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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1982
    • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1979
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1982
Mark Nelson thrives on crafting legal strategies that are grounded in each client's business objectives. In his more than 30-year career, he has represented management in labor relations and employment discrimination issues and has extensive experience representing employers in a wide variety of labor matters including:
  • Union avoidance
  • Union organizing campaigns
  • Contract negotiations
  • Labor disputes
  • Unfair labor practice and arbitration proceedings

Mark provides counsel regarding contract administration and interpretation to clients who have collective bargaining relationships, as well as clients who wish to avoid them. Throughout his career, he has represented a significant number of health care providers and manufacturing, service, and government contracting companies. Additionally, he has represented employers in matters before state and federal agencies and courts on virtually all types of discrimination claims, retaliatory discharge suits, breach of contract actions, and wage and hour cases, among others. He recently was retained to serve as special investigative counsel in several sensitive sexual harassment matters.

Mark has experience working on more than 20 M&A matters providing strategic advice on seller and new operator side with extensive experience on labor matters.

  • Chief negotiator for a hospital in contract negotiations with a state nurses association/National Nurses United for successor contract covering more than 2,200 professional employees. Achieved significant favorable changes in the defined benefit plan as well as health insurance.

  • Chief negotiator for provider of residential care services in contract negotiations for a successor contract that conditioned future pay increases on increases in state funding and modified arbitration language to limit arbitrator’s authority in discharge cases.

  • Chief negotiator for a hospital in contract negotiations with a state nurses association/National Nurses United for a successor contract in which the hospital successfully negotiated to impasse and implemented key new provisions contained in its final offer.

  • Defended a hospital in an unfair labor practice charge alleging it failed to bargain in good faith when it declared impasse and implemented its final offer. Settled the matter on favorable terms including extending the new agreement for an additional year with no additional changes or pay increases.

  • Assisted a large health care system with more than 25 hospitals with union contracts, that desired to make substantial changes to its defined benefit plan by assessing the different contract language and legal risk and developing a strategy to achieve the needed plan changes

  • Successfully defended an employer alleged to have violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee for complaining to other employees about discipline she had received. Successfully defended an employer in multiple arbitration hearings challenging employees’ discharges for patient/resident abuse.

  • Settled 10-year old unfair labor practice charges in order to hold a rerun election. Days before the rerun election the union filed more than 30 unfair labor practice charge allegations to block the election. After an unfair labor practice trial in which the client prevailed on all but three allegations, the election was rescheduled.  One week before the election the union withdrew its election petition, knowing that it would have lost the election.
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