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Jonathon D. Hoag



Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., 2006, magna cum laude

University of Missouri-Columbia, M.P.A., Human Resources Management, 1998

Truman State University, B.S., Justice Systems, 1996



Jon Hoag knows what his clients are going through. He started his career as a human resources manager dealing with the same management –side issues clients see every day. He actually went to law school specifically to help others deal with issues like wage and hour compliance, employee counseling and discipline, safety, employee relations and compliance with leave laws.

Jon provides practical and economical solutions to complex employment issues. His focus is always on identifying the best legal strategy for his client long term, which includes providing solutions to minimize litigation. However, when litigation is necessary he successfully defends employment-based lawsuits, obtaining the best outcome for his clients.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: American Bar Association, Grundy Will Human Resource Association
  • Labor & Employment Law Section Council: Illinois State Bar Association
  • Publication Board and Chair of the Labor & Employment Committee: DuPage County Bar Association
  • Human Resource Advisory Committee: Illinois Chamber of Commerce


  • Obtained dismissal of a claim filed under the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act based on statutory interpretation of a section of the Act that had not been decided by the courts, and dismissal was affirmed on appeal
  • Leveraged a nuisance settlement in an executive employment contract case by asserting a novel defense based on agency law, which was developed in response to the plaintiff’s early summary judgment motion and settlement demand of approximately $300,000, plus fees
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a four-day retrial of a gender discrimination case where the plaintiff alleged she was passed up for a promotion at a large shipping company because of her gender. The first trial ended in a partial mistrial with the jury deadlocked on the gender discrimination claim.
  • Successfully enforced an employment contract and obtained damages on behalf of an employer when a high-level employee attempted to abandon contractual obligations
  • Defeated a union’s attempt to obtain a temporary restraining order in circuit court by arguing the matter had to be arbitrated, and then defeated the union’s claims in arbitration
  • Defended an employer as co-counsel in a multi-day arbitration proceeding and obtained an arbitration award completely denying a former employee’s claim for earned commissions under a complex compensation agreement


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.


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