Tobias E. Schlueter

Office Managing Shareholder || Chicago

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

Over the years including most recently for the 2022 rankings, clients have reported to Chambers that Mr. Schlueter is:

“… 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.”

Tobias is the Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins’ Chicago office and chair of its Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Practice Group. He is also a member of Ogletree Deakins’ Client Services Steering Committee and a former member of the Firm’s Professional Development Steering Committee, which is responsible for creating and implementing the firm’s professional development programs and initiatives. Mr. Schlueter is a strategic advocate and litigator for businesses in employment (including discrimination, retaliation, wage & hour, ADA, FMLA etc.) and unfair competition matters (including restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality), trade secrets, duties of loyalty, tortious interference, and conspiracy, etc.). Mr. Schlueter has a proven track record in litigating high stakes matters involving temporary restraining orders and other injunctive relief. He also has significant experience trying FINRA arbitration matters.

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

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Trial Experience:

Mr. Schlueter tries cases on behalf of companies in both state and federal courts. In a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Schlueter and his team won a directed verdict and dismissal of the plaintiff’s gender discrimination claim at the close of plaintiff’s case-in-chief and then won a complete defense verdict on the plaintiff’s age discrimination claim.

Appellate Experience:

Mr. Schlueter has successfully briefed and argued matters before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Illinois Appellate Courts.  Some recent examples include:

Restrictive Covenants, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Trade Secrets and Related Claims:

In addition to ongoing counseling, drafting and reviewing agreements and matters involving restrictive covenants and confidential information for companies and executives, Mr. Schlueter has a proven track record in high stakes litigation, including temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in connection with restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements) and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets; retaliation; tortious interference; breach of fiduciary duty; and unfair competition. Some examples include:

Class Actions:

Mr. Schlueter has extensive class action defense experience, including with respect to removals under the Class Action Fairness Act. Some examples include:


On a daily basis Mr. Schlueter represents companies on employee issues, litigation avoidance and implementing policies that are in conformance with the various federal, state and local employment statutes and laws, including the FLSA, FMLA, ADA, Title VII, and IWPCA.

Mr. Schlueter routinely defends companies against employment-related charges and claims before administrative agencies and federal courts, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Illinois Department of Labor and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

FINRA Arbitration:

Mr. Schlueter represents companies before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).  Recent experience includes:

Commercial Litigation:

Mr. Schlueter has extensive experience in representing companies in complex commercial matters.


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • Federalist Society
  • Catholic Charities Junior Board (former)
  • Waterleaf Women’s Center (Board Member and Secretary) (2010-present)
  • Saints Peter & Paul School (School Board Member and President) (2013-2020)
  • Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church (Parish Council Member and past Vice President) (2013-2017)


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