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Ms. Holzwarth is a partner in the firm Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., with over 25 years of experience in handling employment litigation and labor cases, including: discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, and other employee claims; ERISA, COBRA, and FLSA claims; and union representation proceedings, unfair labor practice charges, and grievance arbitration. She has extensive experience in counseling clients in complex employment situations and reductions-in-force; conducting sexual harassment training and investigations, as well as wage and hour audits; and preparing and reviewing employment contracts, employee handbooks, personnel policies, severance arrangements, and covenants not to compete. She is a frequent lecturer on employment matters and is a certified mediator in both the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division, and the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois. She serves as a board member of the Office of Compliance, an agency that enforces various labor and employment laws within the legislative branch of the United States government.
Notable Cases and Results:
City of Belvidere v. Illinois State Labor Relations Board, 181 Ill.2d 191 (Ill. 1998); successfully defended claim that the City had a duty to bargain over decision to contract for paramedic services.
Gorski v. Troy, 929 F.2d 1183 (7th Cir. 1991); Fair Housing Act case determining that licensed foster parents are protected from discrimination on the basis of familial status.
Sisters of the Third Order v. SwedishAmerican Group Health Benefit Trust, 901 F.2d 1369 (7th Cir. 1990); ERISA claim for health benefits arising out of drunk driving accident.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar), 1984
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1989
Hourly Rate: $201-$250/hour
Retainer: Varies By Case
Year of Birth: 1958
Law School: University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1983
Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Stanford University, B.A., 1980
Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., 1983-present
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Winnebago County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
U.S. Office of Compliance
Board of Directors, 2000-present
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer-Review Rating
- Illinois Super Lawyer®
- Leading Lawyers, selected by peers in Employment Law: Management, ADR Law: Employment, and Labor Law: Management, 2003-present
Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of the City of Rockford, Illinois
United Way of Rock River Valley
Board of Directors
YMCA of Rock River Valley
Board of Directors
HolmstromKennedyPC is an 18-lawyer general practice firm with roots extending back to the 1920s. Its large and diverse clientele includes small and medium size businesses, governmental entities, medical organizations, and individuals. Areas of practice include business and commercial transactions and litigation, financial services, mergers and acquisitions, health care, labor and employee relations, intellectual property, commercial and residential real estate, estate planning and probate, corporate bankruptcy and reorganization, creditor's rights, insurance defense (with an emphasis on professional malpractice defense), administrative law, trial and appellate practice in all courts, and alternative dispute resolution.