Carole A. Spink is an employment advisor on global and domestic employment law matters. She is one of the leaders of McDermott’s COVID-19 Employment Task Force and advises employers on pandemic response and related measures.

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  • Advised employers on a wide range of COVID-19 measures, including federal, state and local leave obligations, furloughs and layoffs, cost-cutting measures, accommodations, health and safety obligations, return-to-work procedures, and policy review and implementation.
  • Advised a global advisory firm on numerous employee mobility matters, including international assignments, secondments and remote work arrangements.
  • Advised a global pharmaceutical company on its purchase of a global business involving 47 countries and an announced deal value of $6.6 billion, as well as its post-acquisition integration*

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  • Benchmark Litigation 2020: Labor & Employment Star
  • Recommended lawyer for Labor and Employment, The Legal 500 US 2020
  • Corporate Pro Bono Partner Award, recipient, 2010


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Homeless Youth Handbook, pro bono project lead by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, chapter leader

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London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc International Relations, 2003
Chicago-Kent College of Law, JD, High Honors, Order of the Coif, 1997
University of Central Florida, BA, 1992


Carole A. Spink

Associée | Chicago