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James F. Hendricks, Jr.

Of Counsel


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1973

Loyola University Chicago, M.S., 1968

Indiana University, B.S., 1966  



United States Supreme Court

As Jim describes it, he was one of those weird kids who knew exactly what he wanted to do when he grew up; labor and employment negotiations. He went to law school specifically to defend employers. As a member of our Labor & Employment Practice Group, Jim represents a variety of employers in union campaigns, National Labor Relations Board charges, collective bargaining, discrimination and human resource issues. His clients work in a variety of industries, including automotive, construction, hospitality, manufacturing and health care.

Jim counsels operations and human resource executives on a variety of issues regarding the development and implementation of employment policies and procedures. He counsels employers facing labor and employment issues that arise in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, personnel transactions, and also advises on preventive labor and employment strategies and training.

In his career, Jim has handled more than 250 union representation campaigns across the nation. He has represented single employers and hundreds of companies in multi-employer negotiations covering thousands of employees, and filed appearances in more than 300 cases where a union election was being conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. He has also successfully negotiated first contracts after certification.


  • Elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers 
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© in Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management: 2018

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section 


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.