Tom Posey solves labor relations and employment law challenges for clients ranging from startups and small business owners to Fortune 500 companies. He is a labor negotiator, employment litigator and management counselor who helps clients achieve their business and operational goals while navigating the myriad federal and state employment laws that impact them. Tom also represents commercial clients in disputes in other areas of law, with an emphasis on federal and state court litigation matters.

Labor Relations

Tom serves as chief labor negotiator for hospitality, manufacturing, building trade, automotive and other industry clients in collective bargaining. He represents and counsels employers on grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings and responding to union organizing campaigns. Tom also assists hospitality and real estate development companies with labor issues related to the construction, purchase and sale of hotel and restaurant facilities and operations.

Employment Litigator

Tom has litigation and trial experience before arbitrators, state and federal judges and juries, and numerous administrative agencies, and has successfully argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Management Counselor

Tom counsels clients and trains management staff on practical strategies for effective management in unionized environments. He also advises and presents on employment discrimination law, workplace harassment, litigation practice and avoidance, and other human resources and personnel-related topics.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Tom was a partner at Franczek Radelet in Chicago, and also spent six months as the interim Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of a private sector client during that company's national expansion. Prior to attending law school, Tom spent several years in the child protective services division of a national social service agency.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri


Chicago-Kent College of Law
J.D. with high honors, Chicago-Kent Law Review (notes and comments editor) (2003)

University of Illinois at Chicago
M.S.W. Social Work (1997)

Illinois State University
B.S. (1994)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Hospitality Boom! Chicago Hotel and Investment: How Many Keys are Too Many? 
    Moderator, Hotel Investment Panel, Bisnow CHI, December 2015
  • Drafting Employee Handbooks: Minimizing Exposure Risks
    Strafford Publications – Employment Law Webinar, November 2013
  • Drawing the Line: Understanding Your Ethical Duties and Restrictions
    Fall Meeting, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA), Los Angeles, CA, November 2013
  • Understanding Human Resources Legal Requirements
    Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo, National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), Knoxville, TN, November 2013
  • Labor Law and Union Activity: What to Expect at the Bargaining Table
    Wage Watch Annual Casino Owners Conference, Las Vegas, March 2013
  • Collective Bargaining in the New Economy
    Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, February 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA)
  • Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association (IHLA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association


  • Illinois Super Lawyers — Employment and Labor, 2014-18; Rising Star, 2010-13
  • Illinois Law Bulletin — 40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch, 2011
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