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Michael J. Gray

Practice Leader Labor & Employment


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  • Northwestern University (J.D. 1992; Editorial Board, Journal of International Law and Business); University of Michigan (B.A. 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois; U.S. District Courts for the: Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; and Western District of Wisconsin; and U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits

Michael Gray's practice focuses on representing corporate clients with complex employment matters, including class action and multiplaintiff employment discrimination lawsuits, state law overtime class actions, FLSA collective actions, and trade secret and restrictive covenant matters. He represents employers throughout the U.S. in bench and jury trials, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and appellate courts in matters arising under federal and state antidiscrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the FMLA, ERISA, labor management relations laws, and state law wrongful discharge claims. Michael also advises clients on preventive measures, including reviewing policies, counseling on disciplinary actions and investigations, negotiating severance agreements, and conducting employment practices reviews.

Michael co-chairs the Firm's Global Labor & Employment Practice. He brings a creative, business-minded approach to problem-solving and litigation. In recognition by Chambers and Legal 500, clients praised him by stating "he's the guy I want in front of the judge" and "quickly gets down to the nuts and bolts and gets people focused on what's important — his approach is unique and he gets exceptional results."

Michael was named one of the "Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" by HR Executive magazine and Lawdragon for the last eight years. He is a frequent speaker for the ABA's Labor and Employment Section and is a member of the Advisory Board of The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations and NYU Law's Center for Labor and Employment Law. Michael also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recognized as one of 26 Leading Lawyers nationally for employment litigation by The Legal 500 US

    Law360 "Employment MVP" (2017)

    Consistently ranked as a top employment lawyer by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, Best Lawyers, and Illinois Super Lawyers

    Fellow, The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
Michael Gray