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Tobias E. Schlueter

Office Managing Shareholder   |   Chicago

Chambers USA Client Guide states that Tobias “comes highly recommended for his expertise in wage and hour, discrimination and restrictive covenant disputes.”

Over the years, including most recently for the 2024 rankings, clients have reported to Chambers that Tobias is:

“Tobias is an excellent relationship partner, closely attuned to our philosophy of management and our goals.”
“Tobias is incredibly knowledgeable and responsive. He knows our business and understands how we like to run our cases, and is always on hand to assist if issues arise.”
“… a fantastic attorney – incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, strategic, and a true partner to our business”

“…knowledgeable and understands our company and pressure points.”
“… a really smart and great lawyer.”
“… always responsive, timely and understands our business.”
“…very responsive and understanding of our business. He is very practical and gives expert advice.”
“… is great, a smart and very sharp guy”

Tobias is the Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Chicago office. He is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and its Compensation Committee. Tobias is also a founding member of the firm’s Unfair Competition and Trade Secret practice group, where he most recently served as group Chair and Co-Chair. Tobias continues to sit on the group steering committee. He has served on numerous other committees within the firm, including the Managing Shareholder Selection Committee, Client Services Steering Committee, and the Professional Development Steering Committee.

Tobias has the privilege of serving as the relationship lawyer for a number of the firm’s clients who partner with Ogletree for their needs throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and beyond. Tobias has a national practice as a strategic advocate and litigator for businesses in unfair competition matters (including restrictive covenants (noncompete, nonsolicit and confidentiality), trade secrets, duties of loyalty, tortious interference, and conspiracy, etc.). and employment (including discrimination, retaliation, wage & hour, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), etc.). Tobias has a proven track record in litigating high stakes matters involving temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief.

Tobias is rated by Chambers USA as a Top Ranked / Leading Lawyer in Labor & Employment (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024). Only 55 lawyers in Illinois have this distinction. Tobias is also recognized as a Best Lawyer in America (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024) for Employment Law – Management. In 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024, Super Lawyers recognized him as an Illinois “Super Lawyer.” Super Lawyers previously named Tobias as an Illinois Rising Star for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Law360 featured one of Tobias’ victories when Ogletree Deakins received the “Employment Group of the Year” distinction in 2019.

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