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. He routinely conducts investigations arising from whistleblower reports 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. He has been recognized in Chambers USA 2017, which described him as an “outstanding lawyer” who is “very sharp and very responsive.” Chambers USA 2018 noted 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.’” Steven is a 2014 Burton Award Winner (U.S. Library of Congress) for "Distinguished Legal Writing." He has also been recognized by Ethisphere, the U.S. Legal 500 and Illinois Super Lawyers. In addition, he served on Law 360’s Employment Editorial 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), is regularly quoted in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal and has presented alongside the Solicitor of the DOL and an EEOC Commissioner.

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 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.