William J. Tarnow II

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F: (312) 429-3573

William J. Tarnow II is chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and a member of the Executive Committee. He represents and counsels companies and management in all facets of business and employment law and employment-related litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Bill has litigated a variety of disputes, ranging from trade secret, breach of fiduciary duty, restrictive covenants and breach of contract disputes, to claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation under various statutes such as Title VII, the ADA and the ADEA in venues around the country. Bill also has defended a number of employers in both single-plaintiff and class action cases involving wage & hour, and overtime pay claims under both state and federal laws.

He regularly makes presentations on a variety of employment law issues, both to individual employers directly and to large groups in seminar settings. He serves as a speaker in the PLI Employment Law Program on topics such as whistleblowing and retaliation lawsuits. Bill regularly publishes articles and presents seminars and training on a variety of employment issues, and he has been contributing author to multiple Illinois editions of The Law Guide. He also serves as a Corporate Board Member for the James R. Jordan Foundation.

Bill is noted as a Recognised Practitioner in Chambers USA.

In 2012, Bill was named among the “most talented young attorneys working in Illinois,” according to the Law Bulletin Publishing Co., which included him in its annual “40 Under Forty” feature.

From 2011 to 2013 Bill was listed as a "Rising Star" in Illinois Super Lawyers, and has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the Employment and Labor practice area since 2014.


  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 1997), cum laude
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 1994), with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1997

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