When is Overtime Pay Required?

Web Admin - Thursday, May 28, 2015

overtime pay in Illinois, Palatine employment lawyerOvertime pay is an important, but often complicated, issue that employers and employees sometimes have to resolve. For employees, receiving overtime pay is compensation for being asked to work a significant number of hours. However, employers often attempt to find ways, either by legal or, in extreme cases, illegal means, to avoid having to pay overtime compensation.

General Overtime Information

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Illinois law, an employee is entitled to overtime pay when he or she works more than 40 hours in a single workweek. The workweek is a fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 hours (seven consecutive 24-hour periods) and is defined by the employer. The workweek does not need to coincide with the calendar week. Instead, the workweek can begin on any day and at any time of the day. While the employer can make the workweek whatever he or she wishes, it is not permissible to average the number of hours worked over a period of two or more weeks.

Overtime pay is paid at a minimum of 150 percent of the employee’s hourly work rate (known as “time-and-a-half”) for the number of hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek. The FLSA does not place a maximum number of hours that an employee over the age of 16 may work in a workweek. Further, there is no provision for overtime pay for work performed on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays, unless work performed on those days results in exceeding the 40-hour rule. Generally, overtime pay is paid on the regular payday for the period in which the wages were earned.

The FLSA provides for several exemptions from the requirement of overtime pay. Exempt from overtime pay are executives, administrative, professional, computer, and outside sales employees who earn over $455 per week. Determining whether an employee fits under one of these categories can be complex and requires examination of the specific work the employee performs. Under Illinois law, other types of workers are also exempt, including, but not limited to:

  1. - Any salesman or mechanic primarily engaged in the selling or servicing of automobiles, trucks or farm implements;
  2. - Agricultural workers; and
  3. - A crew member of any uninspected towing vessel operating in any navigable waters in or along the boundaries of Illinois.

An employee who believes that he or she is entitled to overtime pay can file a lawsuit claiming monetary damages or that requests an injunction that orders the employer to pay the overtime wages. If the employee’s lawsuit is successful, he or she may receive back-pay, as well as liquidated damages in an amount equal to the back-pay.

Help with Employment Issues

For more information or if you believe you have been improperly denied overtime pay, you should speak with an experienced Illinois employment law attorney with experience in employment law and overtime compensation. Our firm represents individuals throughout the northwest suburbs, including areas such as Arlington Heights, Palatine and Crystal Lake. 

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Payment for Unauthorized Overtime

Web Admin - Friday, September 19, 2014

payment for unauthorized overtime, Palatine employment law attorneyThe law related to wage and hour violations is a complex legal area that touches virtually every employee. These laws lay out employees' rights with regard to things like when they may be paid, how much they must be paid, and the various overtime rules. The overtime rules are some of the most difficult, and can often lead to violations by employers, either knowingly or simply by virtue of not understanding their full complexity. Regardless of the reason for the violation, employees should be aware of their legal rights so that they can enforce them in case something goes wrong.

One of the most common issues that arises with overtime is the idea of “unauthorized overtime.” Many companies have a policy in place that requires employees to get supervisor permission before they work overtime, because overtime switches them to an increased hourly salary. However, this policy can cause confusion when an employee works unauthorized overtime. Some companies refuse to pay workers extra for unauthorized overtime work, but that refusal is a violation of federal law.

The Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the major piece of federal legislation governing things like overtime pay and wage and hour violations. For the purposes of the question about unauthorized overtime, the important section is 203(g), which defines the word employ. A company employs someone when it “suffer[s] or permit[s]” the person to work. Such a broad definition of the word employ means that even if the company has not authorized the overtime hours, they are still allowing the overtime work to happen. The fact that they allowed it at all means that the employee must be paid properly for their time, regardless of any company policy. However, employers are still allowed to take certain steps related to authorizing overtime.

What Employers May Do

Just because employers must pay their workers for unauthorized overtime does not mean that they are not allowed to have a system for approving overtime beforehand. Companies are allowed to decide whether they want their employees working extra time or would rather simply have the project completed at a later date. In fact, companies are even allowed to institute disciplinary procedures related to working overtime without the proper authorization. Yet, even with such procedures in place, if the employee still works overtime, they must be paid accordingly, even if they are also disciplined for violating the company policy related to unauthorized overtime.

