110 North Wacker Drive//Chicago, IL 60606-1511//United States
Stephanie L. Sweitzer focuses her practice on the representation of employers in financial services, retail, technology, manufacturing and other industries in all areas of employment law, including class action, collective action, and complex litigation disputes involving the ADA, FMLA, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII, the FLSA, ERISA, and numerous state and local wage and hour laws. When not litigating in US federal and state court, Stephanie advises clients on a variety of human resources management and compliance issues.
A significant portion of Stephanie’s practice is devoted to counseling and representing employers regarding litigation involving restrictive covenants, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, and state and federal wage and hour issues, including claims of misclassification and off-the-clock work. Stephanie’s experience includes representing employers in federal trials and evidentiary hearings, emergency proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, and state and federal administrative proceedings.
In addition to handling disputes, Stephanie advises her clients on day-to-day employment issues, such as litigation- and union-avoidance measures, personnel policies and procedures, executive employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, restrictive covenants, and hiring, discipline, and discharge. She also conducts training seminars on a variety of employment topics.
Stephanie also counsels US and non-US companies on cross-border transactions and employment issues, and has represented multinational employers in global restructuring, reductions in force, and policy changes. She is active in the firm’s Workforce Change Practice, which addresses employment, labor, and benefits issues that accompany mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, startups and spinoffs, workforce reductions, shutdowns, outsourcing, and offshoring.
Stephanie joined Morgan Lewis in 2008 after practicing at high-profile firms in Chicago and Detroit.
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)
Recommended, Labor and Employment - Workplace and Employment Counseling, The Legal 500 US (2017, 2019)
Recommended, Labor and employment: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Michigan
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
US District Court for the Western District of Michigan
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin