Chicago IL 60606
- Labor & Employment
- Counseling & Compliance
- Employment Litigation
- Higher Education
- Union-Related Matters
- J.D., cum laude, Washington University School of Law, 2010
- B.A., with distinction, University of Wisconsin, 2007
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Neil S. Goldsmith
Neil works with clients across multiple industries, including manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and higher education, as well as municipalities and school districts. On the labor side, he frequently represents clients in unfair labor practice proceedings, union representation challenges, and grievance arbitrations. On the employment side, Neil regularly advises employers on best practices and non-compete issues and has handled numerous discrimination charges at the state and federal agency levels. Neil also has a wealth of experience in complex litigation matters, including ERISA and class action lawsuits.
Prior to joining the firm, Neil was an associate at a boutique firm where he litigated general commercial and labor and employment cases. While in law school, Neil developed his litigation skills as an intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Neil participates in Lawyers in the Classroom and provides pro bono legal work through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. He also serves on the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Lawyers Committee and is an active member of the Camp Ramah in Wisconsin Young Alumni Group.
In his spare time, Neil enjoys recreating his favorite restaurant meals at home, playing basketball and golf, exploring new cities, and teaching his daughter how to shoot a free throw.
"The NLRB’s Recent Focus on Non-Union Employers and its Impact on Common Employment Policies at Colleges and Universities," NACUANOTES, Vol. 11, No. 14 (2013)
"Class-Based Affirmative Action: Creating a New Model of Diversity in Higher Education," Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 34, (2010)
Representative Experience click to view
- Assisted in the defense of a public school system in class action lawsuits alleging disability and race discrimination stemming from largest mass school closing in U.S. history.
- Represented insurance company seeking to enforce non-compete agreements against former employees who started competing business while still employed by the company.
- Represented and advised school district during collective bargaining with teachers’ union culminating in 5-day labor strike.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of multiemployer pension plan seeking withdrawal liability payments under ERISA.
- Regularly advises major consulting firm on non-compete issues involving prospective hires.
- Represented construction industry employers in federal court challenge to multiple arbitration awards involving alter ego determinations, CBA coverage issues, and other CBA violations.
- Defended contractor against multiple unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB and advised on union organizing campaign strategies.
- Represented municipality in interest arbitration with firefighters’ union.
- "The NLRB’s Recent Focus On Non-Union Employers And Its Impact On Common Employment Policies At Colleges And Universities"
- NYU Agrees to Recognize Graduate Student Organizing Rights
- NLRB Administrative Law Judge Expands D.R. Horton; Strikes Down Arbitration Agreement with Opt-Out Provision
- Government Offers Additional Guidance on the Use of Race in Admissions
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