People: Mark W. Wallin, Associate

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Mark W. Wallin

Associate

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5216
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Mark Wallin is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Chicago office. Mr. Wallin’s practice focuses on the defense of employers in a wide range of employment matters, including wage and hour class and collective actions, as well as complex employment discrimination class action and single plaintiff claims.
 
Mr. Wallin has successfully represented companies of all sizes, litigating matters across multiple areas of the law. Mark is experienced in all phases of litigation, from the pleading stage through appeal. He has also represented clients in evidentiary hearings before administrative bodies. Mark has developed a keen ability to understand his clients’ practical concerns and pursue resolution that meets their unique needs, whether through litigated judgment or negotiated settlement. 
 
In addition to his regular legal practice, Mr. Wallin has undertaken many pro bono cases. He has tried criminal jury trials in state and federal court, and has represented indigent plaintiffs in civil rights matters as part of the Trial Bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 
Mark Wallin is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Chicago office. Mr. Wallin’s practice focuses on the defense of employers in a wide range of employment matters, including wage and hour class and collective actions, as well as complex employment discrimination class action and single plaintiff claims.
 
Mr. Wallin has successfully represented companies of all sizes, litigating matters across multiple areas of the law. Mark is experienced in all phases of litigation, from the pleading stage through appeal. He has also represented clients in evidentiary hearings before administrative bodies. Mark has developed a keen ability to understand his clients’ practical concerns and pursue resolution that meets their unique needs, whether through litigated judgment or negotiated settlement. 
 
In addition to his regular legal practice, Mr. Wallin has undertaken many pro bono cases. He has tried criminal jury trials in state and federal court, and has represented indigent plaintiffs in civil rights matters as part of the Trial Bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, magna cum laude,
    Order of the Coif (2010)
    Vice President, National Appellate Moot Court Society
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Admissions

  • Illinois (2010)

Courts

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar Member)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) - Young Professionals Board Member

Representative Engagements

  • Dietrich, et al. v. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., No. 18-CV-04871 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois) (ongoing defense of third party logistics companies in class/collective action alleging employee misclassification under federal and state wage and hour laws, as well as individual ADA and Title VII discrimination).
  • Davis v. ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, LLC, No. 18-CV-00318 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana) (ongoing defense of steel manufacturer against allegations involving disability discrimination and failure to accommodate).
  • EEOC v. Norfolk Southern Corporation, et al., No. 17-CV-01251 (U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania) (ongoing defense of complex EEOC initiated representative litigation alleging disability discrimination and failure to accommodate).
  • EEOC v. Jackson National Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 16-CV-02472 (U.S. District Court, District of Colorado) (ongoing defense of complex EEOC initiated representative litigation alleging race, gender, and national origin discrimination and retaliation).
  • Brooks, et al.  v. C.H. Robinson International, Inc., et al., No. 16-CV-00939 (U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri) (ongoing defense of third party logistics companies in class/collective action alleging employee misclassification under federal and state wage and hour laws, conditional certification denied July 6, 2018).
  • Hart, et al. v. Barbeque Integrated, Inc. d/b/a Smokey Bones, No. 17-CV-00227 (U. S. District Court, District of South Carolina) (ongoing defense of restaurant chain in class/collective action alleging wage and hour violations).
  • EEOC v. East Coast Labor Solutions, LLC, et al., No. 16-cv-1848 (U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama) (ongoing defense of complex EEOC initiated representative litigation alleging race, national origin, and disability discrimination).
  • Calabrese v. TGI Friday’s, et al., No. 16-CV-0868 (U.S. District Court/ Eastern District of Pennsylvania) (defense of putative class and collective action alleging failure to provide tip credit notice and improper tip pooling in violation of FLSA, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire law).
  • Perry, et al. v. Randstad General Partner (US) LLP, No. 5:14-CV-11240-JCO (U.S. District Court/ Eastern District of Michigan) (defense of a putative nationwide collective action involving alleged exempt misclassification).

Recent Opinions

  • Brooks, et al.  v. C.H. Robinson International, Inc., et al., No. 16-CV-00939, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115871 (W.D. Mo. July 6, 2018) (denying conditional certification of three nationwide putative collective actions)
  • Perry v. Randstad Gen. Partner (US) LLC, No. 14-CV-11240, 2018 WL 2363979 (E.D. Mich. May 24, 2018) (granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant as to two of three named plaintiffs who had alleged claims of misclassification).
  • Calabrese, et al. v. TGI Friday’s, et al., No. 16-CV-0868, 2017 WL 5010030 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 2, 2017) (denying certification of a putative class and collective action and granting summary judgment on Plaintiffs’ tip credit notice and misappropriation claims because company demonstrated that it fulfilled notice obligations as a matter of law).
  • Hart, et al. v. Barbeque Integrated, Inc. d/b/a Smokey Bones, No. 17-CV-0227, 2017 WL 4812591 (D.S.C. Oct. 25, 2017) (denying in part conditional certification of collective action on three of four claims, including asserted claims for lack of tip credit notice, tip misappropriation, and alleged improper deductions).

Accolades

  • Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, Presented by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Bar Association (2015)