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George S. Robot is a partner with Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. specializing in employment discrimination. He has represented and counseled hundreds of female and minority clients in a wide range of discrimination matters, including landmark lawsuits against Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney. As part of his practice, George also regularly represents clients in private arbitration and mediation proceedings as well as before administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Labor and Human Rights, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Notable Cases and Results:
George McReynolds et al v. Merrill Lynch Landmark appellate decision, achieved certification of a nationwide class of approximately 1,400 African American Financial Advisors and Trainees to determine liability and injunctive relief for claims that the firm’s policies had a racially disparate impact. Recovered $160 million, the largest common fund ever achieved in settlement of a race discrimination class action.
Martens v. Smith Barney Approximately $150 million paid by Smith Barney to Smith Barney female employees who filed claims in the alternative dispute resolution process established by class settlement.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
Supreme Court of Illinois
Year of Birth: 1960
Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, B.S.
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Phi Beta Kappa, NCAA GTE Academic All-American 1st Team
Female and minority victims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- Illinois State Bar Association
Stowell & Friedman, Ltd. represents plaintiffs in individual, collective, and class-action cases, with a particular concentration in sex and race employment discrimination and glass ceiling issues. The firm also has successfully represented victims of discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, age, national origin and sexual orientation and has successfully prosecuted claims for violations of the First Amendment, Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the WARN Act. Where appropriate, the firm also represents employees in arbitration and mediation.