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OVERVIEW

Mark Wallin
Of Counsel

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-4591

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Mark Wallin
Of Counsel

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-4591

F 312-759-5646

In order to provide the best counsel, Mark Wallin believes it is his role to understand his clients’ business needs so he can help them determine what resolution will provide the most benefit. His keen ability to understand his clients’ practical concerns allows him to advise on the best path to successfully resolve issues – whether through traditional litigation or negotiated resolution.

OVERVIEW

In order to provide the best counsel, Mark Wallin believes it is his role to understand his clients’ business needs so he can help them determine what resolution will provide the most benefit. His keen ability to understand his clients’ practical concerns allows him to advise on the best path to successfully resolve issues – whether through traditional litigation or negotiated resolution.

In the course of his practice, Mark has focused on providing the highest-level of service to his clients and building long-term relationships. Specifically, he defends employers in a wide range of employment matters including wage and hour class and collective actions, as well as complex, multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff employment discrimination claims brought not only by private plaintiffs but also initiated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Mark has successfully represented companies of virtually all sizes, litigating matters across multiple areas of the law, from the pleading stage through appeal. He has also represented clients in arbitrations and before administrative bodies.

Mark vigilantly stays abreast of cases, laws, and trends that may impact his clients coming out of the courts, Congress and the state legislature, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor, the EEOC, and state regulatory agencies. He strives to keep a watchful eye on how labor and employment related laws are evolving so as to proactively advise clients.

In addition to his regular legal practice, Mark has undertaken several pro bono cases including trying criminal jury trials in state and federal court, and representing indigent plaintiffs in civil rights matters as part of the federal Trial Bar.

Mark began honing his litigation skill during law school when he interned at the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois, where he handled both civil and criminal issues. He also interned for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which gave him a unique vantage of seeing the issues from the court’s perspective.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Young Professionals Board of LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago)

Honors

Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Bar Association, 2015

EXPERIENCE
  • Represented a nation-wide restaurant chain in a class and collective action alleging multiple violations of the FLSA, including failure to provide tip credit notice, violation of the “20% rule,” unlawful off-the-clock work, and unlawful wage deductions, as well as violations of wage and hour laws of ten different states
  • Represented a landscaping company in a putative class and collective action alleging minimum wage violation pursuant to the FLSA and Illinois wage and hour laws
  • Represented a nation-wide logistics company in a collective action alleging a failure to pay overtime wages for off-the-clock work
  • Represented an environmental services company in a putative class action alleging violations of Illinois law
  • Represented a nation-wide pizza delivery restaurant in a collective action brought by drivers alleging minimum wage violations based upon mileage reimbursement
  • Represented a third party logistics company in defense of class/collective action alleging employee misclassification under federal and state wage and hour laws, and individual allegations of discrimination and retaliation on the basis of gender and disability
  • Represented a national insurance company in in defense of multi-plaintiff EEOC initiated representative litigation alleging complex claims of race, gender, and national origin discrimination and harassment, as well as retaliation
  • Represented a steel manufacturer against allegations involving disability discrimination and failure to accommodate
  • Represented a rail road company in the defense of a complex EEOC initiatedrepresentative litigation alleging disability discrimination and failure to accommodate
  • Represented a third party logistics companies in class/collective action alleging employee misclassification under federal and state wage and hour laws, conditional certification denied July 6, 2018
  • Represented a restaurant chain with locations in 15 states in a multi-state class/collective action alleging tip credit and other wage and hour violations
  • Represented a staffing company in an EEOC initiated representative litigation alleging race, national origin, and disability discrimination
  • Represented a nation-wide restaurant chain in a putative class and collective action alleging failure to provide tip credit notice and improper tip pooling in violation of FLSA, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire law
  • Represented a staffing company in the defense of a putative nationwide collective action involving alleged exempt misclassification

These matters occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

EXPERIENCE
PRESENTATIONS
  • Speaker, “When The Government Says ‘#MeToo’: The Rise Of EEOC Enforcement Litigation For Workplace Harassment,” Clear Law Institute Webinars, Clear Law Institute, LLC, April 23, 2019

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