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Michael D. Wong

Partner

Education

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

University of Illinois B.A., 2003

Admissions

Illinois

As a management-side labor and employment law attorney, Mike’s passion is coming up with efficient and common sense solutions so that business owners can focus on their passion, their business. Every day Mike strives to provide aggressive and responsible representation to his clients that range in size and industry.

Mike advises and represents clients on employment law issues and lawsuits, including discrimination and harassment, ADA disability issues and accommodations, FMLA administration and claims, recreational and medical cannabis issues in the workplace, drug testing and reasonable suspicion, employee handbook and policy issues, wage and hour issues, class actions, employment contract disputes, unfair competition and trade secrets, and other labor and employment issues arising under state, federal and administrative laws.

Mike is skilled in helping clients address a multitude of different problems and issues through common sense advice, helping review and revise policies and procedures, providing management and employee training, conducting investigations as a neutral third party investigator and litigating cases and claims.

One could say that being a lawyer is in his blood, as Mike followed the footsteps of his mother and uncle into the profession. Mike got an early introduction to the practice of law in his mother’s law firm as a kid first organizing and moving files, then helping with clients and filing, and when in law school drafting pleadings and attending hearings. After becoming an attorney, Mike started practicing at her law firm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, before working for two boutique firms in Chicago, where he specialized in defending excessive force claims, 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 wife and two sons, coaching baseball, playing soccer and fishing. He is also involved locally as a Board Member of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce and the AMITA Health St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board, a philanthropic organization that supports AMITA Health Hospitals.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Board (2012–Present); Secretary (2014–Present); Illinois Fox Valley Society for Human Resource Management (IL Fox Valley SHRM); Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA); National Association of College Attorneys (NACUA); American Bar Association
  • Board Of Directors: Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Kane County Bar Association: 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)

Experience

  • 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 numerous dismissals and unsubstantiated findings by the IDHR and EEOC relating to charges of discrimination.
  • Successfully defended Illinois Department of Labor complaint for wages by truck owner-operator based upon claim of misclassification.
  • Obtained an order of protection for an employer against a former employee and related individuals to protect its current employees from violence

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.

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