Steven J. Pearlman

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.

Chambers USA describes Steven as an “outstanding lawyer” who is “very sharp and very responsive,” and also notes that he “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.'" He was 1 of 5 U.S. lawyers selected by Law 360 as a "Rising Star Under 40" in the area of employment law, 1 of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" selected by Law Bulletin Publishing Company and 1 of 12 individuals selected by Compliance Week as a "Top Mind of 2019." Steven is a Burton Award Winner (U.S. Library of Congress) for "Distinguished Legal Writing." He served on Law 360’s Employment Editorial Advisory Board and is a member of Compliance Week’s Advisory Board.

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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, and is regularly quoted in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal.  Steven also is a Contributor to Forbes.com.  He has presented with 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.

Publications

How DOJ Compliance Guide Affects Employer Best Practices, Law 360, May 20, 2019

How the Board Can Tackle Sexual Harassment, Forbes.com, May 13, 2019

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

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