Neil H. Dishman is a Partner in the Chicago office of Jackson Lewis P.C., a national law firm representing management exclusively in workplace law and related litigation. Mr. Dishman helps employers reduce risk and minimize legal costs by giving advice on difficult personnel decisions before litigation ensues. When litigation is unavoidable, he helps employers protect their assets and reputations by vigorously and efficiently defending them from employee lawsuits. Mr. Dishman counsels and defends employers on a wide spectrum of issues, including race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability and sexual-orientation discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliatory discharge; Family and Medical Leave; and wage-hour compliance. He assists employers in a wide variety of industries, with particular experience in the property management, non-profit, manufacturing, and health-care fields.
Mr. Dishman has garnered the accolades of his peers for his work in advising and defending employers. He was named to the 2013 and 2014 Best Lawyers in America lists, and he has been named to the annual list of “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers magazine, a distinction accorded to no more than 2.5% of Illinois lawyers, in every year from 2009 to the present. He also won second place in the Lincoln Award Contest, a legal-writing contest sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Illinois State Bar Association. His winning entry, Deadline Extensions in Federal Court: The Procrastinator’s Guide, was published in the Illinois Bar Journal.
In addition to his published works, Mr. Dishman is committed to educating the human-resources community on key issues in employment law. To that end, he is a frequent speaker on employment-law topics, having given over twenty seminars to various business groups in just the last two years. Mr. Dishman has also served as a guest lecturer at Wheaton College and Oakton Community College, and he was interviewed on WDCB Public Radio (90.9 FM) about trends in wage-hour litigation.
Mr. Dishman earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Hanover College, and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger B. Cosbey, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
Mr. Dishman is a member of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, where he is active in the Employment Law Committee. He resides with his wife and two daughters in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he is an active member of the community, including his recent service on the boards of directors of both the Human Resources Association of Greater Oak Brook, as Legislative Director, and the Glen Ellyn Economic Development Corporation, as President. Outside of the law and his family, his passions are playing basketball and taking backpacking trips through our national forests.