Perspectiva General

Colton Long is an experienced litigator and legal advisor who prides himself on providing thorough, timely, and pragmatic legal advice on a broad range of business matters affecting employer-employee relationships across the United States, including:

  • Trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation and counseling and other related business competition matters
  • Securities whistleblower investigations, litigation, and counseling
  • Wage and hour litigation and counseling
  • Executive compensation and contract matters
  • Workforce restructurings and transactional due diligence matters

Colton also has broad experience advising businesses on employer policies and practices, with particular experience guiding clients through the maze of workforce matters that arise for young and fast-growing businesses.

Colton’s first priority is building positive working relationships with clients, instilling trust, and working proactively to take complex legal issues head on. He is also passionate about providing pro bono legal work and giving back to his community and devotes his time on behalf of multiple nonprofit organizations across the Chicago metro area.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias


Chicago Bar Association


Illinois State Bar Association


Minnesota State Bar Association


Chicago Chorale

Board Member (Jr.)

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services


Named, Ones to Watch

The Best Lawyers in America®


Named, Rising Star


Super Lawyers


Named, Rising Star


Super Lawyers


News, Analysis & Press

FTC Proposes Rule Banning Non-Competes


January 5, 2023

Nine Steps Cannabis Companies Can Take to Protect Trade Secrets

Bloomberg Law

December 15, 2020

Comparing The Presidential Candidates' Labor Policies: Part 1


March 2, 2020

The Delicate Nuances In New State Noncompete Laws


December 20, 2019

Paid Family Leave In 2019: A Multinational Employer's Guide


July 29, 2019

Speaking Engagements

Sharp Curve Ahead… Again! An Employer’s "2nd Edition" Roadmap to Continued Legislative Developments in Illinois

May 5, 2021


  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 2012With Distinction
  • B.A., Luther College, 2009cum laude

Admisión de la barra



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana