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James P. Daley


P 312-787-4949 F 312-787-4995


James P. Daley


James P. Daley is a Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management in matters of labor and employment law.

Mr. Daley has received numerous national awards for his work as a labor and employment attorney. The National Law Journal’s “Who’s Who of Employment/Labor Lawyers” has recognized him as one of the Top 25 lawyers in the U.S. representing management. Mr. Daley’s practice includes the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements and the defense of actions involving state and federal labor, employment and discrimination laws.

Mr. Daley began his career as a labor and employment attorney in 1980 by representing the City of Chicago in the 22-day Chicago Fire Department strike.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Daley has served as labor counsel to the Chicago Transit Authority, negotiating its major collective bargaining agreements with the Amalgamated Transit Union and building trades unions impacting more than 10,000 employees. He also serves as Chief Labor Counsel to Cook County, Illinois negotiating its major collective bargaining affecting more than 20,000 employees his work as labor counsel has been credited with helping to avert work stoppages or strikes and for negotiating union contracts which controlled labor costs.

He is Employer-appointed Counsel on Taft Hartley Funds and regularly represents Employer Trustees of Pension and Health and Welfare Funds.

Mr. Daley regularly defends employers in litigation, including federal and state court proceedings involving discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims. He has extensive experience representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Labor Relations Board, and in complex interest arbitrations involving police and transit workers.

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