Mark D. Nelson is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group. Mark has represented management in labor relations and employment discrimination law for 25 years. He has extensive experience representing employers in a wide variety of industries in labor matters, including union avoidance, union organizing campaigns, labor disputes and unfair labor practice proceedings.
Mark also has considerable experience representing employers in arbitration hearings on issues such as discharge, discipline, contract interpretation and management rights. He has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements, including initial contracts and successor agreements, for employers in health care, manufacturing and service industries. He regularly provides advice and counsel regarding contract administration and interpretation to clients who have collective bargaining relationships, as well as client who wish to avoid them.
Mark has also represented employers in matters before state and federal agencies and courts on virtually all types of discrimination claims, retaliatory discharge suits, breach of contract actions, and wage and hour cases, among others. He has been retained to serve as special investigative counsel in several sensitive sexual harassment matters.
Mark provides advice and counsel to employers on the many labor and employment challenges they face on a day-to-day basis and is a frequent speaker regarding labor relations matters, sexual harassment, effective discipline and other subjects.
Mark has been elected to Leading Lawyers Network of Illinois by his peers.
In General. Mark received his bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and his J.D. from the University of Illinois. He frequently speaks and writes about labor and employment law topics. He has served on the board of directors of a large tertiary hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area, including two years as the board chair.