Tobias E. Schlueter

Tobias E. Schlueter

Strategic Advocate and Litigator for Businesses in Employment, Restrictive Covenant and Trade Secret Matters.

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Practice area: Employment and labor




Trial Experience:
Mr. Schlueter tries cases on behalf of companies in both state and federal courts.  Most recently, in a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Schlueter and his team won a directed verdict and dismissal of the plaintiff's gender discrimination claim at the close of plaintiff's case-in-chief and then won a complete defense verdict on the plaintiff's age discrimination claim.
Restrictive Covenants, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Trade Secrets and Related Claims:In addition to ongoing counseling, drafting and reviewing agreements and matters involving restrictive covenants and confidential information for companies and executives, Mr. Schlueter has a proven track record in high stakes litigation, including temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in connection with restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements) and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets; retaliation; tortious interference; breach of fiduciary duty; and unfair competition.  Recent examples include:
Class Actions:Mr. Schlueter has extensive class action defense experience, including with respect to removals under the Class Action Fairness Act.  Recent experience includes:
Employment:On a daily basis Mr. Schlueter represents companies on employee issues, litigation avoidance and implementing policies that are in conformance with the various federal, state and local employment statutes and laws, including the FLSA, FMLA, ADA, Title VII, and IWPCA.Mr. Schlueter routinely defends companies against employment-related charges and claims before administrative agencies and federal courts, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Illinois Department of Labor and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.In 2005, Mr. Schlueter was mentioned in the article, “Big Suits, United Airlines et al.” from the March 2005 issue of American Lawyer for his role in representing the Official Committee of the Unsecured Creditors in UAL Corp.’s bankruptcy.FINRA Arbitration:Mr. Schlueter represents companies before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).  Recent experience includes:
Commercial Litigation:Mr. Schlueter has extensive experience in representing companies in complex commercial matters.  In one recent example, after removing a complaint filed against his client to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Schlueter succeeded in convincing the plaintiff-company to voluntarily withdraw matter with prejudice.


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