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John F. Kuenstler
Partner

Chicago, Los Angeles

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833
2029 Century Park East
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P 312-338-5924

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

John F. Kuenstler
Partner

Chicago, Los Angeles

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833
2029 Century Park East
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P 312-338-5924

F 312-759-5646

Responsive, diligent and practical in applying the law to employment issues, John maintains a nationwide presence with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. He serves clients across the country, face-to-face and in real time. John is valued for his ability to de-escalate the emotional elements of managing a workforce by focusing on solutions that make sense for his clients.

OVERVIEW

John F. Kuenstler Partner

Chicago

Los Angeles

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833
2029 Century Park East
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90067

P : 312-338-5924

Responsive, diligent and practical in applying the law to employment issues, John maintains a nationwide presence with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. He serves clients across the country, face-to-face and in real time. John is valued for his ability to de-escalate the emotional elements of managing a workforce by focusing on solutions that make sense for his clients.

John dedicates his practice exclusively to the representation of employers in labor and employment and business matters. He counsels and represents a diverse client base on a national and regional basis in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law.

John’s experience includes the defense of single- and multi-plaintiff, collective and class action litigation pertaining to wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, Section 1981, FMLA, FLSA, ERISA, USERRA, WARN and OSHA claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He routinely advocates management’s interests in workplace tort, breach of contract, non-compete, non-solicitation and other restrictive covenant cases. John is skilled in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, helping clients avoid the costs of prolonged legal disputes.

In addition to his litigation practice, John also represents clients at all levels of administrative proceedings, including matters before the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA and DOL. For clients with organized workforces or those striving to remain union-free, John acts as the lead company negotiator for collective bargaining, defends employers in union grievance hearings and arbitrations, helps craft union avoidance campaigns, and provides legal counsel on the range of issues that can arise under the NLRA.

John has ably guided employers through workforce reorganizations, reductions in force, mass layoffs, plant closings, wage and hour investigations, and whistleblower claims, avoiding litigation through proactive responses and creative business strategies. He provides counseling on matters such as employment practice audits, effective human resources strategies and reviewing and drafting employment policies, social media policies, handbooks, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, employee leasing agreements and severance agreements. To assist in the effective implementation of best practices policies, John provides training and seminars to managers on all matters that impact the employment relationship.

Honors

BTI Client All-Star, 2012
EXPERIENCE
  • Nationwide Agricultural Company

    Represented nationwide agricultural company as exclusive outside counsel for employment and human resources matters, with significant day-to-day counseling and advice. No employment claims have been filed against the client in over eight years.

    Nationwide Manufacturer

    Represented nationwide manufacturer in successful reduction of its workforce across 15 states. No employment claims were filed as a result of the reduction in force.

    Worldwide Beverage Company

    Represented worldwide beverage company in successful restructuring of several divisions and resulting reduction of its workforce. No employment claims were filed as a result of the restructuring and reduction in force.

    Midwest Beverage Company

    Represented midwest beverage company in labor and employment aspects of acquisition of competing business, including negotiation of new employment agreements and restrictive covenants for senior management.

    Worldwide Financial Company

    Represented worldwide financial company in enforcing restrictive covenants against a group of former employees and obtaining favorable settlement agreement avoiding litigation and extending terms of covenants.
  • Nationwide Food Service Provider

    Acts as lead negotiator for nationwide food service provider in numerous collective bargaining negotiations across the U.S. Obtained highly favorable economic terms and operational provisions for facilities with incumbent unions and for first contracts.

    Nationwide Beverage Company

    Represented nationwide beverage company against a union organizing campaign coordinated by the union at two of the client’s Midwest facilities. Both organizing campaigns were defeated by the company. No charges were filed with the NLRB.

    Nationwide Agricultural Company

    Represented nationwide agricultural company in successful campaign to decertify an incumbent union. No charges were filed with the NLRB.

    Nationwide Agricultural Company

    Represented nationwide agricultural company in successfully negotiating a shutdown agreement for a plant closure. No charges were filed with the NLRB.

    Midwest Manufacturer

    Represented Midwest manufacturer against a series of grievances taken to arbitration by the union over economic changes to hours and working conditions. All grievances were denied by the arbitrators.
  • Nationwide Restaurant Chain

    Represented nationwide restaurant chain and several of its managers in jury trial on claims of retaliation under Missouri Human Rights Act. Obtained defense verdict for company and its managers on all counts.

    Worldwide Retailer

    Represented worldwide retailer in age discrimination, sex discrimination, and disability discrimination case. Client obtained early dismissal with prejudice on all counts based on novel defense of judicial estoppel.

    Nationwide Restaurant Chain

    Represented nationwide restaurant chain in sexual harassment, sex discrimination, retaliation and retaliatory harassment case. Client obtained summary judgment on all counts.

    Nationwide Restaurant Chain

    Represented nationwide restaurant chain in trial of ERISA claims. Client obtained judgment in its favor on all counts.

    Wordwide Telecommunications Company

    Represented worldwide telecommunications company in sex discrimination, national origin discrimination and retaliation case. Client obtained summary judgment on all counts. Following appeal by former employee, summary judgment on all counts affirmed by federal court of appeals.

    Worldwide Defense Contractor

    Represented worldwide defense contractor in sex discrimination, age discrimination and retaliation case. Client obtained summary judgment on all counts. Following appeal by former employee, summary judgment on all counts affirmed by federal court of appeals.

    Midwest Beverage Company

    Represented Midwest beverage company in race discrimination and retaliation case. Client obtained early dismissal of all claims based on aggressive discovery and deposition scheduling.
  • Represented nationwide restaurant chain in reverse sex discrimination case. Client obtained summary judgment on all counts.
  • Represented nationwide restaurant chain in sexual harassment, sex discrimination, retaliation, and retaliatory harassment case. Client obtained summary judgment on all counts.
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