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Rachel Bossard is a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Ms. Bossard chairs the Firm’s Labor and Employment law practice group. She represents employers in all aspects of the law including client counseling, training, litigation and benefits. She has extensive experience representing for profit and not-for-profit employers, including corporations, schools, colleges, universities, nursing homes, and municipalities. She has vast trial experience in both state and federal court and has litigated and mediated hundreds of employment law matters filed with various governmental agencies. Ms. Bossard has argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on multiple occasions regarding issues such as discrimination, retaliation and failure to accommodate. 

Ms. Bossard routinely drafts and reviews all types of employment documents for clients and assists them in making personnel decisions in compliance with the laws. She is very focused on risk management and her clients express their appreciation for her efficient and pragmatic approach. Ms. Bossard is a frequent lecturer on employment law issues and has a tremendous amount of experience presenting and training on important employment topics such as harassment prevention, accommodating disabilities, and wage and hour issues, both in-person and via webinar.

Ms. Bosssard also provides counseling and strategic advice to executives, including negotiating employment agreements and transition agreements, and advising on issues involving post-restrictive covenants, deferred compensation, and other benefits.

Experience

Professional/Community

  • Strategic Partner, Chicago Family Business Council at DePaul University
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Board of Directors, Lakeview YMCA
  • Chair U.S./Canada Employment Law Group for Lawyers Associated Worldwide 2019 – present
  • Executives' Club of Chicago, Member

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Admissions

  • Illinois, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2001
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2006
  • Federal Trial Bar, 2005

Education

Michigan State University (B.A., Political Science/Pre-Law, 1998)

DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 2001)

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