About Jessica Fayerman

Jessica Fayerman has spent her entire career representing workers and small businesses in employment law disputes. She is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. Prior to law school, Jessica graduated from Bates College, magna cum laude, with a degree in Political Science. She also spent a year studying law and international economic history at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jessica is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where she is also a member of the Trial Bar. In addition to representing clients at both the trial court and appellate court level in federal and Illinois state courts, Jessica has also represented clients before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. She also has experience with alternative dispute resolution (including meditation and arbitration) before JAMS and the American Arbitration Association. Jessica is a member of both the Illinois chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

While Jessica represents both workers and small businesses in all aspects of litigation, she particularly enjoys negotiation, counseling, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. She has represented clients in all manners of employment disputes, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases (arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Illinois Human Rights Act, Section 1981, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act), wage and hour/minimum wage/overtime disputes (arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act), and sick and personal leave disputes, including cases arising under the Family and Medical Act. Jessica also represents whistleblowers under the various anti-retaliation laws and whistleblowing statutes designed to protect them. She has negotiated settlement, severance, and employment agreements and has also assisted both workers and businesses in interacting with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the state’s provider of unemployment benefits.

Throughout her entire career, Jessica has worked in a small law firm environment and therefore understands the vital importance of forming a partnership with each and every client. She considers educating clients about every step of the litigation or negotiation process a vital element of each attorney-client relationship. In many cases, a client’s participation in an employment dispute is that person’s first encounter with the legal system, and Jessica aims to help demystify that process whenever possible. Above all, even when embroiled in a difficult legal dispute, we must remember that we are all human and that adversity is an everyday part of life. Like everything else, even the most adversarial and contentious situations are only temporary. Therefore, Jessica provides compassionate – yet assertive – representation to all of her clients.

Education

  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 2005
  • BA, Bates College, magna cum laude, 2002
  • General Course, London School of Economics and Political Science

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 2005
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2005

Experience

  • Federal and State Court Advocacy
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)
  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • United States Department of Labor
  • Illinois Department of Labor
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security (“IDES”)
  • American Arbitration Association

Professional Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association