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  • Education
    • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1999, Labor & Employment Certificate, 1999
    • B.A., University of Michigan, 1996
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1999
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2002
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 2009
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Rob Entin is not your typical labor and employment attorney. Before joining Polsinelli, Rob worked as in-house counsel for a large Chicago-area labor union. That unique work perspective has helped clients in the defense of unfair labor practice charges, representation at arbitrations, counseling prior to and during union organizing drives, and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. Working for the "other side" enables him to explain the motivation and desires of unions and the employees they represent, and this insight facilitates the development of creative solutions for many complex and sensitive workplace issues. A labor and employment generalist, Rob also assists clients with matters that include:

  • Defending discrimination/harassment/retaliation charges, wage, hour, and employee misclassification  issues before federal and state agencies and lawsuits in federal and state courts 
  • Counseling clients with employee discipline, hiring and firing, restrictive covenant, wage and hour, layoff and furlough, issues related to COVID-19, reasonable accommodation issues, risk avoidance, compliance, and day-to-day management of workforce 
  • Drafting, revising, and updating employee handbooks, personnel policies, and separation agreements 
  • Lead internal investigations over allegations of misconduct against senior leadership/management
  • Representing clients in workplace safety investigations.

Rob also represents clients in various commercial litigation matters, obtaining favorable results in federal and state courts.

During his free time, Rob has eschewed the links for the rink, and when he is not trying too hard to make his three children laugh, he plays defense in an adult men’s hockey league. Thankfully for his clients, his legal skills far exceed those on the ice.

 
  • Negotiated multiple successful collective bargaining agreements for safety net hospital, including bargaining over wage provisions that provided the hospital with financial freedom to operate with declining Medicare costs. 
  • Negotiated multiple successful collective bargaining agreements for ICF-DD facilities
  • Successfully counseled variety of clients on union organizing drives without drawing unfair labor practice charges
  • Defended employer in arbitration where Arbitrator denied union's grievance, seeking tens of thousands in back-pay, in pay dispute. 
  •  Prevailed on oral argument before the Kentucky Court of Appeals, convincing court to adopt successful summary judgment decision, denying that Plaintiff was wrongfully terminated
  • Prosecuted claims for an individual sales representative and won approximately $250,000 in compensatory, treble, punitive damages, costs, and attorney fees.
  • In litigation involving breach of contract, defended business owner in dispute with former business partners where plaintiffs sought more than $350,000 in damages.
  • Settled various employment discrimination/harassment/retaliation cases on behalf of client for less than ultimate litigation costs
  • Settled variety of restrictive covenant cases, both on enforcement and defense side, paving the way for employees to work for competitor prior to the expiration of restrictive covenant agreement. 
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