Overview

Grady B. Murdock has practiced labor and employment law on behalf of clients in the transportation, health care, retail, distribution and manufacturing industries for more than 35 years. In addition to maintaining substantive knowledge in both legacy and emerging legal areas, he has a wide range of contacts in all aspects of the labor and employment bar and among regulatory agencies, and, within the bounds of propriety and ethics, he uses his knowledge of members of the bar and agency operations to his clients' benefit.

Grady's practice includes a focus on the representation of employers in nationwide and other class actions, collective actions, pattern and practice actions, and individual actions arising under:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Title VII and 42 U.S.C. Section 1981
  • Executive Order 11246 and the regulations there under
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The National Labor Review Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Illinois Human Rights Act
  • The Illinois Minimum Wage Act
  • The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act
  • The Illinois One Day In Seven Rest Act
  • The Genetic Information and Non-Discrimination Act
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (including Multi Employer Pension Plan Arbitration)
  • The Railway Labor Act
  • Numerous additional statutes

He also has counseled and represented clients in litigation-related laws, non-competition agreements and the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.

In his traditional labor law practice, Grady handles labor arbitrations and collective bargaining and has appeared before the National Labor Relations Board in representation and unfair labor practice matters. He actively represents employers in efforts to achieve legislative and regulatory reform before:

  • The United States Congress
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • The Department of Labor

Additionally, he is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and is admitted to practice pro hac vice in numerous federal courts throughout the country.

Grady has served as lead counsel in:

  • Discrimination and wage and hour class and collective actions
  • Numerous plaintiffs' law suits alleging violation of discrimination laws
  • Numerous labor arbitrations
  • Litigation with and resolutions of pattern and practice and other matters with the EEOC

He also frequently provides insight into the EEOC for clients and colleagues, conducts audits for clients, including wage and hour audits and human resources audits, and provides extensive counseling to clients on a range of labor and employment matters.

Grady publishes numerous articles and papers and frequently speaks before a variety of groups on labor and employment law matters.

Grady currently serves as a member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion committee and Equal Employment Opportunity practice group, as well as the Diversity Council.

From 1980 to 1985, Grady served as chief labor counsel at a major fast food corporation with more than 100,000 employees. During his in-house tenure, he advised management on international labor and employment law issues and successfully litigated a number of labor and employment matters in Canada. This unique insight from his in-house practice enhances his ability to represent clients today.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Co-Founder

Coordinating Committee and Executive Committee

National Employment Law Council

Member

Coordinating Committee and Executive Committee

National Employment Law Council

Life Member

Labor Law Section

National Bar Association

Past Chair

Labor Law Section

National Bar Association

Former Member, Board of Governors

National Bar Association

Member

EEOC Liaison Committee

Chicago Bar Association

Past Chair

EEOC Liaison Committee

Chicago Bar Association

Member

American Employment Law Council

Member

EEO Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Member

Diversity Subcommittee of the EEO Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Former Co-Chair

Diversity Subcommittee of the EEO Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Co-Chair Liaison

EEO Committee to the Chicago District Office of the EEOC, Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Member

EEO Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section

Leadership and Planning Committee

Member

Litigation Section

American Bar Association

Member

Cook County Bar Association

Member

Philadelphia Bar Association

Member

Dade County Council of Black Lawyers

Former Member, Board of Directors

Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter

Member

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Former Member

Minority Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Former Member, Board of Governors

Labor Law Section

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2011-2017

Named, Leading Lawyer 500

InterContinental Finance Magazine

2013

Named, International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers

Who's Who Legal

2012-2015

Named, Super Lawyer

Illinois

Super Lawyers

2007-2015

Named, Who's Who in American Law

2012 and 2014

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2005 and 2006

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Named, Leading Lawyer

Labor and Employment

2005-present

Named, Management Labor and Employment

Who's Who Legal

2005-2014

Finalist, President's consideration to be named NLRB member

1982

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

What You Need To Know about the Role of Employment Taxes in Everyday Business Affairs

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

The EEOC's Expanded Agenda and Systemic Initiative: What Employers Can Expect During the Coming Year

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1973
  • B.A., Grinnell College, 1970

Bar Admission

Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama