Steven Pearlman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the firm's Whistleblowing & Retaliation Group, resident in the Chicago office.
Steven was recently: one of five U.S. lawyers selected by Law 360 as a "Rising Star Under 40" in the area of employment law; selected as one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" by Law Bulletin Publishing Company from a field of 1,200 nominees; named to the Ethisphere "2013 Attorneys Who Matter" list as one of just two lawyers in the area of labor and employment; and recognized by The Legal 500.
Steven defends employers of all sizes in complex employment litigation involving claims of discrimination and harassment, wage-and-hour laws and breaches of restrictive covenants (e.g., non-competition agreements). A number of his cases involve executives, claims brought by thousands of employees, and challenges to wide-reaching policies. He has successfully tried cases to verdict before judges and juries in Illinois, Florida and California, and defended what is reported to be the largest Illinois-only class action in the history of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
In addition, Steven is at the forefront of defending companies against and investigating sensitive whistleblower claims, and he provides comprehensive whistleblower-related counseling. The RAND Corporation (one of the world’s leading think-tanks) selected Steven to submit a white paper and present at an exclusive symposium comprised of some of the most influential thought leaders and policy makers, including top officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission, on whistleblower laws and related policy issues on the eve of the issuance of the regulations to the Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions. Steven also was appointed to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois in employment litigation matters, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DoL) Administrative Review Board has invited him to serve as a stakeholder in its rule-making and related proceedings and to serve in an amicus curiae capacity, and he has presented alongside the Solicitor of the DoL.
A sought-after commentator on a range of legal issues, Steven has appeared on Bloomberg News; is regularly quoted in a wide range of leading publications, such as The Wall Street Journal; serves as an editor of Proskauer’s Whistleblower Defense Blog; and has published a range of leading articles on a variety of significant employment law issues.
Steven is deeply committed to providing pro bono services to individuals who are unable to afford legal resources.
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