Peggy J. Osterman
Smart, dedicated and thorough, Peggy Joyce Osterman concentrates in labor and employment law and is experienced in serving businesses, municipalities and mass transit systems. Colleagues are likely to cite research and problem solving as her greatest strengths. She says the enjoyment she derives from challenge and complexity attracted her to law, and the opportunity to work on a team with other attorneys drew her to Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, where she found the professionalism of a large firm amidst the collegiality of a more intimate organization.
Before joining Schuyler, Roche & Crisham as an associate, Peggy worked for a law firm serving Illinois municipalities and concentrating in public finance. This experience gave her a sound understanding of Illinois law, she believes, "particularly law relevant to units of local government."
Prior to enrolling in law school, Peggy served as a legislative aide for the Committee on Energy, Environment and Public Utilities, chaired by Alderman Virginia Rugai, of the Chicago City Council. In her service to this committee and to the city, Peggy would staff the committee's hearings, track legislation wending through numerous City Council committees and work with various public departments on matters relevant to energy consumption and conservation.
Working for the City Council honed her ability to remain flexible under pressure and respond quickly and accurately to the vicissitudes imposed by public service. Peggy graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown, among the top law schools in the nation.
Thinking outside the box is the source of Peggy's ingenuity in problem solving, client management and community service. "An attorney at Schuyler, Roche & Crisham once told me," she says, "that in conducting legal research you need to learn how to weave the cases together to ascertain how the law applies to each individual situation. I enjoy the academic pursuit in that process—the challenge of crafting an argument and the creativity that arises from each endeavor."
A mother of two small boys, Peggy speaks from experience when she says, "Problem solving requires patience, diligence and creativity. Arriving at the best solution often requires more than one approach to the same problem, but achieving that solution is well worth the extra effort."
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Peggy concentrates in labor and employment law, thoroughly enjoying all facets of this discipline, particularly the interpersonal contact involved and the need to negotiate. She also enjoys the challenge of continually educating herself on this dynamic area of law and the clients she serves.