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sylvia.stclair​@FaegreBD.com

311 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 4300

Chicago, Illinois 60606

D: +1 312 356 5029
F: +1 312 212 6501

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law
J.D., cum laude, Chicago-Kent Law Review (executive articles editor) (2013)
DePaul University
B.A. in Legal Studies (2010)

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair

Associate

Sylvia St. Clair is a member of the firm’s labor and employment group. She represents employers in lawsuits in federal and state court, and local, state and federal administrative agencies throughout the United States in complex employment cases arising under Title VII, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and a host of other state and federal laws.

Sylvia regularly represents employers in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state civil rights commissions or fair employment practice agencies.

Sylvia assists her clients to avoid employment litigation and evaluate and minimize risk of their employment-related claims, including claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation, other statutory claims, and common law torts. She has developed effective handbook policies, best practices for workforce performance management, and drafted, interpreted and negotiated employment agreements, including transition and separation agreements, employee retention agreements, and confidentiality and non-competition agreements.

Representative Experience

  • Defending retail employer against EEOC’s systematic investigation into employer’s leave and disability policies pursuant to Title VII involving more than 1,500 retail stores
  • Defending nationwide furniture store against allegations sexual harassment and retaliation by her supervisor pursuant to Title VII and Illinois Human Right Act, and Illinois tort claims
  • Defending international manufacturer company employer against allegations of hostile work environment based on her reverse discrimination because of race, ancestry (language skills) and national origin pursuant to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • Defending environmental services employer against allegations that the employee was retaliated against for taking military service-related leave pursuant to USERRA
  • Defending hotel employer against class action wage and hour lawsuit alleging violations of FLSA and Illinois Minimum Wage Law (IMWL)
  • Defending apartment complex employer against allegations of sex-gender discrimination and same-sex discrimination

In addition to labor and employment, Sylvia’s experience includes defending her clients in premises, commercial, product liability, toxic tort and transportation matters. She has defended manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and employers against allegations of personal injury, catastrophic loss and other types of exposure claims.

Sylvia is well versed in all stages of discovery and litigation. She has handled and supervised complex litigation discovery, including electronic stored information (ESI). She secured a non-guilty verdict on behalf of a truck driver in a motor vehicle collision involving a casualty and significant property damage.

Prior to attending law school, Sylvia enjoyed a decade-long career in hospitality (hotels, restaurants and a race track) operations and management where she developed standard operating procedures and guest services’ excellence standards. She and her staff were widely recognized for outstanding guest services scores and guests’ loyalty. Sylvia oversaw new hotel openings, brand transitions and seasonal closings.

Since 2015, Sylvia has served as a Board of Director for the Women’s Bar Foundation, an organization that awards scholarship money to third-year female law students who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to community and diversity. As a former recipient herself, Sylvia dedicates her time to mentoring female law students and is committed to advancing opportunities for other female diverse legal professionals. She is the first member of her family to attend college and law school.

Pro Bono

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Settlement Assistance Program — Successfully negotiated a settlement on behalf of a plaintiff pro se claiming he was discriminated against by his employer on the basis of his genetic information
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Illinois Coalition for Fair Sentencing of Children — Successfully obtained a new resentencing hearing for an individual serving a mandatory life-without parole sentence pursuant to the Illinois Supreme Court’s holding in People v. Addolfo Davis that the prohibition of mandatory life sentences for homicide offenses committed by juveniles would apply retroactively
  • National Immigrant Justice Center, Deferred Action Clinics — Assisted an immigrant youth who arrived to the United States during her childhood in completing and filing an application for deferral and work permit

Honors

  • Leading Lawyers —  Emerging Lawyer, 2017
  • The Chicago Committee, Rate My Pitch — Outstanding Individual Pitch, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law — Bar & Gavel Society (top graduates distinguishing themselves through commitment to the law school and legal community), 2013; Moot Court Honor Society; Charles Evans Hughes Moot Court Competition, 2011 Finalist; Ilana Diamond Rovner Moot Court Competition, 2012 Octofinalist; Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition, 2013 Semifinalist
  • Women’s Bar Foundation Scholarship (one female student at each Illinois law school demonstrating academic achievement and commitment to diversity), 2012
  • Kumiko Watanuki Scholarship for Women, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Women’s Bar Foundation — Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois — Member, 2013-present

Civic Activities

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Women in Law Mentorship Program, 2014-16

Presentations

  • Employee Privacy Act gets a Little Tougher, More Demanding Jan. 1
    Co-author, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, November 2016
  • Wage & Hour Issues — Compliance in 2016 and Beyond
    Labor & Employment and Benefits Seminar, Chicago, June 2016
  • Legal Issues When Using Social Media to Grow Your Business
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, March 2016
  • Lessons Learned in Human Resources From Pop Culture’s 2015 Memorable Moments
    Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, February 2016

Published Articles

  • Illinois Privacy Act Responds to Social Media Landscape in the Workplace
    Co-author, The Illinois Manufacturer, Winter 2017 
  • If You Catch an Employee Sleeping on the Job, It May Expose You to Liability
    Contributor, The Logistics Journal, Transportation Intermediaries Association, November 2013
  • Don’t Get Caught Spoiling: What Every Litigant Needs to Know If You Think You Might Be Sued
    Contributor, The Logistics Journal, Transportation Intermediaries Association, January 2013

Personal Interests

Sylvia competed in her first (and so far only) Olympic distance triathlon in 2014. She also enjoys growing her own organic vegetables and cooking Korean food. She occasionally assists at her family’s Japanese restaurant in Chicago’s southwest suburbs.

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