About Janet R. Widmaier

Janet Widmaier counsels employers on a variety of matters arising under federal, state and local employment laws, and litigates employment-related claims both in courts and administrative agencies.

Focusing on minimizing risks and creating strategies to solve complex situations

Jan's employment law practice serves clients of all types and sizes on all manner of employment-related litigation and counseling. She deals with situations ranging from discrimination to restrictive covenants to WARN Act implications to compliance with the ever-changing landscape of national, state and local employment laws and ordinances, and more recently provides counsel with regard to best practices for employers facing challenges in the COVID-19 era.

Jan's clients are eager for preventative strategies to avoid disputes and help with litigation when it occurs. The appropriate approach for a small, local employer may vary greatly from that appropriate for a large, international entity. Jan helps clients identify more efficient and less risky alternatives to litigation to resolve or minimize issues of concern for clients. Her focus is always on developing strategies for matters that align with clients' short- and long-term objectives and priorities.

Earlier in her career, Jan spent a number of years as a litigator at a large law firm in Chicago, where her practice focused on labor and employment matters. Prior to that, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Pettine of the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

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Practice Focus

  • Employment law litigation and counseling