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Kenneth R. Dolin

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5522
Fax: (312) 460-7522
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Mr. Dolin is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
 
He represents management in the area of labor and employment law.  He has extensive experience in the area of traditional labor relations law including significant NLRB case handling experience, collective bargaining, arbitrations, strikes and lockouts, and strategizing and advising management on complex labor relations issues.  He also has an extensive employment litigation practice, including discrimination and restrictive covenant litigation.  Finally, Mr. Dolin also has extensive experience in business restructuring issues such as reductions in force, plant closings, work relocations and outsourcings.
 
He counseled Brach's Confections in the phased shutdown of its flagship Chicago manufacturing complex and outsourcing of that manufacturing work overseas affecting 1,500 employees.  He was responsible for the media control, negotiations with the City of Chicago and negotiations with the labor union representing about 1,100 hourly employees.  
 
Mr. Dolin successfully planned the strategy and negotiated a complex labor agreement for another client.  He successfully defended more than a dozen union unfair labor practice charges filed against that client during these negotiations and managed the legalities of that client operating during a strike, including security issues and the client’s use of replacement workers.  He also managed the media communications throughout the dispute and was responsible for the strategy of locking out the employees after the union decided to end its strike.  The labor dispute had received constant media attention in the state and the client had received overwhelmingly positive publicity.  The terms of the settlement, which included more than two dozen language changes that enhanced management's operational flexibility, were far more favorable for the client than what the client even proposed to the union when the strike began. 
 
He planned the strategy and negotiated a very complex labor agreement on behalf of a client and resolved serious unfair labor practices on terms the client viewed as very favorable, including the vacation of a court-enforced Board order.  All of these problems had lingered for several years before Mr. Dolin was retained.
 
Mr. Dolin counseled a client in permanently replacing economic strikers, firing 24 striking boat captains without an NLRB complaint issuing and winning the subsequent union organizing campaign involving the Longshoremen. 
 
He also has counseled clients on successfully building non-union plants right next to union plants on about a half-dozen occasions. 
 
Mr. Dolin has investigated sexual harassment complaints involving senior executives, including the presidents of major companies.
 
He has also counseled on dozens of major reductions-in-force, each involving anywhere from 100 to several hundred layoffs without a single meritorious lawsuit resulting. 
 
From 1982 to 1984, Mr. Dolin was an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 29, Brooklyn, New York.
 
Mr. Dolin is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
 
He represents management in the area of labor and employment law.  He has extensive experience in the area of traditional labor relations law including significant NLRB case handling experience, collective bargaining, arbitrations, strikes and lockouts, and strategizing and advising management on complex labor relations issues.  He also has an extensive employment litigation practice, including discrimination and restrictive covenant litigation.  Finally, Mr. Dolin also has extensive experience in business restructuring issues such as reductions in force, plant closings, work relocations and outsourcings.
 
He counseled Brach's Confections in the phased shutdown of its flagship Chicago manufacturing complex and outsourcing of that manufacturing work overseas affecting 1,500 employees.  He was responsible for the media control, negotiations with the City of Chicago and negotiations with the labor union representing about 1,100 hourly employees.  
 
Mr. Dolin successfully planned the strategy and negotiated a complex labor agreement for another client.  He successfully defended more than a dozen union unfair labor practice charges filed against that client during these negotiations and managed the legalities of that client operating during a strike, including security issues and the client’s use of replacement workers.  He also managed the media communications throughout the dispute and was responsible for the strategy of locking out the employees after the union decided to end its strike.  The labor dispute had received constant media attention in the state and the client had received overwhelmingly positive publicity.  The terms of the settlement, which included more than two dozen language changes that enhanced management's operational flexibility, were far more favorable for the client than what the client even proposed to the union when the strike began. 
 
He planned the strategy and negotiated a very complex labor agreement on behalf of a client and resolved serious unfair labor practices on terms the client viewed as very favorable, including the vacation of a court-enforced Board order.  All of these problems had lingered for several years before Mr. Dolin was retained.
 
Mr. Dolin counseled a client in permanently replacing economic strikers, firing 24 striking boat captains without an NLRB complaint issuing and winning the subsequent union organizing campaign involving the Longshoremen. 
 
He also has counseled clients on successfully building non-union plants right next to union plants on about a half-dozen occasions. 
 
Mr. Dolin has investigated sexual harassment complaints involving senior executives, including the presidents of major companies.
 
He has also counseled on dozens of major reductions-in-force, each involving anywhere from 100 to several hundred layoffs without a single meritorious lawsuit resulting. 
 
From 1982 to 1984, Mr. Dolin was an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 29, Brooklyn, New York.
 

