Richard F. Nelson

Of Counsel

Richard F. Nelson is an experienced labor and employment law attorney and litigator, representing employers and management in a wide range of industries and business sectors before the federal and state trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies.

Rich has successfully defended large and small employers in discrimination cases under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. His skills include representing companies, business managers and executives against charges of sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge claims, employment contract disputes, workplace defamation as well as the enforcement of restrictive employment covenants.

Additionally, he represents employers with unionized workforces in traditional labor law matters before the National Labor Relations Board including unfair labor practice charges, union organizing, elections and representation proceedings, collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, strikes, boycotts, reductions in workforces and plant closings, and before the U.S. and Illinois Departments of Labor in wage and hour disputes.

Rich’s pro bono work includes the Chicago Legal Clinic for the Disabled (veterans rights) and the Veteran’s Legal Support Center and Clinic of the John Marshall Law School.



New York

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois – General
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois – Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, C.D. of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. of Wisconsin



  • Creighton University School of Law, JD
  • Staff Editor of the Creighton Law Review
  • International Law Moot Court Board member
  • Creighton University, BA, Psychology


Phone 312 878 1292