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Neil H. Dishman


P 312-803-2530
F 312-787-4995


Neil H. Dishman is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His business is helping employers prevent and resolve disputes with their employees.

Mr. Dishman helps employers reduce risk and minimize legal costs by giving advice on difficult personnel decisions before litigation ensues. When litigation is unavoidable, he helps employers protect their assets and reputations by vigorously and efficiently defending them from employee lawsuits. Mr. Dishman counsels and defends employers on a wide spectrum of issues, including race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability and sexual-orientation discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliatory discharge; Family and Medical Leave; and wage-hour compliance. He assists employers in a wide variety of industries, with particular experience in the property management, non-profit, manufacturing, and health-care fields.

Mr. Dishman has garnered the accolades of his peers for his work in advising and defending employers. He is the author of publications on employment law, civil procedure, and practice development. In addition to his published works, Mr. Dishman is committed to educating the human-resources community on key issues in employment law. To that end, he is a frequent speaker on employment-law topics, having given over twenty seminars to various business groups in just the last two years. Mr. Dishman has also served as a guest lecturer at Wheaton College and Oakton Community College, and he was interviewed on WDCB Public Radio (90.9 FM) about trends in wage-hour litigation.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Dishman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger B. Cosbey, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Mr. Dishman resides with his wife, two daughters, and son in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he is an active member of the community. Outside of the law and his family, his passions are playing basketball, backpacking through our national forests, and mastering the art of “low and slow” barbecue cooking.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Human Resource Executive® Magazine, “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Up-and-Comer” (2016)
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers division, Emerging Lawyer (2015)
  • Young Lawyers Division of the Illinois State Bar Association, Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest, Second Place Award Recipient (2005)
Best Lawyers Award Badge
Legal 500 Recommended Attorney

Professional Associations and Activities

  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Employment Law Committee
  • Glen Ellyn Economic Development Corporation, President, Board of Directors
  • Human Resources Association of Greater Oak Brook, Legislative Director, Board of Directors

Published Works

  • “The Power of Being a ‘Joiner’: How a Young Lawyer Can Generate New Business by Joining a Trade Association,” The Whisper (a publication of DRI’s Young Lawyers Committee)
  • “Five Things a Young Lawyer Can Do Now to Make It Rain,” The Whisper
  • “What Every Defense Attorney Should Know About Wage and Hour Law,” In-House Defense Quarterly
  • ”Gender Identity: The New Frontier of Employment Law,” The Job Description
  • “The Search for Illegal Workers: When Homeland Security Comes Knocking,” (co-authored with Minnie Fu), Illinois Bar Journal
  • “The Expanding Rights of Transsexuals in the Workplace,” The Labor Lawyer
  • “Defending the Lack of Interest Defense: Why Title VII Should Recognize Differing Job Interests Between the Sexes,” George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal
  • "Deadline Extensions in Federal Court: The Procrastinator’s Guide," Illinois Bar Journal

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August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

June 19, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Named as "Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" in 2017

June 19, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 19, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, congratulates Chairman Vincent A. Cino, along with Principals Neil Dishman, Maurice G. Jenkins, René E. Thorne and Richard F. Vitarelli, for landing on Human Resource Executive magazine’s “Most... Read More

August 15, 2016
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America© 2017

August 15, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 – Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm’s 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America© 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the... Read More

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August 15, 2017

Why the Chicago and Cook County Paid-Sick-Leave Ordinances May Apply to Your Organization

August 15, 2017

Paid-sick-leave ordinances (PSLOs) became effective in the City of Chicago and Cook County on July 1, 2017. The PSLOs require employers to grant paid sick leave to employees on terms more generous than what most employers have historically offered. (For example, see our article, Cook County, Illinois, Issues Final Paid Sick Leave... Read More

June 26, 2017

Cook County, Illinois, Issues Final Paid Sick Leave Regulations

June 26, 2017

The Cook County, Illinois, Commission on Human Rights has released final regulations that will govern its interpretation and enforcement of the Cook County “Earned Sick Leave” (ESL) Ordinance. The Ordinance is set to take effect on July 1, 2017. Passed on October 5, 2016, the Ordinance mandates that covered employers in Cook County... Read More

January 21, 2016

U.S. DOL Issues Guidance on Joint Employment under the FLSA and MSPA

January 21, 2016

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) on joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA). This sub-regulatory guidance largely reflects existing WHD policy.... Read More