David B. Ritter

Partner
  • One North Wacker Drive
    Suite 4400
    Chicago, IL 60606-2833
    P:312-214-4862
    F:312-759-5646

David B. Ritter is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Department and co-chairs the Logistics and Transportation Practice Group. He represents management nationwide in virtually all areas of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, non-compete, trade secret and restrictive covenants and employment torts.

With nearly 30 years of experience representing public and private companies, Mr. Ritter has counseled clients in service and manufacturing industries ranging from hospitality to healthcare to logistics and financial services. He defends employers faced with claims under Sarbanes-Oxley, and routinely represents clients before governmental agencies including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Department of Labor (DOL), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and similar state agencies.

Mr. Ritter routinely represents high-level executives on issues related to employment, separation agreements and restrictive covenants. He also handles affirmative action plans, employment issues related to corporate transactions, counseling of employers on employment issues, and assists in employee training as related to employment issues. Mr. Ritter is experienced at resolving complicated legal issues and disputes in a timely and practical manner.

Mr. Ritter has been commended on several occasions for his labor and employment practice. He is AV-rated – the highest honor one can receive – by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He has also been recognized as a labor and employment leader in the 2008-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, included as an Illinois Super Lawyer and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007 in the categories of Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management. Mr. Ritter is a regular contributor to presentations and publications, providing thought leadership on a wide range of employment law topics. He is a frequent writer and lecturer for the Illinois Manufacturers Association, the International Personnel Management Association-Human Resources and LexisNexis. Please refer to the tabs at the right to see Mr. Ritter's publications and speaking engagements.

Mr. Ritter is a member of both the Labor and Employment Law and the Litigation sections of the American Bar Association. He is also on the board of directors and acts as general counsel for the Magnificent Mile Association. He is also a board member for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the advisory board of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Ritter worked as an employee relations assistant at Exxon Mobil (f/k/a Mobil Oil Corporation). He earned his J.D. cum laude from Case Western Reserve University Law School in 1985, where he served as a member of the University’s Law Review. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1980.

Mr. Ritter is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits.

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