Our offices are in the historic
Marshall Field Annex, opened in
1914 at the corner of Wabash
Avenue and Washington Street
(Library of Congress)
Our Practice

Our practice is characterized by diversity, efficiency, and high standards of ethics and
performance. Our attorneys are passionately committed to the advancement of labor
and assistance to the underdog.  It is this commitment that attracts new associates to
our firm—often at some financial sacrifice—in preference to law firms that represent
wealthy corporations.  The wide variety of unions we represent, cases we handle, and
forums in which we appear makes our practice highly engaging and exciting.

Our goal is to provide representation to unions and their members in an affordable
and practical manner.  We carefully analyze problems to determine which ones will
require substantial legal resources and which will not. We handle our own cases from
the first phone call through the last stage of appeal. We avoid assigning multiple
lawyers to a single matter so as to prevent overlapping and duplicative work. Our fee
structure is reasonable and realistic, and our many years of experience enable us to
hold down the hours needed to complete a task.

Our Clients

We represent international, regional, state, and local unions in a broad range of
occupations across the country, from teachers to electrical workers to correctional
officers to firefighters. Our clients include:

Practice Areas

Our attorneys practice in all areas needed for effective representation of workers and
their unions:

Litigation before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB), and Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB)
Arbitration proceedings under collective bargaining agreements
Enforcement of collective bargaining agreements in state and federal courts
Protection of retiree pension and health care benefits
Proceedings under the federal bankruptcy code
Litigation under the Landrum-Griffin Act and other matters of internal union governance
Counseling of unions and litigation under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and related state statutes
Representation of employees and unions with respect to state and federal fair labor standards statutes
Counseling of unions and representation of employees under other state and federal employment laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
Filing and processing of workers compensation claims

Representing workers and their unions for more than 50 years
Attorney Dale Berry counsels union leaders
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Copyright 2011 Cornfield and Feldman
Designed and edited by Ruth D. Feldman
Text by Stephen A. Yokich
In-house photography by Taylor Rausch and Ruth D. Feldman
In-house coordination by Robert A. Seltzer
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