Ross I. Molho

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Mr. Molho concentrates his practice on business counseling and employment law.  Mindful of the cost of legal services, Mr. Molho works efficiently to solve his clients' problems.  Most cases he settles favorably. Others are tried to verdict effectively and creatively.

Experience

Recent Victories

In 2014, Mr. Molho defended and won a bench trial on behalf of a national corporation involving an invasion of privacy claim.  He also obtained full compliance of a lucrative severance agreement for a senior executive after threatening suit.

Mr. Molho achieved several excellent results in 2013. He settled a negligence/breach of warranty action on behalf of an affluent homeowner for more than his client's initial settlement demand. Another case he resolved successfully involved a highly-compensated executive who was awarded a healthy six-figure severance package after Mr. Molho threatened claims under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act and ERISA.

In 2012, Mr. Molho resolved multiple alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act brought by the United States Department of Labor on a class-wide basis for less than 15% of the damages originally sought.

Trial Experience

Mr. Molho serves as lead counsel through all facets of trial and appeal.

He won a 5 day jury trial defending an employer in Joliet, IL against whistleblower and retaliation claims. Jurors polled pointed to Mr. Molho’s demeanor and presentation as a key to the victory.

He won a 3 day bench trial in Cook County Circuit Court defending an employer against claims of retaliation and breach of employment contract.

Mr. Molho won a six-figure commercial judgment in a New Jersey arbitration proceeding against a large New York law firm. Claims included breach of contract and breach of warranty. He defeated a six-figure commercial claim in a North Carolina arbitration proceeding against a Charlotte law firm litigating on its home turf.

He won appeals in the Illinois Circuit Courts for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Districts.  He won summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois which was affirmed on appeal in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

On the labor front, Mr. Molho won many labor arbitration cases in a lead chair capacity.

Counseling/Drafting
Mr. Molho routinely counsels private employers and their chief executives on ADA, FMLA, Title VII, ADEA, OSHA, NLRA and union avoidance issues.  He is conversant with all human resource policies including: employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, handbooks, and more.

Recently, Mr. Molho rendered second opinions on cases in Indianapolis and Chicago at the request of insurance carriers who value his 20 years of employment law experience.

Managerial Experience/Litigation Oversight
From 1995-2000, Mr. Molho managed outside counsel all over the United States with respect to various employment law matters, including class actions, as an attorney for various EPLI insurance carriers.

Professional Service
Adjunct Instructor of Conflict Resolution for North Central College, Winter 2011-2013.

Arbitrator for Cook County Circuit Court and the DuPage County Circuit Court 2004 through the present.

Chair of the DuPage Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee / 2010-2011.

Chair of the DuPage Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee / 2005-06.

Publication & Seminars

Publications
"Illinois amends 'Facebook' law" The Business Ledger; February 17, 2014.

IICLE Chancery and Special Remedies 2009 Practice Handbook; Chapter 9, “Guardians and Receivers” and Supplement, 2011.

Prevailing Wage Law, Lorman Education Services, Itasca IL, April 2010, January 15, 2008 and April 13, 2011 (One of Three Authors).

“Three Trends in HR Law Mean Big Changes to Come” The Business Ledger; September 21, 2009.

Advanced Employee Discharge and Documentation in Illinois, Lorman Education Services, Rockford IL, May 11, 2006, (One of Four Authors).

Common Misconceptions In Human Resources in Illinois, Lorman Education Services, Arlington Heights IL, March 30, 2006, (One of Five Authors).

Speaking Engagements

ACMHAI Annual Legislative Conference in Springfield, Illinois, April 2013 -- "Freedom of Information Act and the Illinois Open Meetings Act."

Human Resource Institute at Aurora University, August 31, 2011 – "What You Need to Know to be in Legal Compliance."

The Business Ledger Newsmakers’ Forum on HR, Insurance & Benefits in Elk Grove Village, IL, August 2011.

NCI Works! Employer Conference, Business Advantage... Community Resources and Informational Partnerships that Work! August 11, 2010 – “Health Care Reform”.

11th Annual Illinois Human Resources Conference and Exposition (IL SHRM) August 2, 2010 – “Healthcare Reform and its Impact on Human Resources Professionals in Illinois”.

DuPage Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) November 19, 2009 – “Healthcare Reform and its Impact on Human Resources Professionals in Illinois”.

The Business Ledger Newsmakers’ Forum on HR, Insurance & Benefits at McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook, IL, September 2009.

DuPage Bar Association Basic Skills Course – December 2007 and 2008 — “Employment Law for New Practitioners”

Personal

What do you enjoy most about your practice?

Clients come to me with difficult problems that threaten their livelihood. I enjoy helping clients solve their problems cost effectively.

What distinguishes you from other attorneys?

I am an aggressive steward of my client’s resources. I treat my clients as I would like my family members treated.  When clients call me I pick up my phone and when they e-mail me they receive a prompt response.

What are your favorite pastimes when you are not practicing law?

Spending time with my family is my favorite pastime.  I enjoy backpacking. Some of my favorite spots are Isle Royale National Park, the Hoover Wilderness Area, and the Superior Hiking Trail.

Practice Areas

Labor & Employment
Business Counseling
Litigation

Education

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1993
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1990
Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota

Admission to Practice

Illinois State Bar

Ohio State Bar

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth and Seventh Circuits

United States District Courts, Northern District of Illinois including its Trial Bar.

United States District Courts, Northern and Southern District of Ohio

Honors & Awards

Case Western Reserve Law Review: Associate 1991-92 Volume 42

Case Western Reserve Law School Dean’s Scholar (3 year full tuition scholarship)

Memberships

Member of the Illinois State Bar Association

Member of the DuPage County Bar Association

Pro Bono

Outside General Counsel to Progress Center for Independent Living

PADS Volunteer