People: William P. Schurgin, Partner

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William P. Schurgin

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5899
Fax: (312) 460-7899
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Bill Schurgin is Co-Chair of the Chicago Labor and Employment Department and past chair of the Firm’s Labor Relations Practice Group. Mr. Schurgin is engaged in a broad-based labor and employment law practice and is involved in the representation of employers throughout the United States. His areas of practice include issues arising under federal labor laws, union representation, collective bargaining, corporate campaigns, wage and hour laws, labor disputes, independent contractor and joint employer issues, disability discrimination laws, workplace harassment and employment discrimination laws

Mr. Schurgin’s practice includes a strong emphasis on counseling clients on how to avoid litigation and providing strategic advice on how to adopt best practices in a challenging marketplace. In addition to day-to-day counseling, Mr. Schurgin has acted as outside corporate campaign counsel for clients involved in campaigns with the Teamsters, UNITE HERE and the Service Employees International Union.

Through his work with the firm’s training subsidiary - Seyfarth Shaw at Work, Mr. Schurgin has developed and presented training programs to employers throughout the United States and the world. These training programs have dealt with a wide-range of issues including workplace harassment, wage and hour compliance, complying with Americans with Disabilities Act, positive employee relations, collective bargaining, union representation, and employment discrimination.

Mr. Schurgin is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University College of Law and is past president of the Illinois Health Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Thompson Fair Labor Standards Act Publication Series and of the CCH Healthcare Compliance Portfolio. Mr. Schurgin is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been selected as a member of the 2017 Leading Lawyers Network, the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and the 2017 Best Lawyers in the U.S.

Mr. Schurgin has given numerous speeches and papers on a variety of employment related topics, including presentations to the Society For Human Resource Management, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Health Lawyers Association, The Conference Board, the National Employment Law Institute, the Southwestern Legal Foundation, and the Illinois Association of Health Lawyers. He has been honored as one of the top ten speakers at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Human Resource Management and has testified before Congress on behalf of the US Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Schurgin is co-editor of Guide to Employment Law Compliance published by Thompson and has published articles and books on a wide range of labor and employment topics.

Mr. Schurgin is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.  Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, our SeyfarthLean® approach delivers increased value to our clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands.  Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in a new way—with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement—has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being "five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm."

Bill Schurgin is Co-Chair of the Chicago Labor and Employment Department and past chair of the Firm’s Labor Relations Practice Group. Mr. Schurgin is engaged in a broad-based labor and employment law practice and is involved in the representation of employers throughout the United States. His areas of practice include issues arising under federal labor laws, union representation, collective bargaining, corporate campaigns, wage and hour laws, labor disputes, independent contractor and joint employer issues, disability discrimination laws, workplace harassment and employment discrimination laws

Mr. Schurgin’s practice includes a strong emphasis on counseling clients on how to avoid litigation and providing strategic advice on how to adopt best practices in a challenging marketplace. In addition to day-to-day counseling, Mr. Schurgin has acted as outside corporate campaign counsel for clients involved in campaigns with the Teamsters, UNITE HERE and the Service Employees International Union.

Through his work with the firm’s training subsidiary - Seyfarth Shaw at Work, Mr. Schurgin has developed and presented training programs to employers throughout the United States and the world. These training programs have dealt with a wide-range of issues including workplace harassment, wage and hour compliance, complying with Americans with Disabilities Act, positive employee relations, collective bargaining, union representation, and employment discrimination.

Mr. Schurgin is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University College of Law and is past president of the Illinois Health Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Thompson Fair Labor Standards Act Publication Series and of the CCH Healthcare Compliance Portfolio. Mr. Schurgin is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been selected as a member of the 2017 Leading Lawyers Network, the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and the 2017 Best Lawyers in the U.S.

Mr. Schurgin has given numerous speeches and papers on a variety of employment related topics, including presentations to the Society For Human Resource Management, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Health Lawyers Association, The Conference Board, the National Employment Law Institute, the Southwestern Legal Foundation, and the Illinois Association of Health Lawyers. He has been honored as one of the top ten speakers at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Human Resource Management and has testified before Congress on behalf of the US Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Schurgin is co-editor of Guide to Employment Law Compliance published by Thompson and has published articles and books on a wide range of labor and employment topics.

