Thomas Y. Mandler is a Partner at Akerman LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates in labor and employment law. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2009 – present) and has been recognized in the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers’ Hall of Fame by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon (2016 – present). He was a member of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Board of Directors (1982 – 1995), of which he served as Chair (1993 – 1994) and on its Executive Committee (1988 – 1995). Mr. Mandler received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of the Iron Cross Honor Society, and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was the Associate Editor of the Law Forum.
John T. Roache is a Partner at Akerman LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on labor and employment relations. He is the author of Independent Contractor Classification Training Presentation in the Lexis Practice Advisor Practice Note (2018). Mr. Roache received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.