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Colleen G. DeRosa

Shareholder Chicago

Colleen DeRosa is a strategic advocate, litigator, and negotiator focusing in labor and employment law. She leads the defense of employment litigation, including wrongful discharge, retaliation, whistleblower, unfair competition, unpaid wages, and discrimination and harassment claims. She also defends employers in class and collective matters seeking unpaid wages or overtime pay for classes of employees.

Colleen is a responsive problem-solver and helps companies, large and small, to manage employee relations and to avoid or efficiently resolve disputes. She provides training and advice on best practices for various personnel policies, guides clients through employee leaves of absence and performance management issues, and prepares and enforces employment agreements with non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure provisions.

Colleen also practices traditional labor law including first chairing labor arbitrations and responding to NLRB charges.

Since 2013, Super Lawyers has named Colleen as an Illinois Rising Star, a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of Illinois attorneys under the age of 40.


  • Colleen has extensive experience litigating claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, and the FLSA and their state law counterparts. 
  • She manages all phases of litigation including fact investigations, managing discovery strategy and e-discovery issues, conducting and defending depositions, and drafting dispositive motions, motions in limine, and jury instructions.  She has contributed to numerous successful dispositive motions that obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims. 
  • Colleen represents clients in agency investigations and fact-finding conferences, and frequently negotiates favorable, confidential out-of-court resolutions.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • Executive Committee of the Associates Board for Legal Prep Charter Academy (2010 to 2015)


  • National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors Roundtable - ''What You Need to Know about Drug Testing'' - Washington, D.C. - November 06, 2018
  • Association of Corporation Counsel CLE - ''What In-house Lawyers Should Know in the Age of Opioid Epidemics and Legalized Marijuana'' - Chicago - August 28 - August 29, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins CLE - ''Who's Afraid of Compensation Data?'' - Chicago - October 24, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins CLE - ''Navigating LGBT Laws in the Workplace'' - Chicago - December 2016
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce Webinar - ''LGBT Issues in Today’s Workplace'' - June 2016
  • 19th Annual Employment Law Institute for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - ''LGBT Issues in Today’s Workplace'' - Chicago - May 06, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins CLE - ''Background Checks: A Legal Quagmire'' - Chicago - July 2015


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