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Norma W. Zeitler

  • One North Wacker Drive
    Suite 4400
    Chicago, IL 60606-2833

Norma W. Zeitler is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the Labor and Employment Department and the Associations and Foundations Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on employment law, and represents employers in the defense of employment discrimination, retaliatory discharge, breach-of-contract, workplace tort, and restrictive covenant cases in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She also provides day-to-day counseling for employers on all matters that impact the employment relationship.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Zeitler was an officer in the United States Army. While in the Army, she served as a communications platoon leader and intelligence officer in Germany, as a company commander in Turkey during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and as an intern to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of Legislative Affairs.

Since 2014, Ms. Zeitler has been recognized on the Illinois Super Lawyers list by the Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine. Since 2017, Ms. Zeitler has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment.

Ms. Zeitler received her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago where she served as editor-in-chief of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, and received the President’s Medal for academic excellence and service. She received a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University.

Ms. Zeitler is licensed to practice in Illinois and is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the Southern District of Indiana.