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SAndy l. MOrris

Of Counsel

105 WEST ADAMS STREET, 35TH FLOOR CHICAGO, IL 60603

(312) 238-9545 | smorris@VABLAWFIRM.COM


Experience

Sandy advises employers in business and employment litigation. In every representation, Sandy works closely with her client to understand and further its business objectives. Sandy has broad experience representing employers in connection with discrimination and retaliation claims and purported wage and hour class actions. She advises current and potential employers about restrictive covenants and litigates the enforceability of non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-recruitment provisions. She also has particular expertise representing clients regarding contract disputes and claims of tortious interference and other business torts. Sandy is a member of the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar and has an active pro bono practice.

Representative Matters

  • Sandy represents an institution of higher education in connection with claims of alleged discrimination and retaliation pursuant to Title VII, Section 1981, and the ADEA.

  • Sandy represented the owner and operator of several legendary Chicago taverns in connection with disputes regarding ownership, compensation and commercial leases.

  • Sandy represented a janitorial company and two of its new employees in litigation brought by a former employer that alleged that the employees violated non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-recruitment provisions in their employment contracts. She successfully argued to limit the scope and term of the restrictions.

  • Sandy served as lead counsel for a landscaping company in a purported wage and hour class action asserting claims under the FLSA and state prevailing wage law. She successfully opposed a motion for step one certification, leading to a favorable settlement.

  • Sandy obtained summary judgment in favor of an auto parts manufacturer and distributor in a $20 million breach of contract dispute with a former supplier.

Admissions

  • State of Illinois

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • DRI Employment and Labor Law Committee (2016-present)

  • NAMWOLF Labor & Employment PAC (2016-present)

Boards

  • Illinois Legal Aid Online Board of Directors (2015-present)

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Advisory Board (2016-present)

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Board Member (2009-2015)

  • Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women (Co-chair 2009-2010; Executive Committee 2007-2016)

Awards

  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Distinguished Service Award (2007, 2013, 2018)

  • ISBA John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award (2017)

  • SuperLawyers Rising Star (2009-2013)

Employment

  • Chico & Nunes, P.C. – Partner (2013-2018); Senior Attorney (2011-2012); Associate (2009-2011)

  • Schopf & Weiss, LLP – Counsel (2007-2008)

  • Dahm & Elvin, LLP – Associate (2003-2007)

  • Karbal, Cohen, Economou, Silk & Dunne LLC (2001-2003)

  • Cook County Public Guardian – Assistant Public Guardian (1999-2001)

Education

     University of Chicago Law School
     Chicago, Illinois – Juris Doctor, 1999

     Syracuse University
     Syracuse, New York – Bachelor of Arts, 1995
     Graduated cum laude