The founder of the Offices of Catherine Simmons-Gill, LLC. Catherine has an extensive practice in intellectual property, represents clients in commercial litigation and general corporate matters, and has a robust employment law practice. Catherine has been practice law for more than four decades. She was previously the General Counsel for two publicly traded companies, the Chief Trademark Counsel of a pharmaceutical company, and counsel for Sears, Roebuck and Co. She is also an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School and a certified mediator. She graduated law school from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. In addition to all of this work, Catherine is the President of NELA-IL. https://www.nela-illinois.org/
Chiquita Hall-Jackson is The founder of the Hall Jackson & Associates, P.C. She received a B.A. in political science and public law, with a minor in communication studies from Northern Illinois University. She earned her JD from Southern University Law Center, where she served as SULC’s Law Clinic Extern and studied abroad in International Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. In addition, she worked as a mediator at the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Chiquita’s practice includes pursuing claims for victims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as whistleblower retaliation. https://www.hall-jacksonandassociates.com/
Rachel Weisberg: A Staff Attorney and the Employment Rights Helpline Manager at Equip for Equality. Rachel graduated from the University of Michigan and cum laude from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She has spent most of her career with Equip for Equality, but also worked as law clerk for a federal judge, as an attorney for Sidley Austin, and with the Attorney General’s office. At Equip, Rachel focuses on litigating disability rights discrimination claims. Learn More: https://www.equipforequality.org/
This week: Jason Han The founder of the Jason Han Law. Jason worked for the Chicago Sun-Times as a photo journalist before becoming a lawyer. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana, and graduated cum laude. Before becoming an employment attorney, Jason worked as a prosecutor in the State’s Attorney’s Office. Jason now has his own practice and represents clients in discrimination and whistleblower matters. He also represents state and federal employees. Works on ERISA matters and labor and CBA matters. In addition to his employment practice, Jason works on police misconduct cases. http://www.jasonhanlaw.com/
In this episode, Max and Amit talk about IDES unemployment benefits with Karen Doran, the founder of Karen Doran Law Office, focusing on plaintiff’s-side employment law. Karen has been doing this work since 2004. During her career she worked for a not-for-profit legal organization called Legal Aid Chicago (back when it was called Legal Assistance Foundation). It was there that she gained extensive experience representing Claimants fighting for their unemployment benefits. Though she’s again a member of the private attorney’s bar, she still takes on a number of unemployment cases, particularly over the past year because of the massive uptick in claims during this COVID crisis. learn more: https://www.nela-illinois.org/content.aspx?page_id=80&club_id=853437&member_id=3642109
This is a podcast about law in the workplace, or the laws and issues that affect our workplaces. The goal of this podcast is to have conversations with employment lawyers to discuss these issues for non-lawyers to understand, and to throw in some interesting “war stories” to give life to our topics. Employment law touches a broad range of topics (from negotiating employment and severance agreements, to being a whistleblower, to discrimination matters, to biometrics, and so much more), and we want to create a discussion around those topics.