Ally Werntz represents and counsels employers in a variety of complex labor management relations issues and employment litigation matters. Ally primarily focuses her practice on labor relations, including collective bargaining, union organizing, representation proceedings, grievance and arbitration proceedings, and unfair labor practice proceedings arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). She also assists in representing employers in employment litigation matters involving disputes brought under various federal and state laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and wage and hour laws. Additionally, Ally counsels employers regarding compliance with labor and employment laws and advises on labor and employment aspects of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.
Ally represents clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, financial services, technology, automotive, railroad, and construction. She has represented manufacturing companies as the first chair lawyer in National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unfair labor practice hearings and in labor arbitrations.
In addition to her labor and employment practice, Ally, a former AmeriCorps volunteer, continues to follow her passion for public service by maintaining an active pro bono practice by, among other things, providing advice to nonprofit organizations and representing immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.
- March 2017
Joint Employment Relationships: Best Practices & Risks, LexisNexis
- September 2016
Creative Strategies For Protecting Your Confidential Information and Employee Data: Trade Secret, Illinois Non-Compete Agreements, and Biometrics, 2016 Jones Day Labor & Employment Law Discussion Group
- October 13, 2022
National Labor Relations Board Midterm Update: Key Issues, Initiatives, and Potential Developments Impacting Union and Non-Union Employers, 2022 Annual Labor & Employment Law Discussion Group
- University of Michigan (J.D. cum laude 2015; Production Editor, Michigan Journal of Gender & Law); Purdue University (B.A. in Psychology 2009)
- Illinois and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Consumer Outreach Specialist, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) (2009-2010)
"Rising Star" for Labor-Management Relations, The Legal 500 United States (2021, 2022)
"Ones to Watch" for Litigation - Labor and Employment, The Best Lawyers in America (2021, 2022, 2023)
"Rising Star," Illinois Super Lawyers (2021, 2022, 2023)
- Extern to Judge Raymond W. Mitchell, Circuit Court of Cook County (Summer 2013)