Graefe & Hansen, Ltd.

Graefe & Hansen, Ltd.

Chicago Labor & Employment Law Firm Defends and Protects Employers' Rights

Firm Overview

Graefe & Hansen, Ltd. is a boutique law firm with extensive experience in defending and advising businesses and non-profit organizations of all sizes and types in labor and employment matters. They represent clients in areas ranging from traditional labor law matters, such as union organizing, contract negotiations, unfair labor practices and arbitrations to discrimination claims, retaliation and wrongful discharge actions, and wage and hour complaints.

Respected and established Chicago law firm dedicated to providing exceptional legal service
Graefe & Hansen, Ltd. is focused on providing clients with practical, cost-effective solutions to employment concerns before they become expensive problems. The firm prides itself on its professionalism and experience, and the personalized service it provides to clients. The firm is committed to integrity and excellent and honest representation, and, in testimony to that, is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for its professionalism and ethics.

Attorneys Anthony S. Graefe's and Mark D. Hansen's goal is to respond quickly to their clients' legal needs and resolve their cases favorably.

Graefe & Hansen, Ltd. can help with the following areas:

Traditional labor:
-Strikes and picketing
-Union organizing campaigns
-Arbitration hearings
-NLRB charges
-Labor contract negotiations
-Union trust funds litigation

Employment litigation:
-Discrimination charges
-Retaliation claims
-Wrongful termination lawsuits
-Wage and hour actions
-Trade secret injunctions

Human Resources:
-Practical advice
-Legal audits
-Compliance training
-Personnel policy drafting and review
-State and federal leave laws
-Employment agreements
-Workplace harassment/violence investigations
-Workforce reduction guidance
-Background checks and pre-hire testing
-COBRA compliance

Main Office

Main Office
55 West Monroe Street, Suite 3550
Chicago IL 60603




Assertive Illinois Employment and Labor Law Attorneys

Helping employers build strong labor relations
Employees make your business tick. Building strong relationships with your workforce supports your functionality and progress. Adhering to the strict laws and policies governing labor relations ensures your legal operations. Graefe & Hansen, Ltd. provides employers with day-to-day compliance counseling and just resolutions to workplace disputes that advance labor relations and further your business success.

Supporting productive workplace conditions
Following complex legal procedures takes valuable time away from your real job running and promoting your business. Graefe & Hansen, Ltd. counsels businesses on procedure and fulfillment under labor law, including:

-Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
-Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
-Workers Compensation Program
-Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
-Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA)
-Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
-Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA)
-Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
-Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
-Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)

Advising employers on compliance and dispute resolution
Graefe & Hansen, Ltd. works with employers to ensure continued compliance with complex Illinois and federal regulations. Even at a company that is diligent about regulatory compliance, however, legal disputes arise. Having proper legal representation to guide your company helps you deal with current disputes in an expedient fashion and gives you the opportunity to avoid potentially problematic situations as you develop your plans for the future. Through exceptional skills in administration, procedure, settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration and court trials, Graefe & Hansen, Ltd. can obtain the best possible solutions in matters concerning:

-Employee relations management
-Senior executive appointments and severance
-Equal employment opportunity commission (EEOC) disputes
-Trade or labor unions
-Discrimination-based conflicts
-Class action audits
-Benefits issues

Safeguarding your business
Just as your company has certain specific responsibilities to its employees, workers are obligated to comply with work policies and legal requirements that affect your business. Incompetent, unethical or unlawful behavior of a worker has potentially devastating consequences. Graefe & Hansen, Ltd. assists businesses in:
-Developing clear, written employment policies
-Drafting employment contracts
-Drafting non-compete agreements
-Drafting nondisclosure agreements
-Addressing suspicions of a worker's unlawful or unethical acts
-Dismissing employees

Mark D. Hansen

Graefe & Hansen, Ltd.

Practice areas
-Employment and labor law and litigation on behalf of management
-Personnel policies
-Employer liability
-Unfair labor practices
-Wage and hour law
-Wrongful termination defense

Illinois, 1987
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1987

Associations & memberships
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association

Representative experience
Has extensive experience representing management before federal, state and local agencies responsible for handling discrimination charges.
Has tried employment actions before juries in federal court, as well as before the Illinois Human Rights Commission and other state agencies outside of Illinois.
Regularly defends management in class and collective wage and hour actions in state and federal courts.
Has defended employers in many labor arbitrations throughout the country.
Frequently represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board on matters including picketing, secondary boycotts and other unfair labor practice charges.
Has advised management in union organizing campaigns.
Extensive experience in representing employers before federal and state labor departments.
Routinely counsels clients in a wide variety of human resources matters such as managing personnel problems and establishing effective policies and procedures.
Frequently participates in management training programs and seminars on a wide variety of topics such as wage and hour practices, workplace privacy, and in-house personnel auditing procedures.


John Marshall Law School
Juris Doctorate, 1987

Anthony S. Graefe

Graefe & Hansen, Ltd.

Practice areas
-Employment and labor law and litigation on behalf of management
-Wrongful termination defense
-Labor arbitration
-Collective bargaining

Illinois, 1981
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Fourth and D.C. Circuits
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1984

Northwestern University, J.D., 1981

Associations & memberships
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

Representative experience
Extensive experience in the construction industry concerning picketing, secondary boycotts and injunction cases. Routinely practices before the National Labor Relations Board on matters such as illegal picketing, secondary boycotts, representation cases and defense of unfair labor practices charges.
Extensive experience before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state and local agencies concerning charges of discrimination.
Frequently represents employers in labor arbitrations.
Comprehensive expertise in negotiating collective bargaining agreements.
Lead counsel in jury trials in federal and state courts.
Thorough knowledge and experience in handling matters before federal and state labor departments, including wage and hour and prevailing wage claims.
Regularly advises clients concerning union organizing campaigns, personnel, employment, wage and hour issues, and policies and procedures.
Extensive experience in defending employers in suits by Union Trust Funds.

Biographical details

Frequent presenter at seminars on labor and employment law issues


Northwestern University
Juris Doctorate,