Employees who have been the victim of wage and hour violations often feel powerless to stand up to their employers. If you believe that you are owed extra overtime pay, contact a skilled Illinois employment lawyer today. Our dedicated team can help provide you with the backup you need to enforce your legal rights as an employee. We assist clients in Palatine, Des Plaines, Buffalo Grove, and those throughout the suburban Chicagoland area.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Common Methods of Wage Theft

Web Admin - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

illinois wage theft lawyerMore and more employees are facing issues related to wage theft. Even though many are not aware of what the term actually mean, legal claims related to it have been steadily rising in recent years.

Broadly speaking, wage theft happens when an employer illegally deprives an employee of wages that they are owed. In some cases that can mean subverting laws that guarantee certain benefits to employees, like the minimum wage law, while in others it can simply mean not abiding by the agreement between the employer and the employee, both of which are violations of the law. Wage theft can be broken down into two categories based on the method the employer uses, methods relating to simply depriving the worker of money they are owed, and methods relating to improperly documenting the worker or their pay.

Wage Deprivation

Wage deprivation methods involve improper payroll practices designed to deprive an employee of their pay. The simplest method of this is an employer’s failure to pay their employees on time. This can include tactics like withholding an employee’s last paycheck or paying them for only certain hours or days worked, rather than paying for all their time.

One common, similar method of wage theft involves withholding overtime pay. Under the Fair Labor Standards act, many employees are entitled to overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week. Employers often take advantage of confusion among employees as to whether they qualify and refuse to pay overtime. Fortunately, the Department of Labor maintains a guide explaining worker’s overtime rights.

Documentation Issues

Documentation issues are a slightly subtler version of wage theft. Rather than simply withholding wages, employers will adjust their payroll or misclassify employees to stop paying them everything that the employer owes them. One of the simplest documentation violations is agreeing to pay someone below the minimum wage ($8.25 currently), which is illegal. Employers may also adopt improper policies related to clocking-in, like forcing employees to work for a period in the morning before they start logging hours. These sorts of policies qualify as wage theft since employers owe employees for that time.

Additionally, employers could improperly classify their employees as independent contractors. Independent contractor is a specific legal status related to the amount of freedom a worker has to set their hours and perform tasks as they see fit. Most workers a business hires will not fall into this category, but an employer may try to label employees as this since it allows the employer to avoid things like workers compensation insurance and payroll tax by shifting the burden to the worker.

If you believe you have been a victim of wage theft, or have questions about your employer’s practices, get in contact with an Illinois employment lawyer. We serve clients in areas across the northwest suburbs such as Buffalo Grove, Barrington, and Arlington Heights.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Retaliatory Discharge and Whistleblower Claims in Illinois

Web Admin - Thursday, January 30, 2014

illinois whistleblower employment lawyerIllinois law creates something called an “at-will” employment relationship between an employee and an employer. Ordinarily, this means that an employer may fire an employee for any reason or even no reason at all. But, Illinois law does create an exception in cases of retaliatory discharge.

A retaliatory discharge occurs when an employer fires an employee for taking an action that is protected by either a statute or general public policy. One of the most common actions that gives rise to a retaliatory discharge claim is an employer's firing of an employee after “whistleblowing.” Whistleblowing means that an employee reported suspected illegal conduct by the employer to the government, and it is protected by 740 ILCS 174.

Illinois Whistleblower Protection

Illinois law provides statutory protection to whistleblowers, so that their employers cannot fire them in retaliation for their reporting. However, the law has a limited set of actions that qualify as whistleblowing for the purposes of legal protection. Employers may not fire their employees for reporting their illegal conduct to a government or law enforcement agency, testifying against them in court, or refusing to perform an illegal act. Furthermore, the information that the employee provides does not actually have to expose any illegal conduct on the part of the employer. Instead, the employee merely needs a reasonable belief that the information involves an illegal act.

The law also contains a few other miscellaneous provisions. It prohibits employers from putting in place policies that that would prevent an employee from disclosing information that they believed involved an illegal act on the part of the employer. Additionally, the law includes a catch-all provision, designed to provide broader protection to whistleblowers. It forbids employers from retaliating against employees for attempting to expose any “public corruption or wrongdoing.”

In addition to forbidding retaliatory discharge, the law also recognizes other types of actions as retaliation. Generally speaking, the law forbids employers to retaliate with “materially adverse employment actions.” While termination is certainly the most common, other things like demotions, pay cuts, transfers and shift changes may qualify under certain circumstances.

