People: Arthur J. Rooney, Partner

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Arthur J. Rooney

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5530
Fax: (312) 460-7530
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Arthur Rooney is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  His practice focuses on the defense of employers in employment litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the nation, including class action and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination lawsuits, state law overtime class actions, FLSA collective actions, and trade secrets and restrictive covenant matters. Because many of the cases in which Mr. Rooney has been involved have been brought as class or collective actions, he has significant experience in opposing class certification motions, has worked directly with experts in the fields of statistics and industrial engineering in response to class motions, and has resolved class actions through negotiated settlements.

Mr. Rooney also advises employers on preventive measures, including reviewing employment policies, counseling on disciplinary actions and investigations, negotiating severance and release agreements, and conducting employment practices reviews.

Mr. Rooney serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and actively participates in pro bono matters. Currently, he is engaged in representing a prisoner in a civil rights suit after successfully appealing the district court’s dismissal of the prisoner’s First Amendment claim.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Rooney clerked for Judge Mary Beck Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Arthur Rooney is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  His practice focuses on the defense of employers in employment litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the nation, including class action and multi-plaintiff employment discrimination lawsuits, state law overtime class actions, FLSA collective actions, and trade secrets and restrictive covenant matters. Because many of the cases in which Mr. Rooney has been involved have been brought as class or collective actions, he has significant experience in opposing class certification motions, has worked directly with experts in the fields of statistics and industrial engineering in response to class motions, and has resolved class actions through negotiated settlements.

Mr. Rooney also advises employers on preventive measures, including reviewing employment policies, counseling on disciplinary actions and investigations, negotiating severance and release agreements, and conducting employment practices reviews.

Mr. Rooney serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and actively participates in pro bono matters. Currently, he is engaged in representing a prisoner in a civil rights suit after successfully appealing the district court’s dismissal of the prisoner’s First Amendment claim.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Rooney clerked for Judge Mary Beck Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2001)
  • B.A., James Madison University (1998)
    magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Becerra v. The McClatchy Co., Case No. 09-cv-00125 (E.D. Cal. 2009) (Putative class action alleging that the plaintiffs were misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees.)
  • City of East Chicago v. Lake County Transfer, Inc., 854 N.E.2d 23 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006) (Represented client in a successful petition to transfer a breach of contract lawsuit to the Indiana Supreme Court.  Obtained favorable settlement after the Indiana Supreme Court granted review and vacated the decision of the Court of Appeals.)
  • Dalton v. Lee Publications, Inc., Case No. 08-cv-1072 (S.D. Cal. 2008) (Defense of putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of California wage and hour laws in connection with the classification of plaintiffs as independent contractors rather than employees.)
  • EEOC v. McIntyre Group, Ltd., Case No. 07-cv-5458 (N.D. Ill. 2007) (Represented employer against class action race discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC.)
    Galindo v. The McClatchy Co., Case No. 34-2009-00033850-CU-OE-GDS (Cal. Super. Ct. 2009) (Putative class action challenging the classification of plaintiffs as independent contractors rather than employees.  Plaintiffs allege that they and other contractors were denied overtime, meal and rest breaks, and other violations of the California Labor Code.)
  • Grubaugh v. Weyerhaeuser Co., Case No. 06-cv-788 (S.D. Ohio 2006) (Defended employer from allegations that it violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.)
  • Heil v. Hyatt Corporation, Case No. 2:09-cv-407 (M.D. Fla. 2009) (Defense of wage and hour collective action for alleged failure to pay overtime.)
  • JDA Software Group Inc. v. Rouleau, Case No. 2006-CH-22113 (Cir. Ct. of Cook County, Ill. 2006) (Represented client in non-compete dispute involving the enforceability of a high-level employee’s restrictive covenants.)
  • Lewis v. Alion Science and Technology Corporation, Case No. 2:09-cv-00329 (S.D. Ind. 2009) (Defense of wage and hour collective and class action claiming failure to pay for donning and doffing and for other pre- and post-shift activities.)
  • Mattenson v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., 438 F.3d 763 (7th Cir. 2006) (Represented employer in a successful appeal involving the reversal of a $1 million jury verdict in an age discrimination case.)
  • Matthews v. BP Corp. of North America Inc., Case No. 05-cv-6666 (N.D. Ill. 2005) (Defended employer in putative ERISA class action lawsuit.  Obtained a voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit after filing a motion to dismiss.)
  • McManus v. Countrywide Financial Corp., Case No. 09-cv-1705 (N.D. Ill. 2009) (Putative nationwide collective and class action involving underwriters.  Plaintiffs allege that they should have been classified as nonexempt employees entitled to overtime under the FLSA and multiple state wage-hour laws.)
  • Sanders v. City of East Chicago, Case No. 05-cv-276 (N.D. Ind. 2005) (Obtained summary judgment in a case filed by a former employee alleging First and Fourteenth Amendment claims based on his termination.)
  • Shah v. Hyatt Corporation, Case No. 10-1492 (3d Cir. 2011) (Obtained reversal of district court’s order remanding a putative class action to state court.)
  • Slayton v. Kaplan Inc., Case No. 09-cv-6977 (N.D. Ill. 2009)(Successfully opposed plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of employees who alleged they were required to work off the clock without compensation.)
  • Smith v. DHL Express (USA), Inc., Case No. 08-cv-5436 (N.D. Ill. 2008) (Defended employer against sexual harassment lawsuit, which settled on favorable terms following mediation.)
  • Vega v. Contract Cleaning, Case No. 03-cv-9130 (N.D. Ill. 2003) (Defended client in FLSA collective action and state law overtime class action brought by janitors who claimed they were improperly treated as independent contractors.)
  • White v. Rainbow USA, Inc., Case No. 09-cv-0684 (N.D. Ill. 2009) (Defense of putative class action for alleged failure to pay overtime and unpaid off-the-clock work originally filed in state court, then successfully removed to federal court.)
  • Wolfert v. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated, Case No. 08-cv-1643 (E.D. Mo. 2008) (Defense of putative nationwide FLSA collective action involving call center employees who claimed they worked off the clock and were denied overtime.  Obtained favorable class-wide settlement after discrediting plaintiffs’ claims through the use of a time study.)

Presentations

  • Interviewed and quoted in Employment Law360, "7th Circ. Deals Blow To DOL Interpretations Of The FLSA" (May 11, 2012)
  • “Workplace Investigations,” Lorman Seminar, New Orleans, LA (2008)

Publications

  • Chapter Author, “Chapter 11 - Defending ERISA Claims in Wage and Hour Actions,” Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012). Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.
  • “How Safe is Your Arbitration Agreement Post - AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion?,” Seyfarth Shaw - Strategy & Insights (January 6, 2012)