Steven J. Pearlman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Firm’s Whistleblowing & Retaliation Group. Steven’s practice covers the full spectrum of employment law. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in Illinois, Florida and California, and defended what is reported to be the largest Illinois-only class action in the history of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He routinely conducts investigations arising from myriad types of whistleblower complaints (reporting to boards of directors, their audit committees and corporate counsel) and has testified in defense of these investigations in federal court.
Steven was one of five U.S. lawyers selected by Law 360 as a “Rising Star Under 40” in the area of employment law and one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” selected by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He has been recognized in Chambers USA (describing him as an “outstanding lawyer” who is “very sharp and very responsive;” and also noting that “Pearlman is an expert on whistleblower matters regularly representing clients in high-stakes cases. He also handles discrimination and wage and hour suits. One satisfied client reports that ‘he is phenomenal – beyond great.’”) Steven is a 2014 Burton Award Winner (U.S. Library of Congress) for “Distinguished Legal Writing.” He has also been recognized by Ethisphere, the U.S. Legal 500, Illinois Super Lawyers and Benchmark Litigation. In addition, he served on Law 360’s Employment Editorial Advisory Board.