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Abrahamson Vorachek & Rdzanek is a premier boutique firm specializing in employment law, was recently rated in Chambers USA as the leading plaintiff's employment firm in Illinois. Over the years, Ms. Abrahamson was personally rated by Super Lawyers as one of the Top Ten Attorneys in Illinois, and by Chambers as the second top plaintiff's employment attorney in Illinois. She was featured in the March 2002 issue of Chicago Magazine as one of the "30 Toughest Lawyers" in Chicago.
She is a founding governor and fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, a national organization of her peers which elected her to its membership because of her extensive knowledge and integrity. Ms. Abrahamson served as President of the college in 2000 and remains a member of the board of governors.
For several years, she was the sole plaintiff's member appointed to the prestigious Council of the Section of Labor & Employment Law of the American Bar Association, and chaired the Section's International Labor and Employment Law Sub-Committee, and the Employee Rights and Responsibiliites Sub-Committee.
She has been named Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law — Individuals Chicago by Best Lawyers, as as well as the Top 10 Women Employment Lawyers in Illlinois.
Notable Cases and Results:
Ms. Abrahamson and the firm have successfully mediated, arbitrated, and tried a number of cases in Illinois, including Stone v. National Interchem (claim for commissions under an employment agreement); Archibald v. Illinois Department of Corrections (race discrimination); and Eichler v. Riddell Inc. (jury verdict for plaintiff on age discrimination claim; award of compensatory damages, over $400,000 in front pay and attorneys fees).
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Fourth Circuits.
Hourly Rate: $650/hour
Retainer: Varies upon case
Year of Birth: 1953
Law School: University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1979
Law School Honors/Involvement: President, Women's Law Student Association; Officer, Law School Student Governance
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Fox and Grove Chartered, 1979-85, representing primarily management
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
American Bar Association
Section of Labor & Employment Law
Plaintiff chair, International Labor Law Committee
Past council member
Past chair, Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee
American Bar Foundation
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Member, Board of Governors
Founding governor and past president (2000)
National Employment Lawyers Association
Published Legal Writing:
Chapter on employment torts, IICLE's Handbook on Employment Terminations, 1988
"Golden Handshake: 'Good Deal or Goodbye?'" Intech Magazine, 1988
"Age Discrimination - A Primer on Proving Damages," Trial Magazine, June 1989
Chapter on retaliatory discharge, Litigation Manual Update, Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, 1989
Supplement on employment torts, IICLE's Handbook on Employment Terminations, 1989
Sexual Harassment Handbook (Schlei), Chapter XXIX - Asserted Defenses, 1990
"Is After-Acquired Evidence a Valid Defense to Title VII Actions?" ABA Journal, October 1994
"Why Law Firms Are Vulnerable to Employment Discrimination Lawsuits and to Large Verdicts," Law Office Employment Bulletin, November 1994
Law Journal Seminars-Press, Fifth Annual Employment Law & Litigation Conference, TRIAL PREPARATION, PRESENTATION OF DAMAGES, AND EXPERT WITNESSES, November 14-15, 1996.
Practising Law Institute, 26th Annual Institute on Employment Law, KEY EMPLOYMENT LAW ISSUES: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE PLAINTIFF'S BAR, October 29-30, 1997.
Speaker and contributor, Law Education Institute, HOW TO CHALLENGE THOSE DOWNSIZING DECISIONS: THE PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE, January 2000.
Speaker and contributor (with Mary L. Mikva and Matthew L. Morris), Law Education Institute, LITIGATING DAMAGES, MINIMIZING DAMAGES AND OTHER ISSUES RELATED TO DAMAGES, January 7, 2001.
Speaker and contributor (with Matthew L. Morris), Practising Law Institute 30th Annual Institute on Employment Law, THE YEAR IN REVIEW: TOP CASES FROM THE PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE, October 29-30, 2001.
Speaker and contributor, Law Education Institute, SPECIAL LITIGATION ISSUES IN DISCRIMINATION CASES, January 4, 2002.
Speaker and contributor, Law Education Institute, MEDIATION -- MAXIMIZING THE POTENTIAL FOR A REASONABLE RESOLUTION: THE PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE, January 2004.
Speaker, Law Education Institute National CLE Conference, PAY ME NOW OR PAY ME LATER; BARRIERS TO SETTLEMENT AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM, January 3-7, 2006
Speaker, Law Education Institute National CLE Conference, MEDIATION — PITFALLS AND PRATFALLS, January 5-10, 2007.
Speaker, Laner Muchin Dombrow Becker & Tominberg, SEXUAL HARRASSMENT TRAINING, June 19, 2007.
Speaker and contributor (with Joanna G. Sharp, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual CLE Conference, THE EEOC INVESTIGATION — AGENCY REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION: THE PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE, November 7-10, 2007.
Speaker, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 6th Annual CLE Conference, SPOTTING PLAINTIFFS' ISSUES IN MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, November 4, 2012.
Speaker, The Institute for Law and the Workplace, Employment Law Conference, MEDIATING EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES: THE PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE, June 4, 2019.
The law firm of Abrahamson Vorachek & Rdzanek concentrates in employment cases, representing primarily plaintiffs. The firm includes five attorneys and a full-time paralegal. The firm's cases include claims for sex, age, race and disability discrimination, FMLA, wage and hour matters, suits for commissions, and claims for money due under employment agreements. The firm practices in federal and state courts as well as at the EEOC and state and local agencies.
Parking: In building.
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