Joseph J. Stevens

Joseph J. Stevens


(312) 565-8324

Joseph Stevens counsels employers on a wide variety of labor-related issues. He has earned a well-deserved reputation as an effective representative when negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and is particularly experienced at advising businesses with unionized employees about their rights and obligations under such agreements as well as under labor statutes. 

  • Areas of Practice -
  • Joe provides a variety of legal services to our clients including: 

    • Grievances and arbitrations involving discharged employees or workers who have filed discrimination complaints with management or the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission
    • Interest arbitration in both the public and private sectors
    • Negotiation of contracts and collective bargaining agreements on behalf of management at companies ranging from 12,000 to 50 employees
    • Writing and analyzing complex collective bargaining agreements and achieving precision in structuring and implementing these specialized contracts
    • Investigation of charges of unfair labor practices filed by unions with the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois State and Local Labor Relations Board
    • Representation of employers before National Labor Relations Board on representation petitions, elections, decertifications, and unfair labor practice charges
  • Achievements+
  • Joe has personally negotiated more than 100 collective bargaining agreements with various unions during the course of his career. He is proud to have:

    • Won a major interest arbitration in 1994 for all Chicago-area racetracks that saved the clients millions of dollars and secured them a six-year collective bargaining agreement with various unions;
    • Saved the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) significant funds over three years following interest arbitrations in 1983 and 1985, the resulting economics extending years beyond the terms of the final agreement;
    • Built a niche market in the Chicagoland area handling interest arbitration in both the public and private sectors.
  • Education +

    J.D., DePaul School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1964.

    B.A., DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 1961.

  • Bar & Court Admissions +

    Illinois, 1964

  • Experience +

    Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
    Chicago, Illinois

    1993 to Present

    Board of Directors
    1993 to 2011

    Wilson & McIlvaine*
    Chicago, Illinois

    1982 to 1993

    *And predecessor.

    Tully & Roddy
    Chicago, Illinois

    1977 to 1982

    Chicago Transit Authority

    Manager of Labor Relations
    1969 to 1977

    Office of the Attorney General
    State of Illinois

    Assistant Attorney General
    1964 to 1969

  • Peer Recognition +

    Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2005 and 2006.

    Martindale-Hubbell, "peer review rated for ethical standards and legal ability," since 2005.

  • Civic Affiliations +

    Maryville Academy, Des Plaines, Illinois