Steven W. Jados

Partner
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Overview

Steve is passionate about defending business owners who are committed to proactively implementing policies and procedures that minimize legal exposure and maximize potential for success. Through creative advocacy and thorough counseling, Steve has helped clients obtain favorable results to some of the most potentially devastating issues.

With more than 15 years of experience, Steve concentrates his practice exclusively in labor and employment law. His representations include claims involving discrimination and harassment; wage and hour; union grievances and unfair labor practice charges; and handbook and policy review. In his trial counsel and defense, Steve protects the interest of clients in the manufacturing, construction and trucking industries, as well as local government agencies. Steve also defends clients in putative class and collective action wage and hour lawsuits, obtaining favorable resolutions of such suits through dispositive motions and settlement.

In college, Steve was captivated by psychology courses that exposed him to federal employment discrimination statutes and resulting judicial opinions. He credits them for his desire to work with the law to persuade arbiters and adversaries on behalf of clients whose businesses he believes in.

Experience

Membership & Involvement

  • Kane County Bar Association: Labor & Employment Law Committee Co-Chair (2017-present)
  • Member: Chicago Bar Association; Human Resource Association of Greater Oak Brook (SHRM); Chamber 630, Downers Grove-Woodridge Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Unemployment Insurance Committee, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Council

Resources & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • 2021 Labor and Employment Law Update
    Chicagoland Veterinary Managers Group, Webcast,
  • Addressing Cannabis in the Workplace
    Kane County Bar Association Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, Webcast,
  • COVID-19: Legal Implications for the Recruiting Industry
    Society of Talent Acquisition and Recruiting (STAR), Webcast,
  • COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Workplace
    Chicagoland Veterinary Managers Group, Webcast,
  • Major Changes to Illinois Employment Laws
    Employee Benefits Association of Northern Illinois (EBANI); Rockford, IL,
  • Significant Legislative and Case Law Developments in Employment Law
    Kane County Bar Association Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar,
  • Significant Developments in 7th Circuit Employment Law
    Kane County Bar Association Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar,
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce; Webinar,
  • Significant Developments in Labor & Employment Law
    Kane County Bar Association Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar,
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce; Webinar,
  • SmithAmundsen, Seminar; Chicago, IL,
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Webinar,
  • SmithAmundsen, Seminar; Chicago, IL,

Published Works

Blog

Contributing Author, SmithAmundsen's Labor & Employment Law Update, a labor and employment advisory blog.

Contributing Author, Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Dispatch, an HR advisory blog.

Blog Posts

Education

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2006, cum laude

University of Illinois Institute of Labor & Industrial Relations, M.H.R.I.R., 2005

University of Illinois, B.S., 2002

Admissions

  • Illinois
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