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David J. Fish

Founding Partner, Leader of Litigation Department
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David cares greatly about the people and companies that he represents in employment law and business disputes. That is why some of his clients have said things like this about him:

will fight till the end for the client he believes in and he surely did this for me and my company”, 

“always available to me, as if I was the only case he was handling” and

“reputation in the community for his thorough preparation and aggressive pursuit of his client’s interests.”

 After a finding in his client’s favor before the Illinois Human Rights Commission, one administrative law judge noted after reviewing his submitted qualifications that Mr. Fish “is particularly recognized and respected in the field, as a litigator, author, and seminar speaker.”   In November 2019, a United States Magistrate Judge in Chicago characterized Mr. Fish’s performance, along with other counsel, in a court order as follows:

displayed an extraordinary measure of excellence and courtesy that is unfortunately all too rare in today’s fractious and overly competitive atmosphere. They brought conspicuous skills to this case, and their conduct is proof that lawyers can act civilly and courteously and cooperatively in their dealings with each other without sacrificing in the slightest the obligations they owe to their clients.” 

David has served as lead counsel in hundreds of cases and disputes, has helped to recover tens of millions of dollars for his clients, and has tried a number of substantial cases to verdict.   He has represented a broad array of clients ranging from large publicly traded companies to janitors and they are all important to him and his firm. David is also active in his community by, for example, serving on an advisory board for a local food pantry, supporting many charities, and providing pro bono service through Prairie State Legal Services and others.

Mr. Fish graduated #2 in his law school class from Northern Illinois University College of Law after graduating from Illinois State University. Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Fish was employed by larger law firms. (Including, Jenner & Block in Chicago, Illinois as a summer associate and Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins/Collins Law). He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association which is a group of employment lawyers. Fish received a  “preeminent” ranking from Martindale Hubbell and has outstanding ratings on Google, Yelp, and Avvo and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of labor and employment law. David is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and available to serve on its employment panel.

David has, on several occasions, lectured at educational seminars for lawyers and other professionals. He has moderated a continuing legal education panel of federal magistrates and judges on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, he has presented before the Illinois State Bar Association on electronic discovery rules, and he testified before the United States Judicial Conference in Dallas, Texas regarding electronic discovery issues.

David is married and has three children and a dog.  He was previously the national burrito champion.   And, now, he practices yoga and meditation.

His publications include:  “Enforcing Non-Compete Clauses in Illinois after Reliable Fire”, Illinois Bar Journal; “Top 10 wage violations in Illinois”, ISBA Labor and Employment Newsletter (August, 2017); “Physician Non-Complete Agreements in Illinois: Diagnosis—Critical Condition; Prognosis- Uncertain” DuPage County Bar Journal (October 2002); “Are your clients’ arbitration clauses enforceable?” Illinois State Bar Association, ADR Newsletter (October 2012); “The Legal Rock and the Economic Hard Place: Remedies of Associate Attorneys Wrongfully Terminated for Refusing to Violate Ethical Rules”,  of W. Los Angeles Law Rev(1999); “Zero-Tolerance Discipline in Illinois Public Schools” Illinois Bar Journal (May 2001); “Ten Questions to Ask Before Taking a Legal-Malpractice Case” Illinois Bar Journal (July 2002); The Use Of The Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct to Establish The Standard of Care In Attorney Malpractice Litigation: An Illogical Practice”, Southern Illinois Univ. Law Journal (1998); “An Analysis of Firefighter Drug Testing under the Fourth Amendment”, International Jour. Of Drug Testing (2000); “Local Government Web sites and the First AmendmentGovernment Law(November 2001, Vol. 38).

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