Chicago Employment Lawyer

For discreet and confidential legal advice regarding their most sensitive employment agreement issues, business executives and professionals across the Chicagoland area look to attorney Ruth Major. Ms. Major is uniquely qualified to represent executives and professionals in all aspects of employment law. Having represented first-tier employers and employees, Ms. Major understands both sides and uses that unique perspective to the advantage of her clients. She now applies the invaluable knowledge and experience she has acquired representing blue chip employers for the benefit of executive-level employees.

As a chief attorney in the employment law department of a large corporation in Chicago, Ms. Major was involved in handling a wide range of employment matters as an insider, including participating in decision-making that affected executives at the highest levels.

Ms. Major was selected for inclusion in 2012 through 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers® and has been selected among the Top Women Attorneys in Illinois for 2012 through 2016 as well. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only 5% of the attorneys in Illinois are named to the Super Lawyers list each year and fewer than 2% of women attorneys in Illinois are named to the list of Top Women Attorneys in Illinois.

In addition, Ms. Major is recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in the area of "Employment Law: Employee" as selected by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2012 through 2016, which conducts independent research and peer surveys as part of the selection process. This distinction is earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois. She has also recognized as a Leading Women Lawyer in Illinois for years 2012 through 2016 as selected by the Leading Lawyers Network for being among those lawyers who were most often recommended by their peers in statewide surveys.

Ms. Major was also selected as a ACQ Global Awards category winner for US (Midwest) Employment lawyer of the year for 2014 and The Law Offices of Ruth I. Major was selected as a category winner for US (Midwest) Employment Law Firm of the year for 2014. Ms. Major is also a category winner in the US Leading Lawyers section and the Firm is an overall category winner for 2014. For the last 11 years, ACQ magazine has established itself as the leading monthly title for the M&A advisory community, requested by over 106,000 senior executives in the market and providing them with a regular snapshot of industry activity that has taken place around the world. For the past eight years, the ACQ Global Awards have been celebrating achievement, innovation and brilliance in their annual awards. This is an independent nomination process with the award winners chosen by the industry itself. All category winners in the ACQ Global Awards 2014 represent this ethos.

Ms. Major is rated Superb by Avvo (10 out of 10), a firm that independently rates lawyers using a mathematical model to ensure consistency, and she has been selected by the Ten Leaders Program as one of the top ten lawyers focusing on Employment Law in Chicago Region. Leaders are chosen in the areas of law, medicine, finance, architecture and technology based on independent and unsolicited research.

Ms. Major is a popularly acknowledged authority on employment matters and has been cited as an authority on employment issues by, among others, The Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business and The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch. Major media and legal outlets across the country such as the ABC News, NBC News, The Today Show, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin have reported Ms. Major's achievements with respect to employment law matters. A detailed listing of Ms. Major's media involvement can be read here.

Her successes include ground-breaking achievements in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Her courtroom successes include multiple million-dollar settlements and the first parental status discrimination trial in Illinois history resulting in an award in excess of $350,000 (including a $100,000 award of punitive damages).

High-Stakes Employment Litigation Attorney

As a partner in the litigation department of a large Chicago law firm, Ms. Major represented Fortune 500 companies as outside counsel in employment matters, including negotiations of employment agreements, enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and litigation of employment discrimination claims. Ms. Major's matters have been both inside and outside the state of Illinois including Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Colorado and Indiana.

Employment Contract Review and Negotiation

Ms. Major regularly represents lawyers, physicians and executives in negotiating employment and severance agreements. She provides legal counsel regarding non-compete agreements, compensation disputes, whistleblower rights and wrongful termination. In the course of her practice, Ms. Major has represented scores of clients in matters that resulted in settlements totaling in millions of dollars.

Contact a Chicago Employment Attorney

To confidentially discuss your employment-related legal matter with attorney Ruth Major, contact her downtown Chicago, Illinois, office by calling 312-893-7544. You can also contact her firm online to schedule an appointment.