In the event that the employee proves that they suffered retaliation, the law provides them with a variety of remedies, including:

  • • Reinstatement; 
  • • Back pay with interest; 
  • • and Compensation for damages from the violation.

If you believe that you suffered a retaliatory discharge for whistleblowing or some other protected act, contact a Chicago employment lawyer today. Call 847-934-6000 to speak to a member of our team. We serve many Northwest Suburban areas including Barrington, Palatine, Schaumburg, and other surrounding communities.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Recent Posts


IRELA Deer Park criminal attorney trusts Chicago estate planning Illinois Sales Representative Act real estate lawyer Illinois insurance claim attorney commercial real estate Kenilworth estate planning attorney hiring employees personal injury School Visitation Rights Act icy parking lots traffic violations Illinois personal injury attorney Mount Prospect real estate lawyer wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace medication errors Joliet general practice lawyers Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney back injuries car accident lawyers Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Inverness civil lawyer wage theft LLCs distracted driving accident victims uninsured motorist capital gains tax Arlington Heights Attorney Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Buffalo Grove law firm life insurance policy Illinois medical malpractice attorney swimming pools Illinois injury lawyer deed transfer right to work texting and driving pizza emoji Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Arlington Heights criminal lawyer real estate zoning health insurance dispute insurance claim denials Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Barrington Traffic Lawyer personal injury accidents involuntary manslaughter Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Illinois employment laws accidental death benefits Buffalo Grove real estate attorney blood alcohol content Crystal Lake will lawyer Arlington Heights TBI attorney car accident lawyer workers comp Affordable Care Act Schaumburg Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute residential real estate probate claims blended families fatal car accidents Illinois traffic ticket lawyer insurance agents Arlington Heights car accident lawyer expungement Palatine criminal defense lawyer slip and fall accidents Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, federal regulations for LLCs employment attorney Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Chicago traffic lawyer Illinois estate planning attorney Illinois workers compensation lawyer real estate contract Crystal Lake pet attorney overtime pay condo guardianship attorney living wills Rolling Meadows real estate attorney insurance claim dispute Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Crystal Lake employment attorney Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Schaumburg construction accident lawyer estate planning for college students traffic crimes traffic deaths spinal cord injuries Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Illinois Smoke Detector Act Illinois real estate Palatine employment attorney employees Barrington estate planning lawyer Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Inverness injury lawyer insurance adjusters Illinois workers compensation attorney meal breaks BAC anesthesia errors problem employees construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Illinois liability claims employee discrimination digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, Barrington employment law firm Arlington Heights personal injury attorney insurance dispute attorney Legal Info head on collisions Des Plaines real estate attorney traumatic brain injuries rest breaks marijuana Illinois medical malpractice claim Palatine Attorney vacation home fines power of attorney for healthcare CAM BUI Illinois car accident attorney Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Chicago employment attorney revenge porn Schaumburg wrongful death attorney digital evidence Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Illinois traffic accident lawyer Illinois personal injury Attorney Ken Apicella elder abuse criminal Illinois traffic attorneys Illinois will lawyer personal injury law firm wrongful death deadly crashes Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Des Plaines civil attorney criminal record Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Crystal Lake accident attorney food poisoning Inverness real estate attorney Deer Park DUI lawyer Deer Park traffic accident attorney Des Plaines DUI attorney Arlington Heights lawyer Deer Park personal injury lawyer Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Des Plaines insurance attorney tax attorney job lawyers Illinois employment law Liquor Control Act car accident estate planning attorney Illinois employee rights attorney. overtime violations Palatine insurance lawyer drugs Palatine civil litigation lawyer TBI Chicago insurance claim attorneys Landlord Tenant Ordinance Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Chicago car accident lawyer Deer Park medical malpractice attorney pregnant women medical research real estate closing Long Grove real estate attorney estate attorney IRS natural gas explosion cell phone tower data Exclusions Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys IRA benefits liability Schaumburg estate attorney probate lawyer Illinois criminal defense attorney rumble strips Palatine business attorney Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer bad faith insurance claims Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Crystal Lake traffic attorney Transfer on Death Instrument digital information Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney drug crimes lawyer college kids Arlington Heights real estate lawyer estate planning lawyer employment lawyer pet bites traffic laws Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Des Plaines personal injury attorney Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer auto accidents employee rights Palatine employment law lawyer Illinois probate lawyer underfunded trust Barrington estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers fiduciary rule delay FMLA work