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Michael D. Wong



Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., 2006

University of Illinois B.A., 2003



The changing of laws and introduction of new laws makes it difficult for employers to understand their responsibilities and avoid legal pitfalls. Mike is able to guide employers and help them avoid potential problems.

Mike advises and represents clients in matters relating to discrimination and harassment issues and lawsuits under Title VII, disability issues under the ADA, FMLA claims, wage and hour issues, class actions, employee handbook and policy issues, medical cannabis in the workplace, and other labor and employment issues arising under state, federal and administrative laws. His minor in information technology is particularly helpful in understanding how technology systems impact employers and businesses.

Mike truly enjoys the practice of law. He got an early introduction to the profession by helping out at his mother’s law firm when he was growing up. Mike then started his practice out at her law firm, before working for two boutique firms in Chicago, where he specialized in contract disputes, civil litigation, class actions and employment law matters. He enjoys problem solving and is dedicated to finding unique answers to clients’ problems in order to give them the best result.

When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his young sons, playing soccer and fishing. He is also on the Presence St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board, a philanthropic organization that supports Presence Health Hospitals.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Board, (2012 – Present), Secretary (2014 – Present); Northwest Human Resources Council; American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors: Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Kane County Bar Association: Labor & Employment Law Committee member (2012 – Present); Labor & Employment Law Committee Chair, (2014 – Present); Bar Briefs, Editorial Board member (2013 – Present); Bar Briefs Editor (2015-2016)
  • Illinois State Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division (2008 – 2014); Solo & Small Firm Conference Planning Committee (2009)


  • Obtained a motion to dismiss for a municipality facing claims of breach of contract and violating the insurance code, federal equal protection clause and Illinois Constitution pension protection clause relating to its health insurance for employees and retirees, and successfully defended the municipality on appeal leading to plaintiffs voluntarily dismissing the remaining federal equal protection clause claim
  • Obtained a motion to dismiss for a restaurant facing claims of misclassification and unpaid overtime, wages and expenses relating to its delivery drivers
  • Obtained a motion to dismiss for a restaurant facing claims of misclassification and unpaid wages relating to its chef
  • Obtained an order of protection for an employer against a former employee and related individuals to protect its current employees from violence


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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