News & Announcements
Franczek P.C. is delighted to announce that former Noble Network of Charter Schools Lead Counsel Brianne Dunn has joined the firm as an Education attorney. Bri advises the firm’s K-12 education clients, including public school districts and charter schools, on a wide range of education, labor, and employment law matters, including board governance, freedom of information and open meetings law, contracts, collective bargaining, student rights and responsibilities, special education, discrimination and harassment, and general personnel issues.
We are delighted to announce that Chambers and Partners again ranked Franczek P.C. among the leading Labor & Employment law firms in Illinois in its 2019 USA Guide. The firm continues to be the highest-ranked Labor & Employment boutique law firm in Illinois. Jim Franczek was recognized for the 23rd consecutive year in Band 1 of the rankings for individual attorneys. Only six other lawyers received that prestigious honor this year.
Franczek is delighted to announce that Jason Patterson has joined the firm as a Labor and Employment associate attorney. Jason represents the full spectrum of management clients served by the firm, including private- and public-sector employers in a variety of industries. Jason represents clients in litigation, administrative disputes, and collective-bargaining. He has expansive knowledge of and experience with litigating cases under multiple employment law statutes. He advises clients on employment issues such as termination, discipline, reasonable accommodation requests, employee classification, collective-bargaining agreements, employee handbooks, and wage and hour practices.
Jackie Wernz will present at the Chicago Bar Association on March 27.
The Daily Herald published a guest editorial by Franczek partner and Education Practice Group co-chair Ares Dalianis on Sunday, entitled "Bill needed to fix 'backward' property assessment process." The editorial addresses legislation proposed by newly elected Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi. As Ares explains, House Bill 2217 will have benefits for local school boards, improve the assessment process, and reduce compliance costs for all involved.
A recent article by Franczek attorneys Shelli Anderson and Melissa Sobota, "Trends in Collective Bargaining in 2019," was published in the March/April edition of The Illinois Journal. The article addresses the many changes, including a new governor, an amendment to the Illinois Pension code, the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus decision, and a national rise in activism among teachers, that will influence collective bargaining in the coming years.The full-text version of the article is available on the Illinois Association of School Board's website. You can also access the article beginning on page 22 of the digital version of the Journal.
Franczek is pleased to announce that eleven attorneys have been included on the 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Illinois are selected by Super Lawyers.
The 25th anniversary of a law firm is a significant milestone. For our firm, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, it is a time to celebrate achievement, the value of stable and long-term client relationships, and the fulfilling work that we do with our many talented colleagues. In addition to recognizing our strong past, our 25th anniversary is also about the future.
Immigration Practice Group leader Tejas Shah has been selected to Crain's Chicago 2018 Notable Minority Lawyers. Tejas joins a distinguished list of attorneys who are leading the legal profession in advancing justice and equality in Illinois and beyond. Join us in congratulating Tejas on this prestigous honor.
Franczek Radelet is delighted to announce Jackie Wernz has returned to the firm from her time at the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Jackie's return serves to further deepen our bench as we serve over 100 Illinois school districts that trust us with their most sensitive legal issues.