Timothy A. Wolfe

Shareholder Chicago

Tim Wolfe represents employers in employment and labor law matters. Tim litigates and counsels numerous clients on issues related to compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. He also advises clients and litigates cases involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and comparable state laws. Tim has also works closely with clients to develop clear and effective policies and procedures that comply with employment laws including workforce reductions and post-employment restrictive covenants.

Tim has drafted numerous employee handbooks and other employment law policies. For example, Tim obtained defense verdicts on behalf of a number of clients, including an agricultural processing company accused of unlawful discrimination and retaliation in the Circuit Court for Macon County, Illinois; an industrial supply company accused of religious discrimination in U.S. District Court in Chicago; an insurance company accused of unlawful FMLA retaliation in U.S. District Court in New York; an insurer accused of age discrimination by a former employee in state court in Massachusetts; and, an agricultural products business accused of race and gender discrimination and retaliation in state court in Illinois.

Clients and other law firms have also hired Tim to conduct independent investigations regarding claims of discrimination or unlawful harassment in the workplace. In conjunction with these investigations, Tim has worked with clients and non-clients alike to help them ensure that they are in compliance with state and federal employment laws. Tim has also given speeches and seminars to corporate law departments, human resources organizations, client managers and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago on multiple employment law topics.

Tim has been recognized as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” and is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. He has over 25 years of experience in commercial and employment litigation and has worked with employers in numerous industries across the country.

Tim graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Illinois in 1985 with degrees in political science and speech communication. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1988.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - ''The Laws Have Not Necessarily Changed, But Perhaps Society Has: What to Do Post #MeToo'' - Chicago and Oak Brook - May 2018
  • Association of Corporate Counsel-Chicago - ''Making the Tough Call: Real World Ethical Dilemmas for In-House Counsel'' - Chicago and Oakbrook - August 29 - August 30, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Leaves, Leaves, and More Leaves! Successfully Managing the Most Difficult Situations'' - San Diego - May 03, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Hiring Hurdles and Headaches: A Practical Guide to Audit Your Company’s Compliance with Federal Hiring Requirements'' - Skokie and Oakbrook - May 2017
  • Illinois State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program - ''Jury Selection Techniques and the Use of Jury Focus Groups'' - Chicago - March 24, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Navigating the Land of Lincoln'' - Chicago - May 05, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - ''What to Expect When You Are Expecting: Protections for Pregnant Workers'' - Chicago and Oakbrook - October 2015