Richard L. Marcus

Of Counsel || Chicago

Throughout his professional career, Dick Marcus has been involved exclusively in the representation of employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.  He has participated in countless negotiations with unions both as chief negotiator and as advisor to management in a wide variety of industries and endeavors, including light and heavy manufacturing, food processing, printing, broadcasting, newspapers, broadband cable, construction, research and education, hospitality, entertainment and gaming, representing large and small public and privately owned companies, employer associations, commercial office building owners, managers and contractors, hospitals, universities, hotels, casinos, restaurants and cultural organizations.  Dick has also provided advice and counsel to many companies with respect to the multiple labor and employment issues involved in the relocation, shutdown, and acquisition and sale of entities and facilities, including transfer of ownership in bankruptcy proceedings and withdrawal liability issues pertaining to underfunded multi-employer pension plans.

He has tried many unfair labor practice cases on behalf of employers before the National Labor Relations Board, and has briefed and argued appeals of NLRB decisions in multiple United States Courts of Appeal.  Dick has tried numerous arbitration and court cases involving alleged breaches of agreements between employers and unions and has represented employers in court cases challenging arbitrability and seeking to set aside arbitration awards.

For many years, Dick has been a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor Law Section, has helped prepare the Section’s publications dealing with development of the law under the National Labor Relations Act, and is a member of its NLRB Practice and Procedure before the National Labor Relations Board Committee. 

Dick’s name has appeared in every published issue of Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal and Super Lawyers.  An elected fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Dick has been recognized for work in his field in ceremonies jointly hosted by the National Labor Relations Board and Loyola University of Chicago.  He is the recipient of an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service given by the judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Bar Association.

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Significant Cases:

  • Carpetland U.S.A., Inc. v. Illinois Department of Employment Security, 201 Ill. 2d 351 (2002)
  • 6 West Limited Corporation and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, 237  F3d 767 (7th Cir. 2001)
  • Moriarty, Trustee v. Smits Funeral Home, Ltd. 1997 WL 225009 (ND Ill.)
  • Judsen Rubber Works, Inc. v. Manufacturing, Production & Service Workers Union Local No. 24, 889 F. Supp. 1057 (ND Ill. 1995)
  • Graphic Communications Union, Chicago Paper Handlers’ and Electrotypers’ Local No. 2 v. Chicago Tribune Company, 794 F2d 1222 (7th Cir. 1986)
  • The University of Chicago v. National Labor Relations Board, 514 F2d 942 (7th Cir. 1975)


  • J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 1962
  • A.B., University of Chicago, 1960
  • Brown University, 1958

Admittance to Practice

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First, Second, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • Super Lawyers
  • Recipient, Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service
  • Member, Editorial Board, The University of Chicago Law Review
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell