chicago, IL)

November 1, 1990 — "Preemption Issues in Wrongful Discharge Cases," IICLE (Chicago, IL)

August 16, 1990 — "Handling the Employment Claim in the Pretrial Phase," National College of Advocacy, Advanced Seminars, Colorado Lawyers Association, Joint Conference (Vail, CO)

June 1, 1990 — "Defining Sexual Harassment, Overview to Sexual Harassment Claims," IICLE (Springfield and Chicago, IL)

March 7, 1990 — "Recent Supreme Court Decisions in Employment Law," Northwest Suburban Bar Association (Mt. Prospect, IL)

October 4 and 11, 1989 — "What's Happening to McDonnell Douglas, Employment Discrimination and Termination — the Court Has Spoken," IICLE (Chicago and Springfield, IL)

September 19, 1989 — "Preparing for the Employment Discrimination Trial — Techniques and Strategies from a Litigator's Perspective," CBA-CLE Labor Law Program (Chicago, IL)

May 13, 1989 — "Winning the Employment Case in the Pretrial Phase," Employee Rights and Remedies Conference (Chicago, IL)

December 13, 1988 — Presentation of "Sex Discrimination" Chapter from IICLE Employment Discrimination book (Chicago, IL)

June 8, 1984 — "Retaliatory Discharge Tort," ITLA 12th Annual Convention and Seminar (Lincolnshire, IL)

Publications

IICLE — Chapter 11, Feminist and Family Leave Issues in the Workplace, in the Employment Terminations book, 1986-present

IICLE — Chapter 2, Sex Discrimination, in the Employment Discrimination book, 1984-2016

Chapter 11, "Dealing with the EEOC in Investigations on Behalf of Charging Parties," ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, ABA Publication in BNA (2002), Edited by Donald Livingston, former General Counsel to the EEOC

"Age Discrimination Litigation" (co-authored with Cathy Ventrell-Monsees), James Publishing

Chapter 20, "Realistic Collection Program," International Employee Benefits Issues: The Multiemployer Perspective, Vol. 42 IEBF, 2001

Chapter 25, "Bonds and Liens: How to Use Them to Collect Unpaid Fringe Benefits," Employee Benefits Issues, the Multiemployer Perspective, Vol 41 (IEBF) 1998

"Demystifying the RIF Defense in Discrimination Cases," 82 Ill. Bar. Jl. 209 (1994)

"Legal Fictions: Short Stories About Lawyers and the Law," Jay Wishingrad, Editor, 7 CBA Rec. (Vol 1) 34 (1993)

"Funny - Not!" review of "World's Wackiest Lawsuits" by KR Hobi, 7 CBA Rec. (Vol 2) 34 (1993)

"In Memoriam: Patricia A. Patton — a Study in Dedication," 6 CBA Rec. 24 (1992)

Review of "Forbidden Grounds, the Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws," written by Prof. Richard Epstein, of the University of Chicago, 6 CBA Rec. 34 (1992)

"Freed to Kill: the True Story of Larry Eyler," by Gera Lind Kolarick, 5 CBA Rec. 33 (1991)

"Jack Sandner, not Just a Fighter," 5 CBA Rec. 25 (1991)

"Recent Developments in Age Discrimination Law in the Seventh Circuit," 78 Ill. Bar. J1.26 (1990)

"What's Happening to McDonnell Douglas: Seventh Circuit Loosens Rules in Reduction in Force Cases," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 21, 1989

"Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Litigation — the Law of Section 1983" (Second Edition) by Sheldon Nahmod" 3 CBA Rec. 39 (1989)

"Above the Rest: George T. Cotsirilos, a Profile of a criminal Defense Lawyer," 2 CBA Rec 25 (1988)

"The Ever Expanding Tort of Wrongful Discharge" 67 CBA Rec. 76 (1986) "Lemon Auto Litigation in Illinois," 73 Ill.Bar. Jl. 504 (1985)

"Toward a Proper View of the Retaliatory Discharge Tort," 72 Ill. Bar. J1.20 (1983)

"Rethinking the Right of Employers to Terminate At-Will Employees," 15 J. Mar. L. Rev. 633 (1982)

"Federal Contract Compliance: Use of Special contract Provisions to Encourage Minority Employment," 8 Loy. U. Cgo. L. J. 913 (1977) reprinted in 15 Yearbook of Federal Procurement Articles 191 (1978)

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