Jon Linas has been designated a "Rising Star" by Law360 (one of seven nationally) and a "Next Generation Lawyer" by The Legal 500. His success is reflected in the numerous favorable, case-dispositive decisions he has obtained for clients such as American Commercial Lines, McDonald's, R.J. Reynolds, Service Corporation International, and Verizon in litigation and administrative proceedings throughout the country.
Jon's practice covers a range of labor and employment matters. He serves as trial counsel to McDonald's in the company's litigation before the National Labor Relations Board alleging it is a joint employer with various of its franchisees. Jon also has experience defending employers in statewide and nationwide class and collective actions under wage-hour laws; has secured repeated victories for clients facing single or multiplaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation; and has defended employers faced with high-stakes investigations and proceedings before federal administrative agencies, including the EEOC, the United States Department of Labor's Wage Hour Division, the Veterans' Employment & Training Service, and the National Labor Relations Board. Jon also has experience defending employers in trade secret and noncompete matters and claims under USERRA.
Jon is actively involved in the Chicago community. He serves as chairman-elect of the Board of Directors for the Anixter Center, which strives to improve the lives of people with disabilities and support their efforts to live, learn, work, and play in their communities. He also has participated in Chicago's Working in the Schools (WITS) program, which promotes literacy and the love of reading among Chicago's youth by providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to elementary school children in the CPS system.
Legal and Practical Considerations for Employers Weighing COVID-19 Vaccination as a Condition of Continued Employment
Emerging Testing Technologies Offer Potentially Significant Improvements for COVID-19 Screening Programs
- June 6, 2019
Using and Protecting Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data (Jones Day University)
- June 9, 2016
Workplace Compliance in 2016: Pay Equity, Overtime Regulations, and the New Wave of Biometrics Lawsuits, Jones Day MCLE University
- October 8, 2014
2014 Labor & Employment Law Discussion Group
Hot Topics in Employment Law: Wage-Hour, Technology in the Workplace, Free Speech in the Workplace, and Retaliation, Ronald McDonald House Charities International Conference
Retaliation: New Strategies To Avoid The Newly Expanded And Seemingly Endless Retaliation Protections, Shook, Hardy & Bacon Annual Seminar: Hot Topics In Employment Law
Understanding Employee Leave Laws & The Americans With Disabilities Act, Shook, Hardy & Bacon In-House Seminar: SuperSkills
- Washington University in St. Louis (J.D. 2005; Executive Articles Editor, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy); University of Kansas (B.A. in English 2002; Phi Beta Kappa)
- Illinois; Missouri; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Indiana, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, Western District of Missouri, and Eastern District of Michigan
Law360, Rising Star (2016) — 1 of 7 attorneys nationwide selected for "rising star" honor
Legal 500 US (2015-2017) — 1 of 14 Tier 1 "Next Generation Lawyers" nationwide selected for labor & employment disputes: defense (2017) and recommended attorney for L&EDD (2015-2017); recommended attorney: labor-management relations (2017)