Thomas G. Draths

Thomas G. Draths


(312) 565-8336

Thomas Draths’ concentration is in litigation and counseling, specializing in labor and employment law. In addition to concentrating in labor and employment law as a litigator, trial attorney and counselor, Tom has acquired significant experience in the fields of securities and commodities, business and real estate, construction, probate and trust. He is conversant in estate matters, estate planning and contested estates, and has also handled corporate transactions and litigation involving real estate.

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

    • Representation of employers in grievance arbitrations
    • Preventive counsel on workplace issues, including hiring and firing practices, restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, contract negotiations, harassment and discrimination
    • Drafting of necessary agreements involving employers, management and labor
    • Establishment of policies that protect company’s interests
    • Representation in personnel matters and employment-related litigation
    • Counsel and representation for closely held businesses, public and private employers, and high-level individuals seeking non-compete agreements, equitable employment contracts or severance packages
    • Counsel and negotiation on behalf of management following acquisition or other changes in a client’s structure or circumstances
    • Representation of employers before National Labor Relations Board on representation petitions, elections, decertifications, and unfair labor practice charges
    • Drafting of plans and procedures responsive to Federal Contract Compliance Programs directives, and representation of clients during field audits by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • Achievements+
  • Tom has argued important cases before the Illinois Appellate, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Illinois, experience which distinguishes Tom from many other practitioners. He has enjoyed success in an overwhelming majority of the labor arbitrations he has tried, and has successfully handled litigation for the McCormick Trust and the MacArthur Foundation. 

    Noteworthy cases for Tom include:

    • Klein v. LaSalle – an affirmation by the Illinois Supreme Court in a case involving the procedural issue of service of process on a land trust. 
    • Village of Gurnee v. Rager, a successful defense against a discharged police officer before the Village of Gurnee Civil Service Commission, at administrative review in the Circuit Court of Lake County, and before the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District. 
    • FOP and Rager v. Village of Gurnee—a successful defense of his client in an extension of the above case that was tried before the Illinois and Labor Relations Board, where the plaintiffs failed to prove that termination of employment by the Village of Gurnee had been motivated by anti-union animus.  
  • Education +

    J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1980.

    A.B., Government, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1975.

  • Bar & Court Admissions +

    Illinois Supreme Court, 1980

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; General Bar, 1980; Trial Bar, 1983

    United States Claims Court, 1985

    United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1995

    United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1998

    United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2007

  • Experience +

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

    2001 to Present

    Board of Directors
    2008 to 2011

    1997 to 2001

    Wilson & McIlvaine*
    Chicago, Illinois

    1989 to 1997

    1986 to 1989

    *And predecessor.

    Law Offices of Joseph V. Roddy**
    Chicago, Illinois

    1980 to 1986

    **And predecessors.

  • Peer Recognition +

    Illinois Super Lawyers, Law & Politics, since 2005.

    Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2006.

    Martindale-Hubbell, "peer review rated for ethical standards and legal ability," since 2001.

  • Professional Memberships +

    Dartmouth Lawyers Association

  • Civic Affiliations +

    St. Juliana School Endowment Fund, director, 1990 to present.

    St. Juliana Athletic Association, director, 1994 to present.