Education

  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law (1980)
    cum laude
  • LL.M. in Labor Law, New York University School of Law (1987)
  • M.I.L.R., Cornell University (1981)
    New York State School of Industrial & Labor Relations
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin (1978)
    with honors

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

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

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Committee on Development of Law Under the NLRA)

Presentations

  • American Bar Association, Committee on Development of Law Under the NLRA
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Management Institute
  • American Forest & Paper Association, Employee Relations Committee
  • Southern Gas Association
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • National Labor Relations Board Region 13/Loyola University School of Industrial & Labor Relations
  • National CLE Conference

Publications

  • “Sizing Up The Specialty Healthcare Test For Employers,” Law360 (March 3, 2015)
  • “The Big Impact From Nixed Recess Appointments,” National Law Journal (July 21, 2014)
  • "Bounty of Big Issues Slated for NLRB in 2014,” National Law Journal (November 18, 2013)
  • “How Far is Too Far in Seeking Confidentiality?,” National Law Journal (September 30, 2013)
  • “The Continuing Reverberations of ‘Noel Canning’,” National Law Journal (June 6, 2013)
  • “A Look at Eight Significant NLRB Decisions of 2012,” National Law Journal (January 21, 2013)
  • “NLRB Gives Green Light for Smaller Units to Organize,” National Law Journal (August 6, 2012)
  • “Employer Seeking Concessions Must Provide Data,” National Law Journal (March 19, 2012)
  • "Liebman's National Labor Relations Board Legacy" National Law Journal (October 17, 2011)
  • "'Stella D'oro': Employer Held To Claim "Inability to Pay'" National Law Journal (May 23, 2011)
  • "Employer Seeking Concessions Must Provide Data," National Law Journal (March 19, 2011)
  • "NLRB Found No Violation In Banners In Front of Neutral Business" National Law Journal (December 13, 2010)
  • "'New Process Steel': Two Are Not A Valid Quorum" National Law Journal (July 19, 2010)
  • "When Unions Request Grievance Hearing Info" National Law Journal (March 1, 2010)
  • "D.C. Circuit Says Two-Member NLRB Lacks Authority" National Law Journal (August 31, 2009)
  • "The NLRB Under Obama" National Law Journal (April 6, 2009)
  • "Legislation Under Obama," National Law Journal (January 5, 2009)
  • "Chamber v. Brown," National Law Journal (October 6, 2008)
  • “Battista Board's Legacy,” National Law Journal(July 7, 2008)
  • “Jones Plastics & Engineering,” National Law Journal (April 7, 2008)
  • “The Register Guard,” National Law Journal (April 23, 2007)
  • “Road & Rail Services,” National Law Journal (January 22, 2007)
  • “Oakwood Healthcare,” National Law Journal (October 30, 2006)
  • “Labor Law: Work Rules and § 7 Rights,” National Law Journal (August 7, 2006)
  • “The NLRB’s ‘Bath Iron Works’ Decision,” National Law Journal (May 4, 2006)
  • “Are Newspaper Carriers Independent Contractors?” National Law Journal (January 9, 2006)
  • Associate Editor, and Chapter 13:  “The Duty to Bargain,” Editor, The Developing Labor Law (4th Edition, 2001; 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Supplements; in 5th Edition, 2006)
  • Lead Author, Chapter 4: “Representation Case Law - Substantive Matters,” The Labor Law Handbook (Illinois Institute for CLE, 2002 and 2006 Supplement)
  • “8th Circuit Notice Ruling,” The National Law Journal (September 19, 2005)
  • “Analyzing Recent Developments at the National Labor Relations Board,” Labor Law Journal (Summer 2005)
  • “Recent Developments at the NLRB,” National Law Journal (June 13, 2005)
  • “Partial Lockouts,” National Law Journal (March 7, 2005)
  • “Oakwood Care Center,” National Law Journal (January 10, 2005)
  • Lead Author, Chapter 6: “Alternatives to Involuntary Employment Terminations,” Labor & Employment Issues in Transactions, Business Restructuring and Workforce Reductions (Illinois Institute for CLE, 2005)
  • Lead Author, Chapter 10: “Developing Affirmative Action Plans and Practice Before the OFFCP,” Employment Discrimination (Illinois Institute for CLE, 2000 and 2004 Supplement)
  • “The ‘Brown’ Decision,” National Law Journal (November 8, 2004)
  • “The NLRB's ‘IBM’ Decision,” National Law Journal (July 19, 2004) 
  • “‘Effects’ Bargaining,” National Law Journal (April 12, 2004)
  • “Benefit Plan Exclusions,” National Law Journal (December 15, 2003)
  • “Recent Developments and the Likely Effect of Changes at the National Labor Relations Board,” Labor Law Journal (Spring 2003)
  • “Information Requests,” National Law Journal (March 17, 2003)
  • “The Supreme Court's Rejection of Excluding Ordinary Professional or Technical Judgment as Independent Judgment When Directing Employees:  Does Kentucky River Mean Lights Out for Mississippi Power?” The Labor Lawyer (Winter/Spring 2003)
  • “Impasse Rule Exceptions,” National Law Journal (December 9, 2002)
  • “Expected NLRB Rulings,” National Law Journal (April 15, 2002)
  • “Acquisitions of Unionized Target,” National Law Journal (March 5, 2001)
  • “NLRB Decision in ‘Sturgis’ ” National Law Journal (November 27, 2000)
  • “Regulating Employee E-mail,” National Law Journal (July 31, 2000)
  • “NLRB Battles the Courts,” National Law Journal (May 1, 2000)
  • “Effects Bargaining:  A Survey of the Rights and Obligations of Employers and Employee Representatives,” The Labor Lawyer (Spring 1994)
  • “An Overview of Recent Developments in the Area of Affirmative Action,” Labor Law Journal (March 1991)
  • “Termination of Grievance Proceedings When Employees File Discrimination Charges,” Employee Relations Law Journal (Autumn 1987)

Credentials

  • Reuter: Leading Lawyer's Network, The Top Illinois Lawyers in Labor & Employment Law
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Labor & Employment in Illinois
  • Superlawyers in Illinois
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Fellow, The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers

 

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