Vedder Price

Edward C. Jepson, Jr.

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Edward C. Jepson, Jr. has practiced labor and employment law since joining Vedder Price in 1980.

He is the author of several articles on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and has lectured on EEO and employment law issues and other labor matters. Mr. Jepson was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University.

Mr. Jepson has tried many labor and employment matters in federal court, before various administrative agencies and through arbitration. He has been lead counsel on class actions as well as individual employment cases. Mr. Jepson also has extensive experience in traditional labor matters including arbitration, collective bargaining and National Labor Relations Board cases.

Mr. Jepson was selected by his peers from 2006 to 2017 for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. He is also listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America. Mr. Jepson was selected for inclusion from 2005 to 2017 in Illinois Super Lawyers, and from 2004 to 2017 he has been ranked in Chambers USA in the Illinois Labor and Employment category. From 2009 to 2012 he was selected as one of the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers. He was also recognized in Who’s Who Legal and The Legal 500 United States guide as part of a report that ranked the firm among the top ten U.S. Labor and Employment firms. Mr. Jepson received an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating and a “Distinguished” Client Rating in Martindale -Hubbell. In 2012, Mr. Jepson was nominated by his clients as a BTI Consulting Client Service All-Star, in recognition of the “practical advice, business savvy and creative, effective solutions” he regularly provides to them. In addition, Mr. Jepson has been selected by his peers from 2013 to 2017 as a Leading Lawyer in Employment: Management and Labor: Management.

Mr. Jepson was elected in 2013 to the Riverside Brookfield High School District 208 Board of Education. Mr. Jepson is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.

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Experience

Mr. Jepson's Class Action experience includes:

  • Bauman v. Jacobs Suchard, Inc. (ADEA) 
  • Behr v. The Drake Hotel (ADEA)
  • EEOC v. Rymer Foods (Title VII)
  • EEOC v. Watlow Batavia (Title VII)
  • EEOC v. Staffing Network (Title VII)
  • Ramirez v. The NutraSweet Co. (FLSA)
  • Short v. FMC Corp. (Title VII and Section 1981)
  • Wagner v. The NutraSweet Co. (Title VII and Equal Pay Act)
  • Woodward et al. v. Tower Automotive Products Company, Inc. (Title VII and Section 1981) (class certification denied)
  • Ortegon v. Staffing Network (FLSA) 

Mr. Jepson's other employment litigation experience includes: 

  •  Artunduaga v. University of Chicago Medical Center, Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois, obtained defense verdict at two week jury trial on discrimination and retaliation claims in February 2017.
  • Sardiga v. The Northern Trust Company, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Law Division, Case No. 05 L 8856. Tried two week jury trial on whistleblower claims in February 2013. Resolved favorably on eve of closing arguments.
  • Lautenbacher v. Marriott, AAA Arbitration No. 52 160 00024 09. Wrongful termination and other claims, tried in September 2009. Award for Respondent.
  • Higbee v. Sentry Insurance, Case No. 97 C 1349 (N.D. Ill. 2004). Jury verdict for employer on sexual harassment and age discrimination claims.
  • Thompson and Wilson v. Sirva Mortgage, