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Melissa J. Auerbach


Melissa J. Auerbach graduated from Yale University in 1977 and from Harvard Law School in 1980. She represents public and private sector labor unions before state and federal administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, and in labor arbitrations.

Melissa has extensive litigation experience in representing unions before federal and state trial and appellate courts, including in cases involving enforcement of union contracts, actions to compel arbitration, actions to enforce arbitration awards, defense of duty of fair representation and discrimination claims, defense of strike injunction actions, and defense of state court tort claims. She has also litigated cases brought under the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.

She provides counseling to unions with respect to organizing campaigns and strategies, collective bargaining and proposed legislation. She also advises individual employees with respect to employment contracts and other employment matters.

Melissa is admitted to the Illinois bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Third, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar), Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, and Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Practice Areas

Collective Bargaining
NLRB Litigation
FOIA and Open Meetings Act
Contract Enforcement
Discrimination Claims


U.S. Supreme Court
7th, 3rd, 10th, and DC Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
Eastern District of Wisconsin

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