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Elaine S. Fox

Attorney

Retired Of Counsel

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5616
Fax: (312) 460-7616
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Ms. Fox is a retired counsel at the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. In over 35 years of practice, Ms. Fox has represented management in labor/management negotiations, in disputes involving employment and industrial relations before the NLRB, EEOC other administrative agencies and the courts nationwide. She has cost-effectively litigated and resolved cases by obtaining summary judgment or favorable settlements on behalf of her clients ranging from manufacturing, health care, professional and financial services industries. She has also successfully defended companies, not-for-profit organizations, and a foreign government against discrimination and other employment claims and obtained favorable results through mediation and arbitration. Ms. Fox offers significant experience in traditional labor negotiations on behalf of employers.

Ms. Fox routinely counsels employers regarding the implications of new and existing employment laws and union issues. She has crafted and helped implement a variety of employee handbooks; confidentiality, non-solicitation, restrictive covenant, and independent contractor agreements; employee classification, personnel reorganization, and other proactive employment policies to help companies avoid potential disputes.

She is past management co-editor-in-chief, BNA's How to Take a Case Before the NLRB 2005, 2003 and 2002 Supplement to the Seventh Edition, and served in the same capacity for the Seventh Edition 2000 (main volume). She is also past management chair of the ABA Practice & Procedure Committee Under the NLRA.

Ms. Fox is a retired counsel at the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. In over 35 years of practice, Ms. Fox has represented management in labor/management negotiations, in disputes involving employment and industrial relations before the NLRB, EEOC other administrative agencies and the courts nationwide. She has cost-effectively litigated and resolved cases by obtaining summary judgment or favorable settlements on behalf of her clients ranging from manufacturing, health care, professional and financial services industries. She has also successfully defended companies, not-for-profit organizations, and a foreign government against discrimination and other employment claims and obtained favorable results through mediation and arbitration. Ms. Fox offers significant experience in traditional labor negotiations on behalf of employers.

Ms. Fox routinely counsels employers regarding the implications of new and existing employment laws and union issues. She has crafted and helped implement a variety of employee handbooks; confidentiality, non-solicitation, restrictive covenant, and independent contractor agreements; employee classification, personnel reorganization, and other proactive employment policies to help companies avoid potential disputes.

She is past management co-editor-in-chief, BNA's How to Take a Case Before the NLRB 2005, 2003 and 2002 Supplement to the Seventh Edition, and served in the same capacity for the Seventh Edition 2000 (main volume). She is also past management chair of the ABA Practice & Procedure Committee Under the NLRA.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
    with honors
  • B.S., Northwestern University
    Pi Lambda Theta, Education honorary sorority
  • University of Illinois
    Gold Key Honor

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Sections; NLRB Practice and Procedures Committee Management (Chair, August 10, 2005 through August 2007); Midwest Region Management Chair of NLRB Practice and Procedure Committee (from 1995 to August 9, 2005); Liaison to ABA Diversity Committee; Subcommittee Management Chair of Intergovernmental Relations (from 1990 to 2001); ABA Labor and Employment Section Newsletter Management Co-Editor-in-Chief (from 2001 to 2003))
  • American Bar Association Foundation
  • Chicago Bar Association (Management Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee (1990-1991); Liaison Chair, Illinois Department and Commission of Human Rights Subcommittee (1990-1992); Co-Chair, Alliance for Women (1995-1996); Member, Board of Managers (1996-1998))
  • College of Labor and Employment Attorneys
  • Jewish Vocational Service (President, Executive Committee and Board Member (2011-2013))
  • Chicago Sister Cities Program (Petach Tikvah Committee)
  • Former Member of Chicago-Kent College of Law, IIT, Piper Endowment Advisory Board
  • Chair of the 22nd Annual International Conference of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust (November 2010)

Publications

Ms. Fox is a frequent speaker on the National Labor Relations Act, labor arbitration, EEOC discrimination issues and other labor and employment topics sponsored by various government agencies, including the NLRB and EEOC, employer and educational groups, including law schools and graduate programs, Illinois Society of CPA’s, AAA, ABA, and BNA. She is the management co-editor-in-chief, currently working on BNA’s How To Take A Case Before the NLRB 2005 Supplement to the Seventh Edition, and served in the same capacity for the 2003, 2002 Supplements and for the Seventh Edition 2000 (main volume). She also served as a senior editor and chapter author for the supplement to the Sixth Edition. On May 1, 2010, Ms. Fox was quoted in the ABA Journal in an article entitled, “A New Minefield” regarding Family Responsibility Discrimination. In March 2005, Ms. Fox was quoted in the Illinois Bar Journal, “Subcontractors Beware” Volume 93. She has co-authored the chapter on disability in real estate and employment in Disability Law Today; Accessibility Guide for Illinois Practitioners, 2005, II CLE and presented on this subject in 2007.

Ms. Fox has interviewed with the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Newsweek, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Entrepreneur Magazine, Illinois Bar Journal, Illinois Legal Times, National Law Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Times, the Bureau of National Affairs, Dallas radio station KEGL, WBEZ National Public Radio, CBS-Channel 2, WTTW-Channel 11, Channel 26, WFBT-Channel 23, and other media concerning labor and employee relations issues.