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Practice Areas
  • J.D. with honors, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (1990)
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University (1981)
  • B.S., Northern Illinois University (1980)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
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Terrence T. Creamer


As a former human resources manager with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Chicago, Terry has the unique ability to view an employer’s labor and employment law challenges with a real, “hands on” perspective. Both public and private sector employers rely upon his legal counsel and guidance on a broad range of labor and employment law matters. A significant amount of his practice involves traditional labor matters such as collective bargaining, defense of unfair labor practice charges, arbitration of grievances, administration of collective bargaining agreements, and guiding employers through union representation campaigns. He frequently represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Labor Relations Board, and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.  Terry also advises employers on numerous federal and state employment laws impacting the workplace, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Terry joined Franczek Radelet in February 1994 when the firm first opened its doors. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at the law firm of Klein Thorpe & Jenkins (1992–1994) where he represented public sector entities on labor and employment law matters. Before Klein Thorpe, Terry served as a judicial clerk to the late Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas J. Moran upon graduation from law school in 1990.

Terry attended law school at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law while employed full-time at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Chicago. Terry graduated in 1981 with a Master of Science degree in personnel and industrial relations from Northern Illinois University. In 1980, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human resources management, also from Northern Illinois University.

Terry is a member of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Board; the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Kenneth M. Piper Endowment Advisory Board; the Illinois State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section; the Chicago Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Committee; and the West Suburban Bar Association. In 2017, Terry was named a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing.

Speaking Engagements

  • Union Organizing at Chicago Area Dealerships; Chicago Automobile Trade Association; March 2015; Oakbrook Terrace, IL
  • Effective Advocacy Before the Labor Boards; Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference; December 2014; Chicago, IL
  • The Intersection of Workers Compensation and Labor and Employment Laws … Do You Know Where You Are Going?; Legal Seminar for DSP Insurance Services; October 2014; Rolling Meadows, IL
  • Section 503 Implementation: Best Practices; Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Business Board; May 2014; Chicago, IL
  • Union Organizing; Northern Illinois University; April 2014; DeKalb, IL

Representative Experience  click to view

Collective Bargaining

  • Chief spokesperson in multi-employer contract negotiations between automobile dealerships and Teamsters Local 170
  • Chief spokesperson in contract negotiations between a truck dealership and Automobile Mechanics Local 701
    • Chief spokesperson in contract negotiations between Lake County municipality and Metropolitan Alliance of Police
    • Chief spokesperson in contract negotiations between community college and support staff union
    • Chief spokesperson in impact/effects bargaining which resulted in restructuring of a student counseling function at community college

Other Experience

  • Defeated union organizing drive by Automobile Mechanics Local 701 at Chicago area automobile dealership
  • Successfully resolved a class action layoff/bumping grievance
  • Successfully resolved claim that employee was discharged in retaliation for workers’ compensation claim