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Carlos S. Arévalo

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Education

Northeastern University, J.D., 1991

Boston College, B.A., 1988

Admissions

Illinois

Massachusetts (retired) 

Carlos has been practicing law for more than 20 years and still enjoys it as much as when he first started. His goal in practice is to not merely meet, but to consistently exceed his client’s expectations. Carlos represents public and private sector clients ranging from municipalities to closely-held corporations in the areas of labor and employment and local government law.

He represents corporations in employment contract and benefit disputes and advocates for his clients in court at the state and federal level and administrative proceedings before the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Labor Relations Board, Illinois Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Additionally, he represents public sector entities as corporate counsel with issues related to governance, statutory compliance, zoning and planning as well as public employee benefits, termination, discipline, collective bargaining and other general employment matters. He serves as counsel for several municipalities in Northern Illinois. In this capacity he advises on growth and development matters and provides day-to-day advice and counsel.

A true believer in the value of service, Carlos is president of the McHenry County Bar Association and is active in leadership for the Illinois State Bar Association’s labor and employment related committees. He sits on the board of directors of the McHenry County United Way and Mercy Harvard Hospital and is a member of the Leadership Greater McHenry County Class of 2013 serving on the alumni and curriculum committees.

Born in El Salvador, Carlos moved to Rhode Island as a teen. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Memberships & Involvement

  • President: McHenry County Bar Association, 2014-2015
  • Illinois State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Council: Secretary 2014-2015, Vice Chair 2015-2016; Chair 2016-2017
  • Member: Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Law Section Council  (2016-2017) 
  • Legislative Committee: Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • Regional Community Board: Mercy Health System

News & Press Releases

  • May 28, 2015
  • New law nixes criminal question from job applications - Carlos Arévalo Quoted in Northwest Herald
    Northwest Herald, September 6, 2014
  • Tattoo policies vary based on industry, culture - Carlos Arévalo Quoted in Northwest Herald 
    Northwest Herald, August 3, 2014
  • A fast learner and riser - Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Carlos Arévalo
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 14, 2014
  • First minority elected to lead McHenry County Bar - Northwest Herald Highlights Carlos Arévalo
    Northwest Herald, July 6, 2014

Blog

Contributing Author, SmithAmundsen's Labor & Employment Law Update, a labor and employment advisory blog.

Contributing Author, Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Dispatch, an HR advisory blog.

Publications

  • ISBA's Labor & Employment Law Newsletter, April 2016
  • Managers Must Keep Up with New OSHA Reporting Rules
    Northwest Herald, March 8, 2015
  • Police and Fire Discharge: Arbitration vs. Commission- What Does the Collective Bargaining Agreement Say? 
    Labor and Employment Law , December 2014
  • Warehouse Workers Only Entitled to "Work Time" Pay
    Northwest Herald, December 14, 2014
  • 'Ban the Box' Law Going into Effect in 2015
    Northwest Herald , August 3, 2014
  • Internship Programs: Paid or Unpaid?
    ZRFM Local Government Law Newsletter, May 14, 2014
  • College Campuses: A Potentially Target-Rich Environment for Organized Labor
    ZRFM Local Government Law Newsletter, April 3, 2014
  • Department of Revenue’s New Sales Tax Allocation Emergency and Proposed Rules Following Hartney Decision
    ZRFM Local Government Law Newsletter, January 24, 2014
  • PSEBA Recipient Reporting Forms
    ZRFM Local Government Law Newsletter, November 14, 2013
  • The Supreme Court’s Vance v. Ball State University decision –Who is a supervisor for purposes of Title VII?
    Labor and Employment Law, newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law, September 2013
  • A Recent PSEBA Decision: Lifetime Benefits They Are Not!
    Labor & Employment Law, newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Section on Labor & Employment Law, March 2013
  • A Recent PSEBA Decision: Lifetime Benefits They Are Not!
    ZRFM Local Government Law Newsletter, January 29, 2013
  • Second District Appellate Court Reaffirms Ground Rules on SSA Objection Petitions
    Local Government Law, Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Local Government Law, April 2011
  • The Continuing Expansion of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act
    Local Government Law, Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Local Government Law, June 2010
  • The Continuing Expansion of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act
    Municipal Matters, ZRFM Newsletter, Spring 2010

Presentations & Events

  • Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, September 22, 2016
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Webinar, November 10, 2015
  • MCC Shah Center, McHenry, IL, September 10, 2015
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Webinar, August 13, 2015
  • Sales Tax Litigation in Illinois
    Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2014
  • FOIA & OMA in the Internet Age
    Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2014
  • Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings in the Internet Age
    Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2013
  • Independent Contractors v. Employees: What you don’t know might hurt you
    The CPE Club, Crystal Lake, IL, July 2013
  • Open Meetings Act and FOIA in the Internet Age
    Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, October 2012
  • Workforce Readiness for McHenry County’s Special Populations
    Stateline Society for Human Resource Management, August 2012
  • Overview and Legal Implications of Social Media and the Workplace - What Every Employer Needs to Know
    Stateline Society for Human Resource Management, September 2011
  • Issues Facing Municipalities in a Difficult Economic Climate: Fiscal Responsibility and Termination of Employees as a Cost-Cutting Measure
    Illinois State Bar Association MCLE Program, June 2011
  • Key Issues in Local Government Law, A Look at FOIA, Open Meetings Act, Election Communications and Attorney Conflicts
    Illinois State Bar Association MCLE Program, April 8, 2010