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OVERVIEW

Peter J. Wozniak
Partner

Chicago

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

P 312-214-2113

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Peter J. Wozniak
Partner

Chicago

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

P 312-214-2113

F 312-759-5646

Pete Wozniak is a vigorous advocate who strives to help his clients navigate issues that can be fraught with challenges as painlessly and efficiently as possible. He is a candid and personable counselor, offering his clients direct advice by leveraging his deep experience performing a broad range of outcome critical functions for complex labor and employment matters.

OVERVIEW

Pete Wozniak is a vigorous advocate who strives to help his clients navigate issues that can be fraught with challenges as painlessly and efficiently as possible. He is a candid and personable counselor, offering his clients direct advice by leveraging his deep experience performing a broad range of outcome critical functions for complex labor and employment matters.

Pete represents clients across a number of industries, including transportation and logistics, restaurants, retail, manufacturing, and temporary staffing. Handling a number of high profile matters, he identifies the appropriate tools and techniques to reach the optimal resolution for the client in the matter at hand, always cognizant of how the matter fits into the client’s overall operations.

Pete partners with his clients to understand the ins and outs of their businesses, and to help ease the impacts that litigation may have on their operations. His holistic approach allows him to advise clients regarding approaches and resolutions that would be most favorable for their overall business, now and in the future. While striving to help clients minimize the disruptive impact of lawsuits on their operations, Pete understands the monetary costs of litigation, including the potentially-prohibitive costs of electronic discovery. Using that understanding, he provides counsel and litigation strategy to deploy the most efficient resources possible.

Among other areas, Pete defends employers throughout the United States in a variety of complex employment discrimination class actions and single plaintiff litigation, wage and hour class and collective actions and single plaintiff litigation, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) litigation. His experience spans the entire spectrum of litigation, including pretrial investigation, settlement negotiation, fact and expert discovery, trial, and post-trial appeals.

Because the law and our society are ever-evolving – particularly as social media outreach continues to accelerate and expand – Pete keeps up-to-date on legal and social trends and employment-related rules, regulations and decisions, so he can best counsel his clients when the inevitable changes may have an impact their business, whether inside or outside the courtroom.

Before practicing law, Pete was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, serving as a logistician.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Chicago Bar Association

Honors

Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2016-2017

EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
  • Represented a digital I.T. solutions company in defense of a nationwide collective action and Rule 23 class actions by hourly call center employees alleging overtime violations relating to off-the-clock work and commission payments.
  • 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.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of sandwich franchisor, in a landmark case for the franchising industry, holding that the franchisor does not jointly employ the employees of its independent franchisees, assistant state managers alleging misclassification as exempt from overtime.
  • 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 staffing company in nationwide collective action by remote based call center agents alleging FLSA violations relating to off-the-clock work and reached settlement.
  • Represented a staffing company in collective action by call center agents alleging FLSA violations relating to off-the-clock work).
  • Represented a national insurance company in in defense of EEOC litigation alleging race, gender, and national origin discrimination and retaliation.
  • Represented a nationwide jewelry retailer in in class and collective action arbitration alleging gender discrimination in pay and promotions.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice at the motion to dismiss stage of a class and collective action, on behalf of a restaurant client, against alleging violations of state and federal wage and hour laws.
  • Obtained a stay in the district court of the NLRB’s unfair labor practice proceedings in their entirety, in a novel representation of a restaurant client against the NLRB, pending decision by Supreme Court on the petition for certiorari in Murphy Oil regarding the validity of class action waivers in workplace arbitration agreements.

*These matters occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

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