Attorney at Law, Partner, DLA Piper, Chicago, IL
Marilyn A. Pearson is a partner with DLA Piper in Chicago, IL. She has an extensive practice in the area of labor law under both the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act. Marilyn advises and represents clients on a broad range of traditional labor matters, including in response to union organizing efforts, collective bargaining and all aspects of strategic planning, public relations and employee communications, strike preparedness and employee job actions. She also has extensive experience in advising clients on labor contract administration and representing clients in arbitration and mediation. Marilyn has served as the lead negotiator for collective bargaining, including negotiations for consensual modifications to labor agreements and retiree medical benefits pursuant to Sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Marilyn has substantial transactional experience, advising clients on labor issues, performing due diligence, and drafting terms and agreements. She regularly conducts management training on negotiations, all aspects of contract administration and labor management relationships. Marilyn also advises clients on a broad range of employment issues, among them federal and state employment discrimination, drug and alcohol testing, federal and state WARN Act, FMLA, USERRA and ADA compliance. She has successfully defended employers facing whistleblower charges in the safety-sensitive aviation industry. Marilyn advises clients on employment contracts and separation agreements. She is skillful in advising clients and conducting investigations of employee misconduct.