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Ms. Vorachek, a partner at Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson, focuses on representing individuals with employment issues. She has successfully mediated and tried a number of cases in federal and state forums. She is a member of the American Bar Association and a past chair of its Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee. She is also a past chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Labor & Employment Committee. She has been recognized by Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers®, and she holds an AV® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell. She was also elected to the prestigious College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. She is a frequent speaker and published author on employment law.
Notable Cases and Results:
Stone v. National Interchem ; commission claim under an employment agreement. 1993
Eichler v. Riddell Inc.; jury verdict for plaintiff on age discrimination claim; award of compensatory damages, more than $400,000 in front pay and attorneys fees. 1997
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1982
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1984
U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
Hourly Rate: $301-$400/hour
Retainer: Varies by case.
Date of Birth: 1956
Law School: George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1982
Law School Honors/Involvement: Editor, Journal of International Law & Economics; Student Bar Association representative; with high honors
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, B.A.
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: magna cum laude, Dean's List 1974-78; college honors program
Primarily individuals who have disputes involving their employment contracts; employees negotiating an exit from employment or a job with a new employer; and employees who have been terminated, denied promotion, or have other issues arising from their employment.
Sidley & Austin (now Sidley Austin Brown & Wood), 1984-1992
The Honorable James R. Miller, Jr.
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1982-1984
Baker & McKenzie, Washington, D.C., 1981-1982
Reed McClure, Moceri & Thonn, Seattle, Washington (summer program)
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago Bar Association
Chair, Labor and Employment Section, 2001-02
Chair, IDHR/HRC Subcommittee, 1996-99
American Bar Association
Labor and Employment Section
Past plaintiff's co-chair, Health Issues Subcommittee, Committee on Employee Rights & Responsibilities
Co-chair, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2001-04
Plaintiff membership chair, 2004-
Employee co-chair, Recruitment & Retention Subcommittee, Labor and Employment Section
National Employment Lawyers Association
College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
Published Legal Writing:
"Effective Depositions in Employment and Other Cases," The Practical Litigator, July 2005.
Contributing editor, chapter on gender discrimination, Jury Instructions, (James Publishing, Inc.), 1999
Contributing author, Bureau of National Affairs, Employment Termination: Rights and Remedies, 2nd Ed., 2001 Supplement, chapter on retaliatory discharge, February 1999
Contributing editor, Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Reporter, (James Publishing, Inc.) and the Disability & Leave Reporter, (James Publishing, Inc.)
Ms. Vorachek is a frequent speaker and the author of numerous articles in the area of employment law, including:
Speaker and contributor, Law Education Institute, "All in the Family: An FMLA Update," Jan. 4-8, 2005
Speaker and contributor, Practising Law Institute 33rd Annual Institute on Employment Law, "Litigation Strategy: Summary Judgment, Including Views From the Bench," October 2004
Speaker and contributor, Law Education Institute, "The Family and Medical Leave Act: A Wrongful Termination Statute," Jan/ 3-8, 2004
Council on Education in Management, Personnel Law Seminar 2004, "Employment Law Claims From the Plaintiff's Perspective, Top Ten Facts That Affect Cases Taken and Cases Won," January 2004
Speaker and contributor, ABA Young Lawyers Division Midwest Regional Conference, Employment Law Basics, "What Every Lawyer Should Know," September 2003
Speaker, ABA Regional Institute, Employment Litigation Skills Training Program, March 2003
Speaker and contributor, Law Education Institute, "Harassment Law Update," January 2003
Speaker and contributor, National Alliance Mediation Training Program, "The Family and Medical Leave Act - What if the Claimant Needs Time Off? General Theories of Discrimination and Thumbnail Guide to Types of Evidence Used to Prove Them, December 2002
Speaker, ABA 2002 Annual Meeting, "Cross Examination: Conquering Your Fear and Doing Your Best," August 2002
Panelist, ABA Connection Teleconference, Current Issues in Labor and Employment Law, May 2002
Speaker and panelist, ABA Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, "The Interplay Between the ADA, the FMLA, and Workers' Compensation Statutes," March 2002
Speaker and contributor, Law Education Institute, "Tips for Arguing the Motion in Limine," January 2002
Speaker and panelist, ABA Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, "Limitation on Action Clauses in Employment Contracts: Considerations from a Plaintiff's Perspective," March 2001
Speaker and panelist, Chicago Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee, "Beyond Traditional Civil Rights Laws - Topics of Concern to All Labor and Employment Lawyers: The Fair Credit Reporting Act," April 27, 2000
Speaker and panelist, Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee Basic Skills Course, ABA Midwinter Meeting, "Depositions That Win Cases: The Plaintiff's Perspective," March 14, 2000
The law firm of Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson concentrates in employment cases, representing mostly plaintiffs. The firm's clients include individuals who have disputes involving employment contracts, have been "downsized," terminated, or denied promotion, or who are in the process of negotiating a job with a new employer. The firm includes five attorneys and a full-time paralegal. The firm handles claims for sex, age, race and disability discrimination, claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), wage and hour matters, suits for commissions, claims for money due under employment agreements, and the negotiation of employment contracts. The firm practices in federal and state courts as well as at the EEOC and state and local agencies.