Jacob Aleknavicius's practice covers all aspects of labor and employment, including traditional labor law, advising on labor and employment issues that arise in multimillion dollar corporation transactions, class action litigation defense, and counseling employers on all facets of the employer-employee relationship. Jacob's team-orientated approach is instrumental in ensuring that clients receive the most meaningful results possible, both inside and outside the courtroom. In his well-rounded practice, Jacob has largely worked with employers in the following industries: health care, private equity, hospitality, manufacturing, oil and gas, railroad, and transportation.
Jacob's practice centers on traditional labor, such as defending employers against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, litigating complex disputes under the Railway Labor Act, and assisting with bargaining, strikes, work stoppages, and labor arbitrations. In addition, Jacob regularly advises clients on navigating through difficult, multijurisdiction labor and/or employment issues in corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures.
Further, Jacob has defended employers against class and collective wage and hour actions in federal court and also has experience defending employers in state courts and agencies across the United States against discrimination, disability, retaliation, and leave claims. Jacob also counsels employers on drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, updating employer policies to account for changes in state and local laws, and addressing issues with respect to executive departures. As part of his pro bono practice, Jacob counsels local nonprofits on labor and employment aspects of their operations.
- Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D. magna cum laude 2020; Order of the Coif); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Communication 2017)
- Illinois and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois