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Franczek P.C.

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Managing Partner: Michael A Warner, Jr
Number of partners: 24
Number of other lawyers: 6

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1994 by attorneys from some of Chicago’s largest multi-service law firms, Franczek has more than doubled in size while remaining committed to its original values. With boutique labor, employment, education, employee benefits, and immigration practices, Franczek focuses exclusively on representing and advising employers in both the private and public sectors.

Main Areas of Practices:

Labor Relations:

Franczek advises and represents management clients in all aspects of labor relations in both the private and public sectors, including collective bargaining negotiations, union organizing and decertification campaigns, unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, Illinois Labor Relations Board, and Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, contract administration, grievance arbitration and mediation, strike contingency planning, interest arbitration, and impasse resolution proceedings.

The firm has long-standing relationships with virtually all Illinois labor unions, and has the depth and breadth of experience to serve management clients with the most sophisticated, complex, and challenging labor relations issues. Representative experience includes serving as labor counsel for the Chicago Public Schools since 1994, negotiating six long-term collective bargaining agreements with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), and currently engaging in 2019 negotiations with the CTU over a seventh, successor contract.

Franczek also serves as labor counsel for the City of Chicago, negotiating collective bargaining agreements and handling interest arbitration proceedings with the City’s Police and Fire Unions as well as 40 other labor unions. Franczek represents scores of educational entities, including K-12 public school districts, community colleges, charter schools, and institutions of higher education, as well as preeminent employers across a wide array of industries, including hospitality, media, manufacturing, transportation, retail, and energy/utilities.
Key Clients: ASPIRA, Inc.; Chicago City Colleges; Chicago Public Schools; City of Chicago; Elgin School District U-46; Hilton Hotels; Lincoln Park Zoo; Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority; SMG
Contact: Jennifer Dunn
Tel: 312 786 6585
Email: [email protected]

Franczek advises and represents management in all areas of employment law. The firm has extensive experience in all aspects of employment-related litigation, from singleplaintiff discrimination claims to class and collective actions involving hundreds or thousands of class members. Franczek attorneys have deep subject matter knowledge in the full range of employment law issues, including but not limited to anti-harassment and discrimination, employee discipline and dismissal, leave and accommodation under the ADA, FMLA, and state and local leave laws, WARN Act compliance, employment contracts, and trade secrets and non-compete agreements.

Franczek attorneys regularly help clients develop employment policies and handbooks, conduct compliance audits and workplace investigations, and consult on employmentrelated aspects of business transactions and strategic initiatives. They use their extensive litigation experience and subject-matter knowledge to help clients develop practical, effective approaches to some of today’s most pressing workplace issues, including workplace harassment, violence prevention, and wage and hour compliance.
Key Clients:Accenture; City of Chicago; Chicago Public Schools; Hilton Hotels; Hub Group; Lincoln Park Zoo; Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority; Morningstar; University of Chicago
Contact: William R Pokorny
Tel: 312 786 6141
Email: [email protected]

Franczek has unparalleled decades of experience representing K-12 school districts and schools, private and public universities, colleges, and other higher education entities, and for-profit educational institutions. It represents some of the biggest — as well as some of the smallest — educational institutions in the state, in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

Franczek’s education team represents public school boards, colleges, and universities in every area of education law, including open records and meetings laws, policy and procedure maintenance, immigration, employee discipline, employment, labor negotiations and other labor issues, pension and benefit issues, bidding, construction, general contract needs, real estate, budget, levies, state aid reimbursement and PTELL, exemption applications, property tax appeals, TIF, impact fees, and development incentives, special education/disability, student assignment and admissions, student discipline, student records and confidentiality, transgender student issues, student data privacy, student rights and responsibilities.

The firm’s extensive knowledge of the culture, customs, and practices of the educational community helps its attorneys craft legal solutions that reflect evolving ‘best practices’ within the field. Franczek has excellent working relationships with key regulatory and organizational entities, including federal, state, and local agencies, accrediting bodies, professional associations, and unions. Firm attorneys are regularly called upon to help with drafting legislation on key issues facing the world of education. Key Clients: ASPIRA, Inc.; Chicago City Colleges; Chicago Public Schools; Dominican University; Elgin School District U-46; New Trier Township High School District 203
Contact: Ares G Dalianis
Tel: 312 786 6163
Email: [email protected]

Employee Benefits:
Franczek’s benefits attorneys counsel employers with respect to ERISA and employee benefits litigation, Multiemployer Taft-Hartley plan contribution and withdrawal liability disputes and litigation, and health and welfare pension matters for governmental entities.
Key Clients: City of Chicago; Navistar
Contact: James C Franczek, Jr
Tel: 312 786 6110
Email: [email protected]

The firm’s immigration practice covers every aspect of US and global immigration, ranging from counseling on workplace enforcement and E-Verify registration to representation before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State in matters involving nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions. Firm attorneys advise and represent institutions and key personnel in various industries on complex, interdisciplinary immigration and employment issues and assist clients that are heavily reliant on foreign workers with designing immigration strategies that minimize risk and maximize retention potential.
Key Clients: Dominican University; Morningstar
Contact: Tejas N Shah
Tel: 312 786 6503
Email: [email protected]