Mr. Schurgin is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.  Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, our SeyfarthLean® approach delivers increased value to our clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands.  Seyfarth’s commitment to delivering legal services in a new way—with an emphasis on value and continuous improvement—has been praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel as being "five years ahead of every other AmLaw 200 firm."

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, cum laude (1980)

  • A.B., University of Michigan, with high distinction (1977)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

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

  • Illinois Health Lawyers Association (President, 2012)
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce (NLRA Sub-Committee)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Past Chairman, YLS Health Law Committee)
  • The Association for Talent Development
  • Labor Relations Advisory Committee

Representative Engagements

Representative Corporate Campaign Experience

  • Cintas Corporation – Chief outside labor counsel
  • Angelica – Chief outside labor counsel in two year corporate campaign which eventually resulted in Employee Free Choice/Labor Peace Agreement
  • Additional Experience Provided Upon Request

Representative Labor Cases

  • Cintas Corporation — Chief outside labor counsel for company in over 200 NLRB unfair labor practice charges filed during the course of an ongoing union corporate campaign filed by UNITE HERE and the Teamsters.
  • Empire Health Systems — NLRB Case No. 19-RD-3793 – Successfully represented hospital system in 600 employee SEIU bargaining unit decertification election proceedings before NLRB.
  • Greyhound Lines, Inc. — NLRB Case No. 2-RC-23091 – Successfully represented company in Teamsters organizing campaign of terminal employees at New York Port Authority.
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital — NLRB Case No. 13-RC-19786 & 13-RC-19786 – Successfully represented client in two union elections and NLRB representation hearings involving nurses and skilled maintenance employees.
  • Heritage Enterprises – NLRB case numbers 14-RC-12250 & 14-RC-12551. Successfully represented client in NLRB election and election objections case involving allegations by the SEIU against CEO and other top management.
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital – NLRB Case No. 13-RC-21538 – Successfully represented client in medical resident organizing petition. 
    CW Transportation—Successfully represented client in union election and NLRB proceedings involving bus drivers.
  • Ingalls Memorial Hospital – NLRB Case No. 13-RC-19930 & 26-RC-80261 – Successfully represented client in SEIU union election and NLRB proceedings involving non-professionals, nurses and technical employees.
  • Adams and Westlake – Successfully represented client in unfair labor case brought by the UAW over refusal of purchaser to recognize union based on good faith doubt of continued majority status.

Representative Involvement in Collective Bargaining

  • Academic Medical Centers – Negotiated successive SEIU contracts for large Midwest academic medical center.  Currently bargaining contracts with SEIU and NNOC/CNA of another large Midwest academic medical center.
  • Jackson Park Hospital – Negotiated initial RN labor agreement with CNA/NNOC and ongoing labor agreements with International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
  • Northern Illinois Ready Mix Association – Negotiated area-wide labor contracts with five Teamster Locals.  Represented association employees in multiple county strikes involving multiple sites and ambulatory picketing.
  • Empire Health Systems – Negotiated termination agreement for 1,000 non-professional employees with SEIU Local 1199 on behalf of seller in asset acquisition.
  • Prairie Material Sales, Inc. – Represented client in approximately 30 Teamster, Operating Engineers, Laborers and IAM contract negotiations in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana (covering local drivers, over-the-road drivers, mechanics, equipment operators and quarry operators) and outside counsel for three area-wide strikes in Chicago and Indianapolis involving ambulatory picketing at multiple sites.
  • Fleximat Corporation – Negotiated plant-wide labor contracts with United Steel Workers.
  • Angelica Corporation – Negotiated nationwide Employee Free Choice (Card-Check Neutrality) and Labor Peace Agreement with UNITE HERE covering over 35 plants.
  • Dixon Marquette Cement – Negotiated initial and subsequent collective bargaining agreements for plant-wide production with Cement, Lime and Gypson workers/Boilermakers Union.
  • Roseland Community Hospital – Negotiated initial and subsequent collective bargaining agreements with Service Employees International Union.
  • Greyhound Lines, Inc. – Negotiated partial shutdown agreement with IAM over engine repair facilities; assisted in negotiation strategy over several terminal negotiations with International Brotherhood of Teamsters; handled over a dozen unfair labor practice charges and various general strike-related advice during and after nationwide strike.
  • Illinois Brick Company – Represented company in obtaining favorable labor agreements involving unification of multiple labor agreements obtained through various acquisitions over three contract terms.

