For Henry W. Sledz, success as a labor lawyer is all about creative and responsive client service. Hank knows that time spent understanding his clients’ business operations, goals and philosophies about their employees is time well spent. For more than 40 years, clients have turned to him to help them meet their employee relations goals.
As a result of his client-centric approach and focus on traditional labor law, Hank enjoys long-standing relationships with clients in heavily organized industries such as manufacturing, construction and trucking, as well as Fortune 500 companies in the food and dairy industry.
Hank represents these and other clients in all aspects of employment law. He has successfully litigated numerous cases in federal and state courts, and regularly represents clients in proceedings before federal and state agencies. Clients rely on Hank to help them navigate the complex maze of federal and state employment, wage and hour, and anti-discrimination laws.
An accomplished advocate, Hank has negotiated well over 100 labor agreements and has successfully represented clients in a similar number of labor arbitrations. He regularly provides union avoidance counseling, guidance during union organizing campaigns, and representation before the National Labor Relations Board.
Hank takes pride in the fact that for more than 25 years, he has been the only private attorney invited to lecture and participate in the annual Food & Dairy Industry Human Resources Conference, which is attended by many of the nation’s leading high-level labor relations and human resources executives.
- Hank co-authored an amicus brief filed with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a national retail association. The brief argued that a class waiver in an arbitration agreement did not violate employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act and was affirmed by the Court.
- Hank successfully defended a major grocery chain in state court against defamation allegations by a terminated employee.
- When a Fortune 500 dairy company faced an illegal strike, Hank quickly obtained injunctive relief to stop the strike so that production was uninterrupted and there was no product spoilage.
- Hank has defended numerous companies sued under ERISA for either withdrawal liability or alleged delinquent contributions to pension funds. Hank’s successful rebuttal of a claim for withdrawal liability under ERISA lodged against a major Midwest dairy producer saved the company more than $4 million.
- Hank’s negotiation of multiple labor agreements covering thousands of employees for a major grocery chain helped the company realize substantial wage and health insurance savings.
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1974
- University of Illinois, B.A., 1971
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act Committee Member
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