Harvey M. Adelstein


Harvey M. Adelstein’s practice includes counseling clients in the administration of collective bargaining agreements, representing employers in grievance and arbitration processes and providing advice with regard to governmental agency proceedings. Harvey also counsels employers in developing strike contingency plans, representation cases and in the decertification process.

Harvey has represented management in labor and employment law, on behalf of management exclusively, since 1962. With extensive collective bargaining experience in both the public and private sectors, he has negotiated with many of the major labor organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area, throughout the state of Illinois and across the country. He served as special outside labor counsel for Cook County. During this time, he was directly responsible for negotiations covering nearly 20,000 employees.

Harvey has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006.

While in law school, Harvey was editor-in-chief of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He was a teaching fellow at Northwestern University Law School from 1961-1962 when he entered private practice.

Harvey was elected in 2004 and remains a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a non-profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law.


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School (L.L.B., 1961), Order of the Coif
  • Kenyon College (A.B., 1958), cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1962

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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