|Contact Info||Telephone: 312 474 7880|
Fax: 312 474 7898
|University ||University of Michigan, B.A., with Highest Distinction, 1976|
|Law School||University of Michigan School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1979|
|Admitted||1981, Illinois; United States District Court (Northern and Central District of Illinois; District Court of Colorado; District of Nebraska; Northern District of Texas, Western District of Tennessee, Northern District of Indiana, Southern District of Iowa); United States Court of Appeals (Third, Fifth and Seventh Circuits)|
|Born||Nashville, Tennessee, January 30, 1956|
Joe Tilson is a founding partner and serves as Co-Chair of the law firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP in Chicago, Illinois. A recognized authority in the area of labor and employment law, Joe represents employers in large scale employment litigation and labor arbitrations. In the past thirty years, he has tried over one hundred and fifty jury and non-jury cases before the full range of courts, administrative agencies and labor arbitrators. His clients include a number of the country's largest public and private employers, and Illinois' most prestigious universities, whom he represents in both traditional labor law matters and employment litigation. Joe is nationally known for his knowledge and success in handling large wage and hour class action cases, but he also has vast experience in collective bargaining involving large and complex bargaining units.
Joe has been recognized as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in Chicago. He was named the 2011 Chicago Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America and one of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon; has achieved a Tier 1 Labor and Employment ranking from Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business; and is only one of four management-side labor and employment lawyers to be named to the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers list. Joe is a frequent lecturer, author and bar association leader. He regularly speaks on labor and employment issues for the American Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, Northwestern University's Corporate Council Institute, Chicago-Kent College of Law and many other educational institutions and associations. Joe is a fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and is the former Chair of the American Bar Association's Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. He currently serves on the ABA's Council, the governing body of the ABA's Labor and Employment Law Section. Joe also serves on the Board of Managers of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.
Prior to entering private practice, Joe served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Updates on Employment Law in 2012: The Year in Review - NU Corporate Counsel Institute
Effective Mediation in Wage and Hour Litigation - ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting
Labor and Employment Law 2011: The Year in Review - NU Corporate Counsel Institute
Joe Tilson Talks about the Legal and Business Impact of Illinois' "Civil Union" Bill.
Labor and Employment Law 2010: The Year in Review - NU Corporate Counsel Institute
Joe Tilson was profiled by Leading Lawyers Magazine.
22 MBT Lawyers Recognized as Top Illinois Practitioners, Leading Lawyers Network (August 2009)
The Right Fit, Chicago Lawyer (May 2009)
University of Richmond School of Law Wins ABA National Trial Advocacy Competition (January 2009)
FLSA Wage Hour Update
Labor and Employment Law 2008: The Year in Review - NU Corporate Counsel Institute
Hot Topics in Wage & Hour Law - Practising Law Institute
Labor and Employment Law 2007: The Year in Review
Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Law
Joe Tilson will be speaking on "Donning and Doffing: Making Sense Out of the Morass" at the Wage & Hour Defense Institute's Quarterly Update on Developments in Wage & Hour Law webinar.
Joe Tilson chaired Bridgeport's Annual Wage & Hour Program
On October 5, 2012, Joe Tilson moderated a panel discussion entitled "Updates on Employment Law in 2012: The Year in Review" for Northwestern University's Annual Corporate Counsel Institute.
Joe Tilson to speak at 5th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
Joe Tilson to speak at Bridgeport CE's 7th Annual Wage and Hour Litigation Conference in San Francisco
On October 6, 2011, Joe Tilson will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Updates in Employment Law" for Northwestern University's Annual Corporate Counsel Institute.
Joe Tilson will moderate a panel discussion entitled: "It Ain't Over "Til It's Over: Unique Ethical and Practical Issues Posed by Settling Wage and Hour Litigation" for the American Bar Association's 4th Annual Labor and Employment Law Section's CLE Conference.
Joe Tilson will moderate a panel discussion entitled "Advanced Wage and Hour Issues - Lessons Learned" for the American Employment Law Council's Eighteenth Annual Conference. The conference this year is called Key Challenges Facing Employers in the New Decade.
Joe Tilson will speak on "Current Developments In Employment Law And Labor Relations" for Northwestern University's Corporate Counsel Institute's Annual CLE program for in-house counsel.
"Unique Ethical Issues Raised by Settling Class and Collective Action Lawsuits," Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
"Ethical and Practical Issues Posed by Settling Wage and Hour Litigation," 4th Annual ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference
Joe Tilson to Moderate Panel on Determining Compensable Work Issues at ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law CLE Conference (November 6, 2009)
Joe Tilson to Present Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Law at PLI's 38th Annual Institute on Employment law (Oct. 26, 2009)
Advanced Litigation of Wage and Hour Class Cases: ABA Teleconference Series
Wage and Hour Issues
Northwestern University School of Law's 46th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - fellow and Regional Director
American Bar Association - Council Member of Labor & Employment Section; Past Chair: Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition; Past-Chair: Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee; Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee; Age Discrimination Subcommittee; Equal Pay Act Subcommittee.
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago - Board of Managers
2011 Chicago Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Tier 1 Ranking
Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resource Network and Lawdragon
Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers
Leading Lawyers Network Illinois
Outstanding Lawyers of America
International Who's Who of Management Labor and Employment Lawyers
Martindale & Hubbell - AV rated (highest rating for legal ability and ethics)
Joe Tilson will speak on "Donning and Doffing and Other Pre/Post-Shift Activities (Booting Up and Logging Into Computers, Attending Pre/Post-Shift Meetings), and the Continuous Work Day" at the ACI's 19th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and
Joe Tilson will moderate the program "Beyond Donning & Doffing: Compensable Time in a Digital Age" at the 7th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
Super Lawyers Names 21 MBT Attorneys to 2013 Lists
Tilson Co-Chairs ABA's Trial Advocacy Competition
Joseph Tilson Co-Chairs ABA's Trial Advocacy Competition
Law Dragon/Human Resource Executive names Joe Tilson as a "Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyer"
Joe Tilson named Best Lawyers'
"Chicago Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year"
Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 24 MBT Lawyers
Joe Tilson named to Lawdragon's List of Most Powerful Employment Attorneys
Fifteen MBT Attorneys Named to 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers List; MBT Attorneys also Recognized on Texas and Arizona Super Lawyers List
Joe Tilson Co-Chairs National Finals of ABA's Student Trial Advocacy Competition
13 MBT Partners Named "Illinois Super Lawyers;" Tilson "Top 100;" Argionis and Wermuth "Rising Stars"
Former Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine joins Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson
Top-Ranked in Chambers Guide
Meckler Bulger & Tilson Expands Its Name, Adds Two Founding Partners to Masthead
10 MB&T Lawyers Named Illinois Super Lawyers
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
8th Circuit Refuses To Follow NLRB - Enforces FLSA Class Action Waiver
Jason E. Barsanti,Jason A. Geller,Joseph E. Tilson, January 15, 2013
In Owen v. Bristol Care, Inc., the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to follow recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") that class action waivers in arbitration agreements were unenforceable, and instead enforced a class action waiver in an employee's...
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