Emma J. Sullivan is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office and serves as the firm’s associate general counsel and co-chair of the firm’s Positive Work Environment Committee.
Employers seek her counsel in a wide range of employment matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage/hour, employment contracts and severance agreements, and restrictive covenants. She has represented clients before federal, state and appellate courts, in arbitrations, and in administrative proceedings held before various federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. She provides counsel to employers on sensitive personnel matters, such as hiring, promotion, performance evaluation, compensation, leaves of absence, accommodations, drug and alcohol issues, discipline, and discharge. She counsels employers on reductions in force, exit incentive programs, statistical analyses of employment practices, and employment policies and practices. She assists with sensitive internal investigations, including investigations into claims of harassment, discrimination, and employee wrongdoing. She also provides training on topics including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour issues, and managing workforces. Additionally, she advises employers on the labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Sullivan has an active pro bono practice, which includes providing employment counsel to non-profit entities.
Ms. Sullivan has authored numerous articles and publications related to her practice, including on the topics of waivers, employee background checks, discrimination, retaliation, employment class actions, and mandatory arbitration.