Overview

Jeff Nowak has decades of experience advising and litigating on behalf of employers on a wide range of complex employment law matters so they can run the most profitable business and efficient operations without being side-tracked by discrimination claims, strikes or other workplace issues.

Jeff is a recognized leader on FMLA and ADA issues, helping employers develop comprehensive strategies to achieve compliance with employee leave and accommodation issues. Jeff is lauded by clients for his ability to bring a practical approach and unflappable demeanor to the most sensitive and difficult situations, always with an eye on the client’s business and operational objectives. Given his experience in leave management and workplace accommodations, Jeff regularly counsels some of the country’s largest and diverse employers on these critical employment issues. 

Jeff is the author of the highly regarded FMLA Insights blog, which has earned him entry into the ABA Journal’s Blogger Hall of Fame. He also is a highly-sought after speaker on FMLA/ADA issues, most notably serving on the faculty of the National Employment Law Institute (NELI) and a frequent speaker for the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC).

 

Professional & Community Affiliations

President

La Grange Little League

Past Village Trustee

Village of LaGrange, Illinois

Past Member, Board of Directors

Marist High School

Recognition

Recipient, DMEC Partnership Award

Disability Management Employer Coalition

August 2014

Speaking Engagements

Complex FMLA Issues

NELI’s ADA & FMLA Compliance Seminar, Chicago, IL

April 2019

Managing Sick Leave Laws

ABA Annual Labor & Employment Conference, San Francisco, CA

November 2018

I Thought We Were Supposed to be Flexible? ADA Cases Post-Severson

2018 Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Annual Conference, Austin, TX

August 2018

Six Ways Your Managers Are Causing FMLA & ADA Leave Lawsuits, and How to Train Them to Stop

SHRM Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

June 2018

FMLA and ADA Case Law Update

2018 Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Compliance Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

May 2018

FMLA Update

NELI’s ADA & FMLA Compliance Seminar, Chicago, IL

April 2018

Practical Parental Leave Considerations in the Trump Era

2017 Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA

August 2017

Analysis of EEOC’s Technical Document on Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation

Webinar conducted by EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum

June 2016

Complex FMLA Issues

NELI’s ADA & FMLA Compliance Seminar, Chicago, IL

April 23, 2016

Employment Law Update

NELI’s Employment Law Conference, Chicago, IL

May 20, 2015

Pregnancy Accommodation: Overview and Analysis of EEOC’s Guidance

2015 Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Compliance Conference, Washington, D.C.

April 20-23, 2015

Why Do Employees Sue Their Employers in FMLA Lawsuits?

2016 Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) Compliance Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

April 15-17, 2015

Education

  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 1999cum laude
  • B.A., Indiana University, 1995

Bar Admission

Illinois

Courts

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