Kelsey J. Schmidt

  • One North Wacker Drive
    Suite 4400
    Chicago, IL 60606-2833
Kelsey J. Schmidt is an associate in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg, where she is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department. She defends employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour violations in federal and state court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Department of Labor.

Ms. Schmidt has experience drafting and negotiating agreements involving personnel policies and handbooks, restrictive covenants, bonus and executive compensation, termination and discipline, and settlement terms and conditions. She has counseled employers on decisions pertaining to hiring, discipline, termination, layoffs, leaves of absence, and trade secret and non-compete disputes. She has also partnered with executives and directors to develop and communicate effective compliance programs, policies and procedures consistent with federal and state laws.

In addition, Ms. Schmidt has experience representing employers against union grievances and unfair labor practice charges by conducting investigative employee and witness interviews and preparing for and participating in arbitrations. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, she was with a Chicago labor and employment law firm.

Ms. Schmidt earned her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2015, where she was a senior board member of the Wisconsin International Law Journal and president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She earned her B.S., magna cum laude, from Creighton University in 2012 in business administration-finance and Spanish. While in undergrad, she competed on and was captain of the women’s tennis team.

Ms. Schmidt is admitted to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.