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Art Sternberg


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Art is an experienced trial lawyer and employment law counselor.

He has carved out a special focus on representing employers in covenants not to compete and trade secret issues and litigation.

He has handled covenant not to compete and trade secret litigation for his entire career and helped employers in all types of industries protect their good will and business information by drafting, evaluating, and enforcing non-compete and confidentiality agreements. Art works with general counsel and executives to respond immediately to protect clients from disloyal employees. He brings deep substantive knowledge and trial experience in obtaining immediate injunctive relief. He also advises and defends employers when they consider or hire employees with employment contract restrictions.

Art advises clients and litigates in courts across the country, with special emphasis on cases in Illinois state and federal courts. With over 35 years of courtroom and appellate experience, Art also represents clients in a wide range of breach of contract and business tort case.

Art counsels on employment law disputes and compliance for clients in all industries, such as manufacturing, health care, retail, financial, professional services, and e-commerce. He also draws on his litigation experience to draft agreements and policies that best protect his clients. Art's practice is paperless and legalese-free.

Successful lead trial attorney, winning $2.2 million jury verdict for breach of service contract.

Successful lead defense attorney in jury trial of claim of termination in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Lead attorney in obtaining injunctions and consent decree enforcing noncompetition and nonsolicitation restrictions in courts located in California, Florida, Illinois, and South Carolina

Lead attorney in winning summary judgment in defense of federal Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act (WARN) claim before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Lead attorney in winning Illinois Supreme Court ruling that discharged in-house counsel cannot sue for retaliatory discharge

Successful trial defense attorney in labor arbitration ruling that employee was properly terminated pursuant to terms of collective bargaining agreement

Thompson Coburn Publications

New Illinois law prohibits non-competition agreements with low-wage employees

Third Arthur Sternberg article appears in Illinois bar publication

U.K. employment guide publishes Arthur Sternberg article

Second Arthur Sternberg article appears in Illinois bar publication


Workplace Privacy

Dealing with the Challenges of Telecommuting Workers


"Illinois Employers Face Decision as Appellate Court Limits Offer of At-Will Employment as Consideration for Competition Restrictions";
Thompson Coburn Client Alert, July 2013

"Drafting Enforceable Customer Solicitation Restrictions";
Illinois State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, April 2012

"Negotiating U.S. Executive Employment Agreements";
Corporate LiveWire Expert Guide - Labour & Employment Law, April 2012

"Illinois Supreme Court Broadens 'Legitimate Business Interest Test'";
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 2012

"Drafting Enforceable Restrictions on Recruiting Employees";
Illinois State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Newsletter, March 2012

"Avoiding 'Blanket Prohibitions' on Competition in Employment Agreements";
Illinois State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Newsletter, December 2011