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Rebecca Dobbs Bush

Partner

Education

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

Northern Illinois University, B.S., 2000

Admissions

Illinois

Wisconsin 

As a former human resources consultant that worked with a variety of businesses in different industries, Rebecca has a unique understanding of the legal landmines her clients face every day. Rebecca thoughtfully and skillfully provides management with advice and counsel in human resource matters, wage and hour issues, employee benefit compliance and employment litigation. When Rebecca advises on difficult matters relating to compliance with ERISA and the tax code, she is able to consolidate the complexities of compliance into understandable and practical advice and guidance.

While often the goal is to avoid litigation, it is also important to have an attorney that is willing to move forward with litigation when it becomes necessary. Rebecca has experience handling numerous matters before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies in both Illinois and Wisconsin.

When she is not working she is actively participating in local events and fundraising efforts within her community in Wisconsin.

Honors

Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list of “Rising Stars”: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Memberships & Involvement

Member: Illinois State Bar Association; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Wisconsin State Bar Association; National Society of Human Resource Management; American Benefits Council 

Past President: Illinois Fox Valley Society of Human Resource Management

Past Board Member: Crossing Rivers Health Foundation

Experience

  • Procured dismissal and successfully negotiated nuisance-value settlements in well over 100 employment discrimination claims in both state and federal agencies.
  • Successfully represented clients towards favorable resolution in many U.S. DOL and IRS Audits as well as Multiemployer Pension and Welfare Funds audit and litigation.
  • Procured dismissal of a class action lawsuit with zero settlement money paid after proving that the plaintiff did not meet the requirements of their employment agreement and therefore owed the defendant money.
  • Prevailed in defending non-compete litigation in federal court after establishing that the agreement at issue violated the Wisconsin Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

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

Presentations & Events