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Freeborn Welcomes Employment Partner Erin McAdams

13 Mar 2019

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Erin E. McAdams has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group, focusing on employment litigation and counseling.

“We are very pleased to have Erin join Freeborn and our highly regarded team of attorneys who help our clients in their day-to-day decisions on hiring, discipline, disability and leaves of absence, and terminations,” said Steven M. Hartmann, a Partner and leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. “Erin’s deep litigation and counseling experience will further support our clients’ business interests as we continue to enhance and expand the firm’s labor and employment services.”

Ms. McAdams helps companies navigate employment laws, and defends employers in a wide range of class, collective, and single-plaintiff disputes before federal and state courts. She regularly counsels and litigates matters brought under state and federal antidiscrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). She helps guide employers through sensitive internal investigations involving claims of harassment and discrimination and claims by whistleblowers. In addition, she has an active Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) practice, representing clients in the trucking, locomotive and retail industries in investigations, emergency responses, and litigation against state and federal agencies.

Prior to joining Freeborn, Ms. McAdams was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. She received her J.D. (cum laude) from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame.

Freeborn’s labor and employment attorneys are well-positioned to represent clients in a myriad of employment issues. The team counsels companies through the ever-changing landscape of employment law, providing guidance on all aspects of workplace issues. The group also regularly litigates single-plaintiff matters at the administrative stage and in state and federal court, and has succeeded in securing judgment for clients on summary judgment and at trial. The group has a robust class and collective action practice, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in class and collective matters brought under the FLSA, ERISA, and antidiscrimination theories.

Further, the team is highly skilled at litigating matters involving restrictive covenants, and has prosecuted and defended numerous cases seeking expedited injunctive relief, including motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions. The group also represents employers in OSHA matters, working with clients to implement company safety and health compliance policies, advising companies on how to handle investigations and contest citations, and litigating matters brought by the Department of Labor. Finally, the team works closely with Freeborn’s corporate attorneys to advise clients on issues related to executive compensation, retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and other benefits issues.

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