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   3George J. Matkov Jr.Chicago(312) 332-0777gmatkov@fordharrison.comgmatkov@fordharrison.comFord & Harrison LLPwww.fordharrison.comwww.fordharrison.commatkovgeorge.jpg Employment Law: ManagementLabor Law: ManagementLabor contract negotiationsLabor arbitrationOSHA, ERISA & EEO matters
George J. Matkov
Ford & Harrison LLP
55 E Monroe St Ste 2900
Chicago IL 60603-5747
Ph.(312) 332-0777 Fx.(312) 332-6130
Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in:    Extensive Experience in:
Employment Law: Management    Labor contract negotiations
Labor Law: Management    Labor arbitration
    OSHA, ERISA & EEO matters
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  Mr. Matkov represents companies throughout the United States in complicated labor and industrial relations matters. He has extensive experience in labor contract negotiations, labor arbitration, practice before the National Labor Relations Board, compensation and benefits, OSHA, ERISA, EEO matters, and related litigation.

He is a recognized expert in salaried and hourly compensation systems including engineered standards (incentive and measured daywork), gainsharing programs and job evaluation systems. Additional area of concentration involve employee productivity issues and programs, including QWL, quality circles, job enlargement/enrichment, job restructuring, employee participation, and the employee, labor, contract and compensation issues involved in cellular and just-in-time manufacturing systems.

He is involved in assisting the Firm's clients develop pragmatic approaches to the many new issues in the workplace including drug and alcohol testing, the evolving law of wrongful termination and privacy rights and electronic monitoring of employee behavior and productivity. Mr. Matkov has been a leader in assisting employers to develop managed health care options that are cost effective and acceptable to the employee base including the negotiation of health care issues with major international unions. He is frequently called upon to counsel with respect to the employment and benefit issues inherent in major business transactions, including the purchase and sale of business units.

Mr. Matkov has served as an outside director on boards of directors and is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Columbian Mutual Life Insurance Company (Binghamton, NY) and its subsidiaries, Columbian Family Life Insurance Company (New York, NY), Columbian Life Insurance Company (Chicago, IL) and Golden Eagle Sales Corp. (Brooklyn, NY).

Mr. Matkov is included in the corporate list (management labor law) of S. Naifeh & G.W. Smith, The Best Lawyers in America (1st ed. 1983, 2d ed. 1987, 3d ed. 1989, 4th ed. 1991-92, 5th ed. 1993-94, 6th ed. 1995-96, 7th ed. 1997-98), and is also included in World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, published by the International\Financial Law Review (1st ed. 1995-96, 2nd ed. 1997-98), and the 2000 Guide to The World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, published by the Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (July 2000).

Bar Admissions:  Admitted to the bar in Iowa and Illinois in 1966; admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 7th and 8th Circuits.

Hourly Rate:  $401-$500/hour

Retainer:  Normally not required; alternative fee arrangements subject to discussion.

Date of Birth:  1942

Law School:  University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1966
Law School Honors/Involvement:  LL.B.; Order of Coif

Undergraduate School:  Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

Representative Clients:  Representative clients and references can be furnished upon request.

Employment History:  Attorney/Partner at Seyfarth Shaw (Chicago office) from 1966 to 1983 when the Matkov Salzman Firm was founded.

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  Mr. Matkov is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Community Involvement:  Mr. Matkov is involved in numerous community efforts including activities at his church and charitable organizations. He serves as a Trustee of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, and is a Trustee on the Kathryn Smith Matkov Scholarship Trust (a charitable trust established in memory of George's late wife which provides college scholarships to deserving graduates of her high school, Bishop McNamara High School, Kankakee, Illinois).

Published Legal Writing:  Authorship of chapters in the Fourth Edition of H.B. Maynard's Industrial Engineering Handbook on the subjects of Job Evaluation, Grievances Arbitration and Collective Bargaining, and Auditing and Restructuring Incentive Plans.

Legal Lectures:  Mr. Matkov is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities and business forums on areas within the Firm's expertise.

Family:  Mr. Matkov has three children, Kathryn, Thomas and Paula, and three grandchildren, Maggie, Kathryn and Zoe.
Parking:  Parking is available in the 55 East Monroe Street Building where the Firm's offices are located.
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