Michael D. Karpeles
Firm:
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Phone:Array
Address: 77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60601

Membership: Professional & Community Involvement• Member, Chicago Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee• Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)• Chairman, Salvation Army Greater Chicago Advisory Board• Member, Salvation Army Cor
University: Wheaton College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1981, Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1985
Admitted: 1985, Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Biography: Michael D. Karpeles chairs the Chicago Labor & Employment Practice. He has wide-ranging experience in complex commercial litigation and concentrates his practice in employment law. Mike regularly defends employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies around the country in class and collective actions as well as individual cases involving allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge and violations of wage and hour laws. He also handles cases under the ADA, ERISA, FMLA and whistleblower statutes. He has litigated numerous matters involving covenants not to compete, employee raiding, trade secret misappropriation and employment contracts.Mike also provides advice and counsel to clients on how to minimize potential liability under the state and federal employment laws, including in connection with mass layoffs, reductions in force, merger and acquisition transactions, and OFCCP compliance audits. He negotiates and creates executive compensation, severance and release agreements, and advises companies concerning their employment policies. In both litigation and counseling, he has represented clients in a number of industries, including utility services, metals, manufacturing, retail, banking and financial services, airlines, toys and sporting goods, cellular communications, real estate management, proprietary electronic trading, debt collection, consumer products, computer, health care, clinical research, education, and not-for-profit organizations. Areas of Concentration• Defend class and individual discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation• Non-compete and trade secret litigation• Wage and hour class and collective action defense• Employment and executive compensation agreements• Strategic advice in connection with reductions in force (RIFs), mass layoffs, and corporate transactions to minimize employment law risks• OFCCP, DOL and other government agency investigations and defense of litigation Awards & Recognition• Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2008-2015 • Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2012-2015 • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2009, 2012-2015 • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2008-2015 • Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2011 and 2013 • fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers • Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Associated News & EventsPress Releases06.03.15 Fourteen Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys and Five Practices Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide 05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide 01.13.15 63 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers 09.08.14 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Practice Receives Multiple Recognitions 05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide 09.06.13 18 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America 05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 171 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas 01.11.13 Forty-Five Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers Network in Illinois 01.11.13 36 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Edition of Illinois Super Lawyers 12.23.11 Greenberg Traurig's Labor and Employment Practice Recognized Among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year Alerts08.06.13 Illinois Legislature Passes Major Changes to Illinois Employment Laws 06.07.13 EEOC Offers Guidance on ADA Workplace Accommodations Articles, Publications, & LecturesPublications• Author, Boardroom Lessons From The Disney/Ovitz Case, The Corporate Board, November/December, 2005 • Author, Class Action Warfare, The Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2004 • Author, Mandatory Arbitration in the Workplace, HR.com, August 2002 • Author, ADA Related Ruling, HR.com, July 2002 • Author, How to Protect Your Company's Interests: Proper Use of Non-Compete Clauses, HR.com, June 2002 • Author, Supreme Court Case On Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Regulation, HR.com, May 2002 • Author, Non-Compete Clauses May Cause Legal Problems for Laid Off Dot.Comers and their New Employers, HR.com, April 2002 • Author, Proactive Strategies to Prevent Employment Class Action Suits, Employment Review, August 2000 • Author, Employers Beware: Retaliation Lawsuits on the Rise, Employment Review, February, 2000 • Author, Employment Contracts More Common, Employment Review, December, 1998 • Author, Set Guidelines for Workplace Romance, Human Resource Professional, January/February 1998 • Author, Employment Issues: Workplace Romance, Human Resource Management News, June 1997 • Author, Advice to 50-Somethings, The Journal of Commerce, May 1997 • Author, Youth Gangs Emerging as Workplace Plague, The Bridgenews Forum, October 1997 Speaking Engagements• Speaker, 2013 FMLA Master Class for Illinois Employers: Overcoming Compliance and Employee Leave Challenges, BLR, Chicago, IL, September 12, 2013 • Panelist, Screening & Investigating Prospective Employees, Law Bulletin Seminars' Annual Employment Law Conference, Chicago, IL, September 19, 2012Bar Fellowship: The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5AV , BV , AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.Articles, Publications, & LecturesPublications• Author, Boardroom Lessons From The Disney/Ovitz Case,The Corporate Board, November/December, 2005•Author, Class Action Warfare,The Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2004•Author, Mandatory Arbitration in the Workplace,HR.com, August 2002•Author, ADA Related Ruling,HR.com, July 2002•Author, How to Protect Your Company's Interests: Proper Use of Non-Compete Clauses,HR.com, June 2002•Author, Supreme Court Case On Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Regulation,HR.com, May 2002•Author, Non-Compete Clauses May Cause Legal Problems for Laid Off Dot.Comers and their New Employers,HR.com, April 2002•Author, Proactive Strategies to Prevent Employment Class Action Suits,Employment Review, August 2000•Author, Employers Beware: Retaliation Lawsuits on the Rise,Employment Review, February, 2000•Author, Employment Contracts More Common,Employment Review, December, 1998•Author, Set Guidelines for Workplace Romance,Human Resource Professional, January/February 1998•Author, Employment Issues: Workplace Romance,Human Resource Management News, June 1997•Author, Advice to 50-Somethings,The Journal of Commerce, May 1997•Author, Youth Gangs Emerging as Workplace Plague,The Bridgenews Forum, October 1997Speaking Engagements•Speaker, 2013 FMLA Master Class for Illinois Employers: Overcoming Compliance and Employee Leave Challenges, BLR, Chicago, IL, September 12, 2013•Panelist, Screening & Investigating Prospective Employees, Law Bulletin Seminars' Annual Employment Law Conference, Chicago, IL, September 19, 2012Associated News & EventsPress-Releases05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide09.06.13 19 Greenberg Traurig Chicago Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 176 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas01.11.13 Forty-Seven Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers Network in Illinois01.11.13 38 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Edition of Illinois Super Lawyers12.23.11 Greenberg Traurig's Labor and Employment Practice Recognized Among Law360's Employment Groups of the Year02.20.09 Labor & Employment Lawyer Michael D. Karpeles Joins Greenberg Traurig's Chicago OfficeAlerts08.06.13 Illinois Legislature Passes Major Changes to Illinois Employment Laws06.07.13 EEOC Offers Guidance on ADA Workplace Accommodations Member: Professional & Community Involvement•President, Salvation Army Correctional Services Program Advisory Council• Member, Chicago Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee• Member, Salvation Army Greater Chicago Advisory Board• Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)