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Sara Zorich

Partner

Education

IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2006

Michigan State University, B.A., 2000

Admissions

Illinois

Pennsylvania

When employers need assistance with workplace compliance, Sara is their first call. She concentrates her practice on day-to-day employment and labor counseling, immigration workplace enforcement, wage and hour issues and workplace discrimination issues for her clients.  

She routinely works with clients on needs relating to I-9 audits, I-9 and E-Verify compliance, workplace enforcement counseling, defense of governmental immigration related audits and defense of discrimination claims relating to immigration status. 

Sara also focuses her practice on governmental wage and hour audits, wage and hour single plaintiff claims and class action claims nationwide. She effectively and efficiently assists her clients in analyzing potential damages and defenses in wage and hour matters along with swift resolution of such claims. Sara has participated in negotiations with the proponents regarding work authorization issues to help shape Illinois legislation with an eye on protecting employers to the extent greatest possible.

Honors

  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars": 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: American Immigration Lawyers Association; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Illinois State Bar Association

Experience

  • Successfully dismissed a class action under Illinois minimum wage law claiming the defendant failed to pay for all hours worked and applicable overtime after coordinating a Rule 68 offer
  • Won dismissal of a class action law suit 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.
  • Successfully obtained denial of motion for class certification ‎in contentious FLSA and IMWL wage and hour matter. District Court found the purported class representative was not adequate due to evidence of dishonesty concerning his own time reports. Aggressive discovery strategy and effort led to proof that the former employee was working for multiple employers at same time; committing time fraud.

Blog

Contributing Author, SmithAmundsen's The Labor & Employment Law Update, a labor and employment advisory blog.

Contributing Author, Illinois Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Dispatch, an HR advisory blog.

Presentations & Events