Jon Linas has nearly two decades of experience representing Fortune 500 employers in high-profile labor and employment matters. He has been designated a "Rising Star" by Law360 (one of seven nationally) and a "Next Generation Lawyer" by The Legal 500, among other honors.
Jon has extensive experience litigating labor and employment claims in courts and administrative agencies throughout the country, including jury trial experience. He was trial counsel to McDonald's USA in its high-profile litigation before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleging the company is a joint employer with its franchisees. In recent years, Jon has advised countless employers on matters arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently defending claims challenging clients' COVID-19 safety and health policies, including mandatory vaccination policies, in courts nationwide. Jon also has experience counseling and defending claims against health care employers, including a regional hospital system and a nationwide home health care provider.
Additional experience includes defending class and collective actions under wage-hour laws; claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws; trade secret and restrictive covenant claims and advice; and navigating high-stakes investigations and proceedings before federal and state administrative agencies.
Jon also has a robust counseling practice. He routinely advises on executive departures and related matters. He is an active speaker and writer who is particularly interested in the employment implications of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence.
Jon is proud to serve the Chicago community. He recently served as chairman of the board of the Anixter Center, a century-old organization serving people with disabilities, behavioral health needs, and who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing.
Prevailing Wages and More: Developer and Contractor Obligations in CHIPS Act-Funded Construction Projects
Biden Administration Executive Order Would Expand Regulatory Intervention in Markets Across the Economy
Illinois Employers Face Significant New Requirements, Penalties Under Equal Pay Act, Business Corporation Act Amendments
- 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); 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 (2015-2021) — Tier 1 "Next Generation Lawyer" for Labor & Employment Disputes: Defense; Recommended Attorney Labor and Employment Disputes: Defense