Overview

Steven L. Gillman is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and leader of the Chicago Labor and Employment Group. Mr. Gillman's practice emphasizes employment litigation, including claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, misappropriation and use of trade secrets, defamation and other torts arising in the employment setting. He has extensive first-chair trial experience. He has appeared in cases in more than 25 states, and has tried cases in eight states. He has also handled a broad range of issues for unionized clients, including numerous labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice cases, and issues relating to union representation cases. He has amassed an extraordinary record of success in the cases he has tried. He has obtained numerous published summary judgments in cases filed in state and federal courts across the country.

Mr. Gillman has served as arbitrator in employment disputes as a member of the Employment and Commercial Panels of the American Arbitration Association since 1996.

Mr. Gillman has conducted seminars for the Society of Human Resource Professionals, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Urban League, National Business Institute, Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Committee. He has been a featured speaker at the Conference of Casualty Insurance Companies Personnel Seminar, Property and Casualty Insurers Association Human Resources Conference, Chicago Claim Managers Council Educational Seminar, Central Claim Executives Association Conference and Illinois Workforce Education Conference. Mr. Gillman is a contributing editor of the Desk Manual for Labor and Employment Law, Labor and Employment Committee of the American Bar Association. 

Reported Cases:

  • Jam Productions v. National Labor Relations Board and Theatrical Stage Employees Union Local No. 2, IATSE, 893 F.3d 1037 (7th Cir. 2018)
  • Jam Productions and Event Productions, Inc. v. Theatrical Stage Employees Union Local No. 2, IATSE, 367 NLRB No. 330 (2018)
  • Diaz v. Elgin School District #U-46, 2011 WL 4431173 (N.D. Ill. 2011)
  • Ramos v. Commonwealth Edison Company d/b/a ComEd, 2009 WL 2588880 (N.D. Ill. 2009)
  • Local Union 15 v. Commonwealth Edison Company, 2007 WL 2852601 (N.D. Ill. 2007)
  • Gagen v. Continental Cas. Co., 2007 WL 57576 (N.D. Ill. 2007)
  • Larson v. Continental Insurance Co., 06 C 921(Ill. C.A.)
  • Bingham v. CNA Financial Corp., 408 F.Supp.2d 563 (N.D. Ill.2005)
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Companies v. Henshaw, 95 S.W.3d 866 (Sup. Ct. Ky. 2003)
  • Byrne v. CNA Ins. Companies, 2001 WL 35934693 (N.D. N.Y.)
  • Vesely v. Continental Cas. Co., 101 F.Supp.2d 1054 (N.D. Ill. 2000)
  • Puricelli v. Continental Cas. Co., 103 F.Supp.2d 91 (N.D. N.Y. 1999)
  • Ruane v. Continental Cas. Co., 1998 WL 292103 (S.D. N.Y. 1998)
  • Farmer v. Continental Ins. Co., 955 F.Supp. 970 (N.D. Ill. 1997)
  • Gaik v. Travelers Ins. Co., 945 F.Supp. 1122 (N.D. Ill. 1996)
  • Hopson v. Continental Cas. Co., 952 F.Supp. 569 (N.D. Ill. 1996)
  • Adler v. Continental Ins. Co., 1996 WL 677085 (D. Kan. 1996)
  • Clay v. Interstate Nat. Corp., 900 F.Supp. 981 (N.D. Ill. 1995)
  • Roth v. Evangelical Health Systems Corp., 1994 WL 388248 (N.D. Ill. 1994)
  • O'Rourke v. Continental Cas. Co., 983 F.2d 94 (C.A. 7 1993)
  • Forbus v. Sears Roebuck & Co., 958 F.2d 1036 (C.A. 11 1992)
  • Molon Motor and Coil Corp. v. N.L.R.B., 965 F.2d 523 (C.A. 7 1992)
  • Dumas v. Auto Club Ins. Assn., 437 Mich. 521, 473 N.W.2d 652 (Sup. Ct. Mich. 1991)
  • Farrell v. Automobile Club of Michigan, 187 Mich.App. 220, 466 N.W.2d 298 (C.A.Mich. 1991)
  • Dumas v. Auto Club Ins. Assn., 168 Mich.App. 619, 425 N.W.2d 480 (C.A.Mich. 1988)
  • Bullock v. Automobile Club of Michigan, 432 Mich. 472, 444 N.W.2d 114 (Sup. Ct. Mich. 1989)
  • Mettes v. Transamerica Ins. Corp., 36 Ohio App.3d 180, 521 N.E.2d 1138 (C.A.Ohio, 10th Dist. 1987)
  • Farrell v. Automobile Club of Michigan, 155 Mich.App. 378, 399 N.W.2d 531 C.A.Mich. 1987)
  • Farrell v. Automobile Club of Michigan, 148 Mich.App. 165, 383 N.W.2d 623 (C.A.Mich. 1986)
  • Bullock v. Automobile Club of Michigan, 146 Mich.App. 711, 381 N.W.2d 793 C.A.Mich. 1986
  • Hohlbein v. Heritage Mut. Ins. Co., 106 F.R.D. 73 (E.D.Wis. 1985)
  • Roberts v. Automobile Club of Michigan, 138 Mich.App. 488, 360 N.W.2d 224 (C.A.Mich. 1985)

Credentials

Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Washington Court of Appeals
  • Illinois Appellate Court
Memberships
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Industrial Relations Research Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, 2016-2020; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2019, 2020  
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Chicago Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2019 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

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Speaking Engagements

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