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.
- Issues relating to police and firefighter bargaining
- 911 liability issues
- The Fair Labor Standards Act: a 1930’s law in the computer age
- Public Safety Employee Benefits Act and Public Employee Disability Act issues
- Employment issues for library districts
- Police and Firefighter interest arbitration issues
- Stormwater utilities in Illinois
- Collective Bargaining (Illinois Association of County Board Members, April 3, 2014)
- "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)
- "Practical Labor Relations for Public Employers," Colorado Municipal League, 1978 (co-author Jim Baird)
- "Surviving Police/Fire Collective Bargaining and Interest Arbitration in Illinois," Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and Illinois Fire Chiefs’ Association, 1985 (co-authors John T. Weise, Robert C. Long, and Jeffrey S. Heller)
- Labor Law Handbook for Small Municipalities , Ancel Glink Library
- Ten Rules to Live by for Public Management Labor Negotiators, in 10 Things You Need to Know about 14 Local Government Issues, Ancel Glink Library
- “Illinois Legislature Restricts Access to Credit History”, Ancel Glink newsletter, 2011
- “Interns and the FLSA”, Ancel Glink newsletter, 2011
- “Is an Elected Official an Employee?”, Ancel Glink newsletter, 2012