Zachary A. Pestine

Associate || Chicago

Zachary Pestine is an experienced litigator who has achieved excellent results for clients, including grants of summary judgment and motions to dismiss with prejudice. Zac’s extensive federal and state court experience includes taking plaintiff and expert depositions, defending key witnesses in depositions, successfully arguing motions to dismiss and responses to motions for class certification in oral argument, and using beneficial deposition testimony and dispositive motion results to achieve favorable settlements.

Zac’s employment litigation experience includes:

  • Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) class actions
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) class actions
  • Title VII
  • FLSA collective actions
  • Retaliatory discharge
  • Illinois Whistleblower Act
  • Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA)
  • Wrongful termination
  • Section 1983, including the First Amendment
  • Breach of contract (including covenants not to complete) and unjust enrichment suits

Zac also has extensive experience reviewing and drafting internal company documents for compliance with federal and state law.

Zac earned his J.D. cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where he served as an Executive Articles Editor for the school’s Jurisprudence Review. While in law school, he was also the Vice-President of the Labor and Employment Law Society. Zac earned his B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a proud Badger. Outside of the courtroom, Zac serves on the Anti-Defamation League’s Midwest Regional Board, where he is a Co-Chair of the Engagement Committee.

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Zac routinely counsels companies on employee issues and implementing policies in accordance with federal, state, and local employment statutes and laws, including the ADA, Title VII, BIPA, the Illinois Workplace Transparency Act, and the Illinois Freedom to Work Act.

Zac defends companies against employment-related claims before federal and state courts, including drafting and arguing dispositive motions in ADA, Title VII, and retaliatory discharge suits.

Class Actions:

Zac has extensive class action defense experience. Some examples include:


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • Chicago Bar Association, Decalogue Society


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