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Howard L. Bernstein

Howard L. Bernstein is a member of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and is a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Howard represents employers throughout the U.S. in labor relations and employment law matters and employment-related litigation, with an emphasis on contract negotiations, arbitrations and injunction proceedings, NLRB election campaigns, unfair labor practice cases and employment discrimination matters.

From 1970 to 1972, Howard was counsel to the chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. Later, he served as special outside labor counsel to the city of Chicago. In that capacity, he was the chief labor negotiator in the city’s negotiations with all of the unions representing the city’s employees. He has also served as outside labor counsel and chief negotiator for the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Housing Authority.

Howard provided labor and employment counsel on behalf of health care clients and served as chief labor negotiator for a multi-employer association of more than 100 nursing homes.

A member of the American Bar Association Labor Law Section, he was the program chairman of its Committee on Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act. He also served as a member of the Labor Relations Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, as well as the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Committee.

Howard is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Management Institute and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Howard is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a variety of labor and employment topics, including “Dealing With Unions With Confidence,” “Keys To Effective Enforcement and Administration of Union Contracts,” “Top 10 Ways To Be An Effective Manager of a Unionized Facility,” “10 Steps To Increasing Your Chances of Winning a Union Election,” “What’s A Prospective Purchaser To Do About A Seller’s Union Contract?” and “10 Steps to Winning at Arbitration.”

Howard is recognized as a leader in the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (recommended in “Labor & Employment”). He has also been named for inclusion within The Best Lawyers in America 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions (within Labor & Employment).

Howard was named among the “Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys” in the U.S. for 2006, 2007 and 2008 by the Labor Relations Institute, an honor representing the top one percent of labor attorneys in the country.

Since 2002, Howard has been 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.

Howard was admitted to the Texas bar in 1968 and the Illinois bar in 1973. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh and D.C. Circuits, the U.S. Supreme Court, and several U.S. District Courts.

In 1965, Howard graduated from the University of Texas with a B.B.A. He earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1968.

Bar Admissions
Texas, 1968
Illinois, 1973
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court
University of Texas (The) (B.B.A., 1965)
University of Texas School of Law (The) (J.D., 1968)




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