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Erika E. Pedersen, Esq.

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Erika Pedersen has extensive litigation experience in a full range of employment discrimination matters, including Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, Section 1981, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, and various state laws and local ordinances. Her practice includes representing clients in all aspects of litigation, including state and federal administrative proceedings, trial, pre- and post-trial procedures, and appeals. She also has extensive experience representing clients in alternative dispute resolution procedures, including mediation and arbitration.

Ms. Pedersen has represented employees across the country in individual and group litigation, as well as in class action lawsuits. She has represented employees in a wide variety of industries, including the securities and financial industry, medical device and pharmaceutical sales, real estate, manufacturing, service, and retail.  She has also litigated against local governments, including the City of Chicago.

Prior to establishing her own firm, Ms. Pedersen was a partner at Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. in Chicago.

Ms. Pedersen is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  She has also been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and was named one of 2010’s Illinois Rising Stars.

Practice Areas

Employment Discrimination; Employment Litigation and Counseling; Mediation and Arbitration; Sexual Harassment; Racial Harassment; Family and Medical Leave Act; Retaliatory Discharge; Employment Contracts; Executive Severance Contracts; Civil Rights

Admitted

1995, Illinois; 1996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 2012 U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Law School

DePaul University, J.D. With Honor; Order of the Coif; Law Review

Member

Chicago Bar Association; National Employment Lawyers Association; NELA/Illinois

Publications

Author: “You Only Get What You Can Pay For: Dziubak v. Mott and its Warning to the Indigent Defendant,” 44 DePaul L. Rev. 499 (1995).

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Pedersen has spoken at American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association events on topics in employment law.

Birthplace

Atlanta, Georgia