Joshua L. Ditelberg is a partner engaged in a broad-based labor and employment practice, with a primary focus on labor relations and the employment-related aspects of corporate transactions, business restructuring, and workforce reductions. Mr. Ditelberg is the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, a leading professional organization in the fields of industrial relations and human resources management.
Mr. Ditelberg is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Workplace Restructuring and Transactions Group. The Group achieves client business objectives by creating economic value and minimizing risk in labor and employment matters arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; subcontracting and outsourcing; workforce reductions; facility closings, relocations and consolidations; corporate reorganizations; bankruptcy; and ESOPs. Mr. Ditelberg also is a member of the Firm’s Distressed Situations Resource Team.
Mr. Ditelberg has extensive experience with all aspects of labor relations law, including collective bargaining, NLRB litigation, strikes and lockouts, union corporate campaigns, litigation under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act, and arbitration. He has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements in a range of industries, including with the Teamsters, UAW, USW, IAM, Carpenters, Laborers, SEIU, UNITE HERE, and UFCW.
Mr. Ditelberg practiced labor and employment law in Boston before joining Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to Judge Ralph B. Guy, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and to Associate Justice Joseph R. Weisberger of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.
Mr. Ditelberg has been elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a national organization established through an initiative of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence. He also is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a global honorary society of lawyers, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars.
Mr. Ditelberg is Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at John Marshall Law School. Additionally, he has presented on labor and employment subjects to numerous organizations including the American Arbitration Association University, the Practicing Law Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the National Academy of Arbitrators, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and the National Labor-Management Conference of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
- J.D., University of Michigan, magna cum laude (1991)
- M.A., University of Pennsylvania
- B.A., University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude (1987)
- Labor and Employment Relations Association (Chicago Chapter President)
- Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (Business Advice & Planning Advisory Committee)
- American Arbitration Association (Midwest Regional Labor Advisory Committee)
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