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Neil H. Dishman


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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 real-estate, non-profit, manufacturing, and health-care fields. Mr. Dishman has jury-trial experience and is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 

Mr. Dishman has garnered the accolades of his peers for his work in advising and defending employers, including the following peer-reviewed awards:

  • He has been named to the list of "Up and Comers" in the Human Resource Executive magazine's annual issue on "The Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in America," in every year from 2016 to the present. He is one of only 40 lawyers nationwide to receive this honor, and one of only five lawyers in the Chicago area on the list.
  • He has been named to the annual list of “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine, a distinction accorded to no more than 2.5% of Illinois lawyers, in every year from 2009 to the present.
  • He has also been named to the "Best Lawyers in America" list in every year from 2013 to the present.
  • He was also named an "Emerging Lawyer" by the Leading Lawyers publication in 2017, an honor received by no more than 2% of Illinois lawyers.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he 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 is a member of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, where he is active in the Employment Law Committee. He resides with his wife, two daughters, and son in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he is an active member of the community, including his service on the board of directors of the Human Resources Association of Greater Oak Brook, as Legislative Director. 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)
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Professional Associations and Activities

  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Employment Law Committee
  • 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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September 16, 2019
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Neil Dishman Comments on Tips for Complying with Leave Laws

September 16, 2019

Neil Dishman comments on tips for complying with leave and accommodation laws, and sweeping workplace trends in "Employment law update," published by Fleet Owner. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

June 4, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized as the Nation's Most Powerful

June 4, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 4, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, congratulates Chairman Emeritus Vincent A. Cino, along with Principals Neil H. Dishman, Maurice G. Jenkins, René E. Thorne and Richard F. Vitarelli for their inclusion in Human Resource Executive magazine’s “Most Powerful... Read More

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December 28, 2018

Illinois Hospitals to Face Requirements Designed to Reduce Violence Against Nurses

December 28, 2018

The Illinois Health Care Violence Prevention Act mandates hospitals and other healthcare providers to comply with requirements aimed at protecting their workers from violence. Beginning January 1, 2019, healthcare providers in Illinois will need to implement specific violence-prevention policies outlined in the Act (Public Act 100-1051... Read More

October 17, 2018

Illinois Joins Growing List of States Addressing Employee Business Expense Reimbursement

October 17, 2018

An amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) imposing an affirmative duty on employers to reimburse employees for certain expenses incurred during their employment will go into effect on January 1, 2019. Previous Law Prior to the amendment, expense reimbursements were not addressed in the IWPCA and its... Read More

January 16, 2018

Labor Department Adopts ‘Primary Beneficiary’ Test for Determining Employee Status of Interns, Students

January 16, 2018

The Department of Labor has decided to align its analysis under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of the intern-vs.-employee determination with that of the majority of federal appellate courts to have addressed the issue, abandoning the stricter Obama-era analysis. The agency announced on January 5, 2018, that it was adopting the “... Read More

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Illinois Governor Signs $15 Minimum Wage Law
February 20, 2019

As anticipated, today Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the “Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act,” under which the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour over the next six years. Read More

Illinois Legislature Approves Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15.00, Sends to Governor for Signature
February 15, 2019

(Update from an earlier post) The Illinois legislature has now passed the “Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act,” under which the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour over the next six years. Governor J.B. Read More

Illinois Legislature Fast-Tracks Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15.00
February 8, 2019

Following up on its recently-elected governor’s campaign pledge, the Illinois legislature has fast-tracked the “Lifting Up Illinois Working Families Act,” under which the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour over the next six years. Read More