jburns@reedsmith.com

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For more than 35 years, Jim has effectively represented employers before juries, judges, administrative agencies, arbitrators, and mediators throughout the United States, defending claims of age, race, sex, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, defamation, breach of contract, denial of overtime pay and employee benefits, unfair labor practices, and violations of collective bargaining agreements.  He has also brought and defended suits to enforce non-competes and other restrictive covenants.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor from 2007 through 2017
  • 5 April 2017 "7th Circ. Gives GCs Reason to Hone Title VII Approaches", Law360 

Credentials

  • University of Michigan Law School, 1980, J.D., Cum Laude
  • University of Michigan, 1977, A.B., with high distinction

  • Illinois

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • Member, American Employment Law Council
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Technology Committee and Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee