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Jonathan M. Linas (Jon)


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  • 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)

Bar Admissions

  • 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

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.

Areas of Focus

Honors & Distinctions

  • 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)
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