Thomas J.Posey


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Tom solves labor relations and employment law challenges for clients ranging from startups and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

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Tom is a labor negotiator, employment litigator, and management counselor who helps clients achieve their business and operational goals while navigating the myriad federal and state employment laws that impact them. Tom also represents commercial clients in disputes in other areas of law, with an emphasis on federal and state court litigation matters. Tom serves as chief labor negotiator for hospitality, manufacturing, building trade, transportation, entertainment, health care and other industry clients in collective bargaining. He represents and counsels employers on grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, and responses to union organizing campaigns. Tom also assists hospitality and real estate development companies with labor issues related to the construction, purchase, and sale of hotel and restaurant facilities and operations. He regularly advises corporate clients on labor relations issues impacting mergers and acquisitions.

Tom has litigation and trial experience before arbitrators, state and federal judges and juries, and numerous administrative agencies, and has successfully argued cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Tom counsels clients and trains management staff on practical strategies for effective management in unionized environments. He also advises and presents on employment discrimination law, workplace harassment, litigation practice and avoidance, and other human resources and personnel-related topics.

Tom spent six months as the interim chief operating officer and general counsel of a private-sector client during that company's national expansion. Prior to attending law school, Tom spent several years in the child protective services division of a national social service agency.

  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • BS, Illinois State University
  • MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • US Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, District of Minnesota
  • US District Court, Western District of Missouri