Steven J. Pearlman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Firm's Whistleblowing & Retaliation Group. Steven’s practice covers the full spectrum of employment law. He has successfully tried cases to verdict 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. Reporting to boards of directors and their audit committees, he routinely conducts sensitive investigations arising from myriad types of whistleblower complaints and has testified in defense of these investigations in federal court.
Steven was one of five U.S. lawyers selected by Law 360 as a "Rising Star Under 40" in the area of employment law and one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" selected by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Steven is a 2014 Burton Award Winner (U.S. Library of Congress) for "Distinguished Legal Writing." He has been recognized in Chambers USA (describing him as an “outstanding lawyer” who is “very sharp and very responsive;” and also noting that “Pearlman is an expert on whistleblower matters regularly representing clients in high-stakes cases. He also handles discrimination and wage and hour suits. One satisfied client reports that ‘he is phenomenal – beyond great.’”), Ethisphere, the U.S. Legal 500, Illinois Super Lawyers and Benchmark Litigation. In addition, he served on Law 360’s Employment Editorial Advisory Board.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has engaged Steven to serve as lead counsel on amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit courts. He was appointed to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois in employment litigation matters. A sought-after commentator, Steven has appeared on Bloomberg News (television and radio) and Yahoo! Finance, is regularly quoted in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal and has presented alongside the Solicitor of the DOL, the Acting Chair of the EEOC, an EEOC Commissioner and heads of the government (SEC, CFTC and OSHA) whistleblower programs.
In addition, the RAND Corporation, one of the world’s leading think-tanks, selected Steven to speak at an exclusive symposium comprised of some of the most influential thought leaders and policy makers, including top officials at the SEC, on whistleblower laws and related policy issues on the eve of the issuance of the regulations to the Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions.
Top 10 Whistleblowing and Retaliation Events [annual review], Law 360
What the Google Walkout Means for Employers, Corporate Counsel, November 28, 2018
The New Wave of Employee Biometrics Class Actions, Law 360, October 13, 2017
Clarifying FCRA Stand-Alone Disclosure Rule at 7th Circ., Law 360, August 18, 2017
SEC Re-Enters the Employment Law Arena, Law 360, October 11, 2016
Time to Revisit Severance Agreements, Law 360, August 12, 2016
Conciliation in the Wake of Mach Mining, Law360, July 14, 2015
Noncompetition Clause Cases In the Land Of Lincoln, Law360, May 23, 2014
A Transformative Year in Whistleblowing & Retaliation, Ethisphere, December 30, 2013
Why Employment Counsel Should Study FCPA Guidance, Law360, November 26, 2012
New Whistleblower Policies and Incentives: A Paradigm Shift from “Oversight” to “Insight,” RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, 2011