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Chicago IL 60606
TEL: 312.786.6172
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Practice Areas
  • J.D. with honors, University of Illinois School of Law, 1997
  • B.S., Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations, 1994
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • United States Courts of Appeal for the Seventh, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
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Amy Moor Gaylord


Amy has a unique ability to truly partner with clients—public and private sector employers—on creative problem solving.  By listening and asking the right questions, Amy works with employers to help realize and identify their ultimate goal when dealing with traditional labor issues and employment litigation.  Once she understands exactly where an employer wants to be she turns her attention to developing the most effective and efficient way to get them there, whether it be conservative or progressive, unique or universal.

With the goal identified and direction established, Amy focuses her efforts and style on meeting the client’s goal.  The skills and demeanor she uses at the bargaining table or in court proceedings, ranging from intimidating to firm to thinking quickly on her feet, are the result of the direction and strategy she partnered with the client to identify. 

She serves as lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations; represents employers in unfair labor practice cases and during union organizing campaigns; and represents employers in state and federal courts, including class action and TRO/preliminary injunction proceedings, in arbitrations, and before administrative agencies. 

Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Amy practiced at the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago, Illinois (1999–2006).  She also previously worked as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Peoria, Illinois.  During her undergraduate study, she was selected as a Judge William B. Groat Scholar for Outstanding Student in Industrial and Labor Relations.

Amy is on the Board of Directors for the Chicago chapter of the Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA) and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section. She is an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA) where she serves as vice chair of the Newsletter Committee and co-chair of the Retention Subcommittee, both within the Labor and Employment Section, and also represents the Section’s Committee for the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act’s as its liaison to the ABA’s Pro Bono Work Committee. Amy was selected as a member of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 2011 Leadership Development Program which provides leadership training and development to a select group of Section members. In 2017, Amy was named a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing.

While not practicing, Amy enjoys yoga and traveling.  She has visited Croatia, Malta, Belize, Venezuela, Italy, Greece, Germany, and Austria.

Representative Experience  click to view

  • Obtained favorable decision on behalf of the defendant when the Seventh Circuit Court affirmed summary judgment in a highly publicized same sex harassment and retaliation case (Bernier v. Morningstar)
  • Represented an Illinois municipality in union arbitration with Metropolitan Alliance of Police, successfully enabling the village to control overtime costs by convincing the arbitrator that the employer’s interpretation of the overtime provision in the contract was accurate 
  • Negotiates collective bargaining agreements for both public and private employers successfully achieving very favorable agreements for clients, including little to no wage increases in first year of contracts during economic downturn and broad management rights provisions
  • Handled the representation of two private sector employers, a food service company and a highway service company, during recent union organizing campaigns.  Both campaigns involved representation hearings where the employers’ success at the hearings resulted in the unions, the Metal Processors Union, Local No 16, and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local Union 872, walking away and withdrawing their petitions