Stephen D. Erf focuses his practice on civil rights and labor/employment counseling and litigation, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, union organizing, collective bargaining, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and leadership transition. He has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including health care, education, construction, manufacturing, professional services, social services, food products, chemicals and transportation.

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  • Served as lead counsel and secured a defense judgment against a “stalking horse” plaintiff in a suit seeking a temporary early retirement supplemental benefit following a reduction in force
  • Served as lead counsel and secured a permanent injunction against a former officer who leaked privileged materials and disparaged a former company, including disgorgement of all severance pay
  • Negotiated an emergency plant closing and consolidation with a separate plant, including providing “short” Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices with payments for deficient notice period

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  • The Best Lawyers in America 2013 to 2021, Employment Law – Management
  • Chambers USA 2005 to 2019
  • The Legal 500


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association


Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1978
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA, 1975


Courts / Agencies
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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Stephen D. Erf

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