Representative Wage & Hour Litigation

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital - DeMarco v. NMH, N.D. Ill. No. 1:10 CV 00397.  Represent Hospital in pending wage and hour class action.
  • Heritage Enterprises, Inc. - Chasity King v. Heritage Enterprises, Inc., C.D. Ill. No. 3:10 CV 03039.  Represented nursing home system inwage and hour collective action.
  • New York City Health and Hospital Corporation – Barfield v. New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, 05 CV 6319 (S.D.N.Y.) – Participated in defense of FLSA collective action concerning overtime entitlements to temporary medical workers.

Representative Employment Litigation

  • Ingalls Memorial Hospital – Street v. Ingalls Memorial Hospital, N.D. Ill. No. 08 CV 2833. Participated in the successful defense of ADA disability discrimination claim.
  • Greyhound Lines, Inc. – Negotiated nationwide settlement agreement with U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division regarding compliance with Title III of the ADA.
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital – Young In Hong v. Children’s Memorial Hospital, 512 U.S. 1214 – Successfully defeated request for certiorari before U.S. Supreme Court in Title VII national origin discrimination claim.
  • Greyhound Lines Inc. – EEOC v. Greyhound Lines, Inc., Case No. 95-C-0652 – Successful defense of EEOC carpal tunnel ADA disability discrimination case brought by EEOC.
  • Ingalls Memorial Hospital – Equip. for Equality v. Ingalls, N.D. Ill. Case No. 03-C-0797 – Successful representation of Hospital in third party advocate access to premises cases.

Presentations

  • “A Discussion on Corporate Campaigns: What Unions Don’t Want You to Know,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • “Understanding the ADA Amendments Act,” SHRM
  • “Labor and Employment Law Update,” American Health Lawyers Association
  • “Wage & Hour Litigation Update” Metropolitan Chicago Health Care Counsel
  • “A Re-Energized Labor Movement and What if Means For Employers,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • “Military Leaves of Absences,” SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
  • “Latest Developments in Employment and Labor Law in China” Atlas Legal
  • "The Fair Labor Standards Act Revised White-Collar Exemptions: One Year Later-Lessons Learned," SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
  • “Developing and Implementing Corporate Compliance Training Programs,” Northstar Advanced Labor and Employment Program
  • “Labor, Compensation and Benefits,” Southwestern Legal Foundation

Publications

  • Co-Author, "Healthcare Employers On The Defensive: The Continuing Threat of Class Action Lawsuits and Regulatory Scrutiny of Overtime Practices for Nurses," Senior Living & Long-Term Care Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • “Coaching: A Shift in Law Firm Culture,” Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report
  • “Transform Organizational Culture Through Coaching,” Association for Talent Development (ATD) Magazine
  • Co-Editor, Labor and Employment Law: The Employer’s Compliance Guide (Thompson Publishing Group)
  • “When Does An Employee Become a Supervisor,” Executive Counsel Magazine
  • “The ADA Amendments Act: Expanded Disability Challenges for Health Care Employers,” CCH Health Care Compliance Letter
  • “What Color Is Your Collar?” Corporate Counsel Magazine
  • “The Rise of Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuits” CCH Health Care Compliance Newsletter
  • Co-Editor, The Legal Aspects of AIDS (West Group)
  • “The Limits of Organized Employer/Employee Relations in Non-Union Facilities:  Some New Evidence of Flexibility,” Chicago Kent Law Review
  • “Labor’s Split Could Mean More Aggressive Unions,” Executive Counsel Magazine
  • “Physician and Resident Union Organizing,” CCH Healthcare Compliance Letter
  • “An Overview of the Employment Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Journal of Health and Hospital Law
  • “Labor and Employment Employee Relations” chapter in Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Employment Termination Manual
  • “Human Resources, Safety and Labor” chapter in CCH Healthcare Compliance Guide
  •  “Understanding the New U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Regulations,” CCH Health Care Compliance  Newsletter

 

Community Involvement

  • Midwest Center on Law and The Deaf – Board of Directors (2004 – 2015)
  • Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra – Board of Directors (2001 – 2004)