unions Super Mario trust payments Schaumburg real estate lawyer motorcycle accident defective products Illinois workplace lawyer Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer creditors Des Plaines criminal attorney personal injury claims employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Illinois boating accident lawyer Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Illinois real estate lawyer GM ignition switches criminal law Palatine personal injury lawyer IRA trust transfer condo association cell phone Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Barrington civil litigation attorney attorney fees commercial leases pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality life insurance Illinois corporate lawyer Illinois business law atorneys Arlington Heights tax lawyer Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers Long Grove estate planning attorney medical malpractice claims bike accident dynasty trusts South Barrington real estate attorney breathalyzer test Illinois employment law firm Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Illinois estate planning insurance denials Inverness elder law lawyer criminal defense Illinois employment law attorney trauma after an accident Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Home Remodeling Repair Act financial advisors Illinois registered agent rent to own real estate contracts Barrington workers compensation attorney Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Inverness accident lawyer suspended license field sobriety test estate planning Rolling Meadows employment attorney personal injury claim Palatine civil attorney insurance denial appeals Barrington injury attorney Family Medical Leave Act trench injuries Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers POA Illinois home inspection Barrington employment law attorney Crystal Lake car accident attorney Deer Park traffic lawyer Palatine estate planning lawyer Illinois bicycle safety employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers dog bites Illinois elder law attorney Inverness estate planning lawyer hands free device Rolling Meadows accident lawyer natural gas personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Arlington Heights insurance attorney driving manufacturing Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Palatine corporate law attorneys Illinois Human Rights Act senior citizens Schaumburg personal injury attorney first degree murder Schaumburg traffic lawyer Illinois insurance attorney Illinois traffic attorney Inverness traffic law firm whistleblower protections Illinois insurance lawyer Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Rolling Meadows probate lawyer special needs trust Illinois employment attorneys golf accidents insurance negligence traumatic brain injury pain and suffering Barrington business law firm Des Plaines claims law firm hit and run accident Barrington employment attorney Inverness personal injury attorney Schaumburg personal injury lawyers homestead rights insurance dispute murder charges Illinois employment lawyer Palatine construction attorney Colin Gilbert real estate leasing Illinois collections attorney Rolling Meadows preventing accidents Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer federal crimes foreclosure Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Palatine real estate lawyer Des Plaines real estate lawyer privacy laws DUI gift taxes license revocation Schaumburg criminal law attorney Riverwoods estate planning lawyer license suspension slip and fall commercial leasing Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer workers compensation benefits Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Jay Andrew car crash unpaid assessment Schaumburg car accident attorney wills and trusts murder defense Schaumburg civil litigation attorney drug crimes sole proprietorship Illinois pedestrian accident attorney mortgage DMV ObamaCare Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys no contest clauses insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys DUI penalities sexual harassment car crash injuries appealing an insurance claim Illinois trucking safety underinsured motorist Palatine corporate attorney DUI defense probate claims process Illinois driving without license investment property Illinois business lawyer Schaumburg insurance lawyers insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Illinois DUI attorney minimum wage Inverness corporate attorney independent contractor Illinois personal injury lawyers Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Inverness probate lawyer internet traffic offenses dram shop law insurance attorney defective products lawyer pet law Schaumburg injury lawyer jet ski Illinois trusts attorney preventable medical errors Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Mt Prospect Attorney Illinois traffic laws Illinois law Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer new real estate form Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Illinois rollover accident lawyers clemency denial of life insurance personal injury lawyer Rolling Meadows business lawyer Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Long Grove real estate lawyer Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer landlord tenant law unfunded trust Illinois Probate Act of 1975 liens taxes murder Barrington drug crime attorney Long Grove estate planning consent to a search estate planning trusts Rolling Meadows traffic law firm comp time Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer loopholes boating under the influence Schaumburg Attorney brain injury distracted driving accidents pedestrian accident loss of consortium ACA Policy Cancellation llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association in terrorem provision business litigation living trust vs will Schaumburg criminal attorney wrongful termination Chicago attorney Palatine trusts lawyer Class A misdemeanor Buffalo Grove probate lawyer home inspection lawyer Inverness insurance attorney power of attorney Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Des Plaines pet law attorney filing a medical malpractice claim Forcible Entry Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer Deer Park real estate law firm child safety Chicago lawyer South Barrington real estate lawyer DUI