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Paul H. Burmeister

Paul is a member of the firm where he focuses his practice on representing business owners, companies, and educational institutions, primarily in the areas of labor and employment. Paul handles all aspects of employment litigation on behalf of employers and management, as well as general counseling on day-to-day employment matters. He also advises clients in union settings, including collective bargaining and arbitration, and maintaining positive employee relations. Paul spends a significant portion of his time defending clients in all manners of employment litigation, regularly appearing before the EEOC, IDHR, the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, as well as federal and state courts.

Paul has been admitted to practice and represented clients in several jurisdictions, including the State of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Central and Northern District Courts of Illinois (where he is a member of the Trial Bar).

Paul is a member of both the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Illinois State Bar Association. He also is conversant in German and has authored pieces for legal and industry publications, including the following:

  • “Independent Contractors” Chapter, Conducting the Employment Audit (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2015)
  • “Employee Committees” Chapter, Labor Law Handbook (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2014)
  • Rauner Draws Battle Lines With Executive Order” (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 9, 2015)
  • EEOC’s Frontal Assault on Severance Agreements” (Corporate Counsel, April 30, 2014)
  • Northwestern University Football Team Takes Its Case to Form a Union to NLRB” (Chicago Business Journal, February 12, 2014)
  • Don’t Get Blitzed by the NLRB” Video CLE Presentation (, December 2014)


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 1991)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.A., Labor Relations, 1997)
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., 2001)

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Chicago, IL

333 S Wabash Avenue, Suite 2700
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Phone: (312) 995-7110
Fax: (312) 995-7102

Paul H. Burmeister In the News

The Workplace Transparency Act and Employment Agreements – AAIM’s Employment Law Series 2020

On April 15, 2020, Attorney Paul Burmeister will present “The Workplace Transparency Act and Employment Agreements”.  Topics covered will include: Non-solicitation, non-competition, and anti-raiding terms courts will enforce; Trade secret protections for employers and required language and notices; New restrictions on confidentiality, arbitration, and severance agreements.

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After Three Changed Positions and Nearly 20 Years, the National Labor Relations Board is Exempting Graduate/Teaching Student Assistants from the National Labor Relations Act

New Board, New Rule On September 20, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board announced that it will establish a regulation exempting student graduate assistants, teaching assistants, research assistants, and other similar positions from the definition of an employee under the National Labor Relations Act. The proposed rule was posted in the Federal Register on September […]

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Retroactive Application of Boeing Co. Leaves Employer Grounded in Employment Policy ULP

Recent changes at the National Labor Relations Board gave employers hope that some Obama-era regulations and rulings would be loosened. However, despite some favorable rulings, the recent decision in Nicholson Terminal & Dock Co. demonstrates it will take time for the Board’s new rulings to roll down to the Administrative Law Judge level. In reviewing […]

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