J. Kevin Hennessy is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and is the immediate past Chair of the Labor and Employment practice area at Vedder Price. Mr. Hennessy has represented employers for over 25 years, spanning all aspects of labor and employment law. He focuses his practice on employment litigation, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations and providing positive employee relations advice in response to union petitions to organize. Mr. Hennessy provides practical solutions to employment-relations issues in alignment with management’s immediate as well as long-range goals.
Mr. Hennessy has litigated successfully on behalf of companies from single-plaintiff cases to enterprise-wide class actions involving thousands of employees. He has secured landmark decisions in the Courts of Appeals on issues of sexual harassment, NLRB bargaining orders, wrongful discharge and enforcement of employment arbitration agreements.
Mr. Hennessy is ranked in the "Top 100" Labor Attorneys in the United States by the Labor Relations Institute Inc. and has been recognized by his peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer. Mr. Hennessy was selected for inclusion from 2007 to 2016 in Illinois Super Lawyers. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Employment Law – Management from 2015 to 2016. In addition, he received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Rating and was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment by Martindale-Hubbell. The Legal 500 United States recommended Mr. Hennessy in Labor and Employment – Relations and Labor and Employment – Workplace and Employment Counseling in 2014 and 2015, as well as Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Litigation in 2014. The Legal 500 United States stated that Mr. Hennessy, “…has provided excellent advice and results. He is very detailed yet he is able to focus in on the critical elements of each situation, devising efficient and practical solutions.” The Legal 500 United States also noted that, “Kevin Hennessy’s team at Vedder Price is well versed in litigation, but also regularly acts with a view to minimizing litigation risk." Mr. Hennessy was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a professional association honoring leading labor and employment lawyers across the country.