Chicago Employment Attorney

Cotler Law LLC offers sophisticated legal counsel with exceptional client service. Our focus is on developing a trusting attorney-client relationship and we pride ourselves on being accessible to our clients and responsive to their needs.

Many employment law firms limit their representation to either only employers or only employees. Cotler Law is unique among employment law firms in that we have clients who are employers as well as clients who are employees. Our years of experience representing companies and individuals gives us a better perspective in understanding the needs and legal positions of both sides of the employment relationship.

Representing Employers

For our employer clients, we handle all aspects of the employment relationship from beginning to end. We prepare offer letters to severance agreements and everything in between. We develop employee handbooks, offer harassment prevention training, draft severance agreements and non-compete agreements, and defend against contested unemployment claims, wage claims and discrimination claims.

When representing an employer, our focus is on mitigating legal risk. We make sure our clients are informed regarding the ever-changing local, state and federal employment laws that pertain to their workforce so that they remain compliant. We are a firm believer that fostering a workplace culture of mutual respect is one of the best ways to mitigate legal risk. Moreover, creating an environment in which employees take pride in their job and know that they are appreciated, is an integral part of a company’s economic success. Achieving a positive company culture is an essential ingredient to increasing productivity, enhancing workplace satisfaction, and reducing employee turnover. While we are experts at resolving problems, our focus is on preventing them from occurring in the first place.

Representing Employees

For our employee clients, we negotiate severance agreements, employment offers, non-compete agreements, executive compensation packages, claims for underpayment of wages, overtime claims, employee misclassification, and claims of harassment or discrimination.

We believe in educating our clients as to their legal rights so that they can make better and more informed decisions. We pride ourselves on explaining complicated legal concepts to our clients in simple and understandable terms.

Cotler Law knows that workplace conflicts are often emotionally difficult for an employee. We understand that being terminated from a job after many years feels like a betrayal. We have the sensitivity to be sympathetic and supportive to our clients, while at the same time be objective and tough with their employers. We provide a much needed “voice” to our clients at a time when they feel incapable of speaking up for themselves.

Leaving a job or starting a new one is a time of transition. Such transitions can be exciting but also fraught with anxiety. In reviewing employment agreements, our approach is to be forward thinking. We assess every employment relationship by looking at not only its beginning, but by contemplating its inevitable future ending. We thoroughly assess whether our employee clients are receiving the salary and benefits to which they are entitled, while at the same time making sure the client is not agreeing at the outset to employment terms which they may later regret, such as an overly restrictive non-competition clause.

When employees are not being paid for overtime wages to which they are entitled, both federal law and Illinois law offer powerful recourse. Damages and penalties for failure to pay overtime can far exceed the unpaid wages.

With 30 years of experience in the legal profession, we believe in being proactive in preventing conflict and aggressive in resolving it. Using our knowledge of the law, we are always looking to find creative, practical, and cost-effective solutions for our clients. As certified mediators we are skilled at facilitating an amicable resolution to conflict whenever possible and as seasoned litigators, we are prepared to go to court when necessary.

We take our responsibility to the legal profession very seriously and work hard to keep our knowledge current with the ever-changing laws. Our Chicago employment lawyers are often called upon to speak as experts in their field.

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a multitude of legal issues for both employers and employees. As employment lawyers, we had to quickly become expert on the laws passed by Congress which were intended to help ease the financial burden to employers and employees caused by the pandemic. We continue to advise both companies and individuals on workplace issues related to the pandemic and issues moving forward.

We invite you to browse our website to see the many types of legal services we provide. It would be our pleasure to speak with you personally as to how we might be of service to you or your organization.