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Joseph J. Torres
Joseph Torres is a partner in the Chicago labor and employment relations practice group of Winston & Strawn.
Mr. Torres concentrates his practice in labor, employment, and employee benefits litigation and has represented clients before the state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the NLRB, the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and OSHA in a wide variety of discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, and other employment claims arising under state and federal law. Mr. Torres also advises clients on issues regarding collective bargaining relationships and labor disputes, including formulation of bargaining strategies, negotiation of labor contracts, contract administration, maintenance of operations during labor disputes, and responses to “in-plant” and “corporate” campaigns.
Mr. Torres also represents clients in the negotiation and preparation of employment and related
agreements, both for individuals and in connection with corporate acquisitions and
reductions-in-force, and has extensive experience in the areas of covenants not to compete,
and the protection of trade secrets and other proprietary information. In addition, Mr. Torres advises clients on the establishment and maintenance of employment policies, wage payment and compensation issues, and the development and implementation of overall human resources strategies.
Mr. Torres also has a broad range of experience representing clients in matters arising under ERISA. He has defended clients in claims for vested retiree benefits, alleged wrongful denial
of or interference with employee benefits, and various claims for breach of fiduciary duty. He has also represented clients in complex withdrawal liability matters involving multiemployer pension plans. Mr. Torres has considerable experience in the analysis and interpretation of various
ERISA-governed plans. He has defended clients in audits involving union-sponsored health
and welfare plans, and also has advised clients contemplating the modification or termination of employee benefits plans.
Mr. Torres is co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and a member of its Hiring Committee, and is an associate editor for BNA’s Developing Labor Law treatise. He is active in the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and currently serves as the management program chairman for the ABA Developing Labor Law Committee.
Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Wrongful Termination Litigation
Employment Class Action Litigation
Employment Law Advice, Counseling, and Training
International Labor and Employee Relations
Traditional Labor Law
Unfair Competition, Restrictive Covenants, and Trade Secrets
Wage and Hour Compliance and Litigation Whistleblower Matters
University of Illinois
Central District of Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court
USCA- 3rd Circuit
USCA- 6th Circuit
USCA- 7th Circuit