Overview

Greg Abrams has devoted his career to representing and counseling employers in all facets of labor and employment law. He regularly defends companies in employment litigation, including representing employers throughout the country in complex, classwide and systemic litigation.

Employment Litigation

Greg has deep experience defending against class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII and Section 1981, including defeating class certification and prevailing on the merits. He also defends employers from claims under:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)
  • Other state and federal anti-discrimination, wage and hour, noncompetition, and anti-retaliation laws

Greg has represented employers in jurisdictions throughout the country, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor, and other state and local agencies.

Employment Counseling

Greg counsels clients on matters involving criminal background checks, covenants not to compete, wage and hour laws, drug and alcohol testing, and employee discipline and termination. He works with organizations to create separation agreements and releases, employee handbooks, and other employment policies.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Greg most recently practiced labor and employment law at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Chicago.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Education

University of Chicago Law School
J.D. (2003)

University of Pennsylvania
B.A. Economics and Political Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2000)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Understanding and Applying the New City and County Sick Leave Ordinances
    Hospitality Employers Seminar, September 2017
  • Understanding Serious Health Conditions Under the FMLA
    Lorman Educational Services, webinar, August 2017
  • The Vanishing FLSA Regulations of 2017 and Other Wage and Hour Developments
    FaegreBD Labor & Employment Seminar, Chicago
  • Wage & Hour Issues: Compliance in 2016 and Beyond
    FaegreBD Labor & Employment Seminar, Chicago
  • New Law Makes Some Noncompetes Illegal
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 2017
  • Fair Labor Standards Act/Wage and Hour Litigation: Recent Developments and Key Topics for Employers
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 22nd Annual Employment Law Seminar, March 2016
  • The NLRB’s Babcock & Wilcox Decision and the Frustration of National Labor Policy
    Co-author, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Naples, Florida, February 2016
  • Wage & Hour Issues: Compliance in 2015 and Beyond
    Chicago Hospitality Employers Seminar, September 2015
  • Proposed Rule Issued on Revising Exemptions From FLSA Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements
    The Labouring Oar, Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Fall 2015
  • The Role of Criminal Records in Hiring: Easy Access, Difficult Decisions
    North Shore Labor & Employment Counsel, 2014
  • Recent EEOC Activity — Criminal Background Checks
    Annual Retail Industry Roundtable, 2013
  • EEOC’s Updated Enforcement Guidance on the Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions: Developments in Year One
    Co-author, BNA’s Daily Labor Report, November 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Represented 12 plaintiffs alleging federal due process violations surrounding executive clemency proceedings
  • Represented Chicago Public Schools student with disabilities; achieved tailored education curriculum
  • Represented applicant for asylum (Honduras)
  • Prepared employee handbook for private school serving special needs students

Professional Associations

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid — Young Professionals Board (Past Co-Chair)
  • Equip for Equality — Young Professionals Board

Honors

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers — Emerging Lawyers, Employment Law, 2015-18
  • Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing, 2014
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid — Charles V. Hogren Outstanding Service Award, 2008
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