Vedder Price

Bruce R. Alper

Shareholder

Chair, EEO/Employment Law Group

Bruce R. Alper is a Shareholder at Vedder Price, where he has practiced management-side labor and employment law for over 30 years.

An accomplished litigator, Mr. Alper has represented employers in employment disputes of all types in judicial, administrative and arbitral forums. He has years of experience advising employers on matters involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, workforce reductions, labor relations, family/medical leaves and other employment regulatory matters. Mr. Alper represents a wide range of private-sector employers, including hospitals, financial institutions, manufacturers and universities, where he partners with management, corporate counsel and human resources professionals to develop strategic, cost-effective approaches to employee relations problems and risk management.

Mr. Alper also maintains an active practice assisting colleges and universities with their "people" issues. His decades of experience provide him with the judgment, experience and multi-disciplinary resources to help those clients navigate the complex relationships among faculty, students, administration, staff and board. Taking a holistic approach that goes beyond the pure legal issues, Mr. Alper assists universities in dealing with sensitive, highly charged issues such as faculty productivity, tenure and discipline, student misconduct, academic freedom, violence prevention and crisis management.

Mr. Alper is a frequent speaker and trainer on employment law issues. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He chaired the firm's Labor group and served on its Board of Directors for seven years.

Mr. Alper is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and he was recognized by the Legal 500 United States guide in a report ranking the firm among the top 10 labor and employment firms in the United States. The Legal 500 United States also recommends Mr. Alper in the Labor and Employment—Workplace and Employment Counseling category. Mr. Alper was selected for inclusion from 2006 to 2017 in Illinois Super Lawyers and received an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell. He was also selected by his peers from 2003 to 2017 as a Leading Lawyer in Employment Law: Management, and as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law. From 2011 to 2017, Mr. Alper was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Employment Law—Management; Labor Law—Management; and Litigation—Labor & Employment.

Bruce R. Alper

Shareholder

Chair, EEO/Employment Law Group

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1978, magna cum laude
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1975, cum laude

Bruce R. Alper

Shareholder

Chair, EEO/Employment Law Group

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1978

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1985

Affiliations

  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Founding Member of the Employment Law Alliance– a global practice network of employment and labor law firms
  • Member, American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Bruce R. Alper

Shareholder

Chair, EEO/Employment Law Group

Bruce R. Alper

Shareholder

Chair, EEO/Employment Law Group

Bruce R. Alper

Shareholder

Chair, EEO/Employment Law Group

Blogs

Mr. Alper contributes to our Media & Privacy Risk Report blog. To view it, please click here.