attorney Rolling Meadows insurance attorney surgical mistakes Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Illinois red light cameras Barrington criminal defense lawyer eluding a police officer Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act traffic accidents Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Crystal Lake employment law attorney Self-Directed IRA Accounts bicycle accidents Barrington boating accident attorney Mount Prospect elder law attorney Illinois LLC creation Crystal Lake insurance lawyer caretaker rights Retaliatory Discharge cell phone accidents Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Buffalo Grove injury lawyer pedestrian-automobile accident digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Illinois construction accident attorney Colin H. Gilbert disability benefits rollover accidents probate fees Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Illinois pet lawyer Illinois estate planning law firm Palatine traffic lawyer Chicago insurance law firm Deer Park employment law attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Inverness real estate lawyer Schaumburg corporate attorney Detainer Actions Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Illinois mortgages premises liability license insurance claim Rolling Meadows Attorney living trust Palatine injury attorney small business fault based insurance advance healthcare directive nursing home negligence Do Not Resuscitate insurance agent negligence drug crime employment law Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer crossover accidents traffic violations defense modern family estate planning probate boating DUI Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers caregiver changes to mortgage law Illinois job attorney Des Plaines drug lawyer bicycle dooring accidents Illinois tax attorney Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Illinois small business Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents Palatine employment lawyer product liability Chicago will attorney Deer Park accident attorney Crystal Lake tax lawyer rollover car crashes Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer employment contract products liability license reinstatement Arlington Heights injury attorney car accidents Schaumburg personal injury lawyer social media after death Barrington litigation attorney Des Plaines tax law firm Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Arlington Heights trucking lawyer drunk driving statistics medical malpractice severance agreements Des Plaines injury law firm living trust benefits Employment Discrimination Law Rolling Meadows tax attorney Illinois employment law attorneys healthcare Chicago employment lawyer underage DUI Arlington Heights accident attorney Crystal Lake law firm life insurance claims insurance disputes Palatine traffic accidents workers compensation dealing with problem employees employee misclassification jet ski accidents Palatine probate lawyer drug possession Arlington Heights employment attorney estate plan Long Grove estate planning attorneys civil litigation attorney operating agreements foreclosed rental property Crystal Lake business law attorneys Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney motorcycle accident lawyer Illinois civil litigation lawyer Illinois lawyer digital assets healthcare claims speeding Palatine elder law attorney Home Sale Contingencies startup company civil rights violation Barrington personal injury attorney landlord paid sick leave Rolling Meadows employment law attorney Palatine law firm unauthorized overtime workplace sexual harassment Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer DNR FSLA insurance claim denial traffic tickets real estate Des Plaines accident attorney Schaumburg elder law lawyer Palatine drug lawyer spinal cord injury Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney low-ball insurance settlement fiduciary rule Illinois living will Illinois personal injury lawyer reckless homicide Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Schaumburg probate attorney corporate law personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Illinois defective products attorney Barrington real estate lawyer installment contracts Chicago estate planning lawyer irrevocable trust Fourth of July sexual images Schaumburg estate planning attorney insurance claim dispute attorney trucking accidents controlled substance life insurance lawyer denied insurance claims breach of contract mass shooting gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, forming a corporation in Illinois Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act Illinois attorney privacy Illinois insurance claims lawyers Crystal Lake employment lawyer Arlington Heights traffic attorney institutional trustee marijuana crimes attorney Palatine punch death Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Illinois wills and trusts medical marijuana denied insurance claim agent Chicago trucking accident attorney insurance claim delay income distribution deducation Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Whistleblower Claims unpaid overtime Chicago corporate attorney car crashes estate tax employment law, Illinois employment laws Buffalo Grove employment lawyer medical malpractice compensation Illinois wills and trusts attorneys wills estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Barrington attorney Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Barrington personal injury lawyer construction accidents Barrington criminal lawyer drunk driving holiday statistics compensatory time DGAA texting while driving owner responsibility real estate attorneys trustee probate process Inverness DUI lawyer automated cars Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney truck collisions Crystal Lake injury attorney elder law Fair Labor Standards Act Chicago biking tips Des Plaines insurance claims pedestrian accidents Schaumburg employment attorney boating accidents Illinois speeding lawyer Illinois medical malpractice case car collision ken apicella Illinois insurance disputes BAIID civil litigation trucking accident lawyers Schaumburg employment law attorneys Thanksgiving Des Plaines collections attorney Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Palatine workers compensation lawyer vacation home real estate attorney PTSD