Overview

Paul E. Bateman serves as counsel for both global and local employers, including airlines, universities, manufacturers and professional services, including financial and real estate, in all facets of labor and employment law. His practice encompasses representing and counseling employers in:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Traditional labor law matters
  • Labor arbitrations
  • Injunction proceedings

With significant litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels, Paul has appeared in federal and state courts and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and other administrative agencies. He handles matters arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • The Labor Management Relations Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act

In addition to his practice, Paul frequently speaks on labor and employment law matters before bar, trade, and educational groups. He served as a member of the firm's Management Committee from 2006 to 2014 and also served as a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council from 2003 to 2014.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment and Litigation sections

American Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Member, Advisory Board

Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services

Former Member

Chicago Council of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Former Chair

Chicago Council of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2013-2020

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

News, Analysis & Press

Chapter 5, Reductions In Force

Labor and Employment Law Issues, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education

2018

What The Olympics Teach Us About Diversity

Today’s General Counsel

October 1, 2016

Paul Bateman Urges Companies to Maintain Electronic Records

Crains Business New York

December 12, 2006

Speaking Engagements

The General Counsel and the Chief Human Resources Officer: Working Together to Manage Change

ACC Executive Leadership Institute

July 2019

Hot Topics in Contemporary Labor Relations Law

Chicago Kent College of Law

June 2018

Top Labor and Employment Risk Areas

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics 2016, Compliance and Ethics Institute, Chicago, IL

September 2016

Ethics: the Ins and Outs of Privilege

31st Annual Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Conference

December 2015

Class Action Waivers: How Will the Conflict Between the Board and the Courts be Reconciled

Mid-Winter Meeting - American Bar Association

February 2015

Year In review: A Review of Recent NLRB Decisions and Regulating Actions

Chicago Bar Association

November 2012

Hot Topics in Labor Law: 2012 and Beyond

Illinois State Bar Association

June 2012

Tips for Successful Negotiations

American Bar Association

February 20, 2012

Litigation Strategy: Views from the Bench, a Moderated Discussion

October 27, 2008

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1980
  • B.S., Illinois State University, 1976

Bar Admission

Illinois
District of Columbia

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado