North Suburban Office
175 E. Hawthorn Parkway, Suite 145
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Direct Phone:  847.856.5439
Fax:  847.247.7405

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Labor & Employment
Local Government
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
A.B., Whitman College
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Central District of Illinois
Northern District of Texas
Western District of Wisconsin
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
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Donald W. Anderson
Of Counsel

Don has been a labor and employment law attorney since 1973, representing public sector clients in a variety of labor and employment matters, including collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, interest arbitration, employment law compliance, and representation before state labor relations boards.

Don has represented municipalities, park districts, fire protection districts, state governments and government agencies, universities and community college districts in a wide variety of labor and employment matters. He has engaged in representation proceedings and/or collective bargaining with public employee unions (including the FOP Labor Council, MAP, ICOP, PBLC, IAFF, AFFI, AFSCME, IUOE Local 150, SEIU, and IEA) in Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, and Florida, and has represented municipal clients in approximately 20 fact-finding and interest arbitration proceedings in Illinois, Iowa, and Wyoming.   

He is an experienced employment law litigator, having represented private and public sector clients in the prosecution or defense of class action and individual claims arising under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Titles VI, VII, and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various state constitutional and statutory provisions relating to civil rights and employment discrimination. Employment law cases in which he has participated include Vuyanich v. Republic National Bank of Dallas, 723 F.2d 1195 (5th Cir.), cert. denied 105 S.Ct. 567 (1984) and EEOC v. AT&T Technologies, Inc., Nos. 78 C 3951 and 82 C 1542 (N.D.Ill.).  

Don also has experience as a municipal attorney, having been a village attorney for an Illinois municipality for nearly two years. He provided legal assistance in dealing with a number of complicated land use issues and defended the village against two major multi-party lawsuits involving development projects.


Don is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and presentations before local government bodies, including presentations at the annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference and the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association. Topics include:
  • Issues relating to police and firefighter bargaining
  • 911 liability issues
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Don is the author or co-author of the following publications:
  • "Title VII Class Actions:  The End of the Era of the Irrelevant Plaintiff," 36 MERCER L. REV. 907 (1985)
  • "Does the Scope of Relief Available under 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 Threaten the Purposes and Policies of Title VII’s Remedial Scheme?," Title VII at Twenty-Five (BNA, 1989)
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