Marilyn Pearson focuses her practice on traditional labor law under both the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act. She counsels, represents and conducts training for clients on the full range of matters, from union campaigns to collective bargaining, and from strategic planning to contract interpretation and administration. Marilyn has successfully represented clients in hundreds of labor arbitration and mediation cases, and before the National Labor Relations Board and National Mediation Board. She has delivered favorable results in collective bargaining, including multiemployer negotiations and in restructuring pursuant to Sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code.

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  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in collective bargaining for an agreement covering 22,000 customer-facing employees, reaching an agreement and achieving terms favorable to business*
  • Advised 80 employers on the formation of a multi-employer association for collective bargaining—negotiated the first agreement, which resulted in substantial improvement for member employers, and provided ongoing representation in arbitration, labor negotiations, and litigation*
  • Advised a high-profile company on labor negotiations and strike preparation—represented the employer at the bargaining table, and provided counsel on strategy to achieve contract goals which allowed the employer to achieve a cost-neutral agreement*

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  • Benchmark Litigation 2020: Labor & Employment Star
  • Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018, Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2018
  • Women Making an Impact, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2011


  • American Bar Association, member
  • Chicago Bar Association, member
  • The Oceanic Society, Board of Directors

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University of Minnesota, JD
University of Minnesota, BA


US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Marilyn A. Pearson

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