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   3Sean F. DarkeChicago(312) 781-6554darke@litchfieldcavo.comdarke@litchfieldcavo.comLitchfield Cavo LLPwww.litchfieldcavo.comwww.litchfieldcavo.comdarkesean.jpgEmployment Law: ManagementWage and Hour Class Action LitigationUnemployment Claim DefenseTitle VII LitigationIndependent Contractor/Owner Operator LitigationIllinois Human Rights Act Litigation
Sean F.
Litchfield Cavo LLP
303 W Madison St Ste 300
Chicago IL 60606
Ph.(312) 781-6554 
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Employment Law: Management    Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation
    Unemployment Claim Defense
    Title VII Litigation
    Independent Contractor/Owner Operator Litigation
    Illinois Human Rights Act Litigation
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Sean is an experienced employment and labor law attorney and focuses his practice on advising and litigating employment and labor law matters. He has successfully defended companies in both state and federal courts and state and federal administrative courts, specifically on matters involving wage and hour laws, employment discrimination, independent contractor agreements, noncompetition agreements, harassment claims, unemployment claims, unfair labor practices, state and federal agency audits, and several other key areas under both state and federal laws.

Prior to joining Litchfield Cavo, Sean honed his experience in employment and labor law while working for a boutique employment and labor law firm in Chicago. Before being admitted to practice, he worked as a judicial law clerk in the state of Michigan.

While in law school at Michigan State University, Sean served as editor-in-chief of the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal. Sean also furthered his studies in international legal issues by attending the University of Dublin College of Law in Dublin, Ireland, where he studied matters relating to the European Union.

Sean was listed as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in the area of Employment & Labor--Management Side in 2018. The Leading Lawyer designation, issued by Law Bulletin Media, is based on statewide peer surveys and earned by only 5% of attorneys throughout Illinois.

In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Sean was named to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Employment and Labor--Management Side, a distinction given by Super Lawyers to no more than 2.5% of eligible attorneys in each state.

Mr. Darke is the lead editor for the Illinois Employer's Guide to Wage and Hour Issues, 2nd Edition-2016 presented by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Darke also presents numerous seminars and webinars throughout the Country. In addition, Mr. Darke advises and consults with businesses across the country on how to properly apply employment and labor matters.

Mr. Darke earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Darke also gained international legal studies at the University College Dublin School of Law where he studied labor issues relating to the European Union through a summer program with Duquesne University School of Law. Mr. Darke earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam in business economics.

Bar Admissions:  
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court
  Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  Central District of Illinois

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2014-2016
  • Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2017-present

Year of Birth:  1976

Law School:  Michigan State University College of Law, J.D.

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Entertainment & Sports Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief

Undergraduate School:  State University of New York, Potsdam, B.A., business economics

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  Business Advisory Committee

Published Legal Writing:  
"Tipping the Scales: How the 10th Circuit Just Created a Show Down Over Tips," Elgin Area Chamber, August 2017

"Motor Carriers Continue to Be a Hotbed for Litigation," July 2017

"Fair Labor Standard Act Rounding Principles," 2017

"Illinois Trucking Companies Need to Beware: Some Owner Operators Challenging Their Employment Status and Deductions From Their Settlements Under the IWPCA!" February 2017

"The Current Status of Wage and Hour Issues," February 2017

"Compliance, Compliance, Compliance! The New Overtime Rules Place Employers in Compliance Mode," May 2016

"Illinois Employer's Guide to Wage and Hour Issues," Illinois Chamber of Commerce, 2015

"Fluctuating Workweeks," August 2015

"Businesses Need to be Proactive with New Proposed Overtime Rules," July 2015

"The New DOL Regulations Destroy Small Business Employee Exemptions," July 2015

"Excuse Me Employer: Please Remove Your Hand from that Tip Jar!" February 2015

"IDOL Aggressively Implementing New Regulations: Is Your Company in Compliance with the New Rules?" January 2015

Firm Description:  
Litchfield Cavo LLP is a litigation defense law firm founded in 1998 on one principle — client service comes first.

It is natural to assume that a firm that has grown to more than 270 attorneys in more than twenty offices nationwide may be impersonal and provide limited accessibility to attorneys. We pride ourselves on being the opposite. We blend the vast resources of a nationwide law firm with the responsive service and reasonable billing practices typically found only at small firms.

Our attorneys and staff value client relationships. We encourage communication that is open and honest. Most importantly, integrity and professionalism are visible in every action.

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