Jennifer M. Ballard is an associate in the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. She represents private and public sector employers in a full range of labor and employment matters. Ms. Ballard regularly represents clients in federal and state courts, before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and similar state agencies, and before both the U.S. and Illinois Departments of Labor. Her traditional labor practice includes representing employers during union organizing efforts, collective bargaining negotiations, grievance and arbitration proceedings, strikes, and administrative hearings before the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Ms. Ballard was selected to the Rising Stars list, in the area of Employment Litigation, by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. In 2009, she was named by Diversity MBA Magazine to the “Emerging Leader” section of its “Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders.” Ms. Ballard is also a coauthor of Ch. 1, NLRB Jurisdiction, THE LABOR LAW HANDBOOK (IICLE®, 2013). Ms. Ballard earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she earned a Certificate in Health Law.
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.