Peter R. Bulmer: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Peter R. Bulmer

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Wage and Hour
  • Construction
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Financial Services
  • Food Processing and Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Technology and Telecom
University University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1981
Law SchoolCreighton University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986 Editor-in-Chief, Creighton Law Review
Admitted1986, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 1987, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eight Circuit; 1993, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan and U.S. Supreme Court; 1998, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana and U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin; 1999, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; 2001, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 2005, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

Professional Associations and Activities

Chicago SHRM
Human Resource Management Association of Chicago
Society for Human Resource Management


Peter R. Bulmer is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management nationwide in all facets of employment and labor law.

Mr. Bulmer counsels management on employment matters and preventive measures to avoid litigation and, where litigation cannot be avoided, he defends employers before state and federal administrative agencies and courts. He also represents employers in prosecuting and defending claims of unlawful competition.

Mr. Bulmer is a featured speaker and author on employment law topics and a past chair of a national association of labor and employment lawyers.

While attending law school, Mr. Bulmer was Editor-in-Chief of the Creighton Law Review. He was a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Zaire, Africa, from 1981 to 1983.

Published Works

Employment & Labour Law, First ed. (Global Legal Insights, 2012) [Contributing Author - U.S.A. Chapter]
The Developing Labor Law (cummulative supplement), Fourth ed. (Bureau of National Affairs, 2002) [Contributing Editor]
Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Practical Guide (CCH Incorporated, 2000) [Co-Editor]
Labor Law Basics (American Compensation Association, 1996) [Co-Author]
• Alcohol and Drug Testing in the Workplace, The Americans With Disabilities Act: Access and Accommodations (Paul Deutsch Press, 1992) [Chapter Author]
• Leveling the Playing Field with Non-Competes, Executive Counsel (Dec 2011/Jan 2012) [Author]
• The Supreme Court Rules on Retaliation, The Illinois Manufacturer (February 28, 2003) [Author]
• Discrimination by National Origin, The Illinois Manufacturer (June 1, 2003) [Co-Author]
• Healthcare Privacy: A Primer on the HIPAA Act, The Illinois Manufacturer (June 1, 2003) [Author]
• Defending Against the ADA's Direct Threat, The Illinois Manufacturer (June 1, 2002) [Author]
• Redifining Disability, The Illinois Manufacturer (February 1, 2002) [Author]
• A Call to Arms: What Emloyers Need to Know About Military Leave, The Illinois Manufacturer (December 1, 2001) [Author]
• Supremes Look at Workplace Law, The Illinois Manufacturer (December 1, 2001) [Author]


Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report

Some Clarity to What is Sufficient Consideration for Non-Competes in Illinois
July 21, 2015

Since the much-discussed Fifield case from the Illinois appellate court two years ago, all that could be said with confidence was that, unless someone was employed for at least two years after signing a restrictive covenant agreement, its enforceability was highly questionable.

By Peter R. Bulmer

Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report

Reminder From the 7th Circuit: Don't Put the Cart Before the Horse (Establish your Legitimate Interest in Need of Protection Before you Complain About the Breach of a Non-Compete)
July 21, 2015

In the rush to the courthouse after an executive leaves, takes people with her, and opens a competing business, the spurned employer often relies on the promise that executive made-the noncompete agreement-and the undisputed breach of that promise and believes the court will provide a remedy.

By Peter R. Bulmer

Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report

Wisconsin Non-Compete Waters Just Got Muddier
May 13, 2015

On April 30, 2015, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Runzheimer Int'l, Ltd. v. Friedlen, settling a dispute in Wisconsin over whether continued employment alone was sufficient to bind an employee to a non-compete agreement.

By Peter R. Bulmer

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August 17, 2015

Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective


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Defend Trade Secrets Act - Congress Tries Again
Peter R. Bulmer,A. Robert Fischer,Michael S. Kantor,David Eric Renner, February 9, 2016
The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), S. 1890, which would provide federal jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets, has moved out of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee with bi-partisan support. With this procedural hurdle cleared, the DTSA is now in the hands of Senate Majority...

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Peter R. Bulmer

150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2500
ChicagoIL 60601


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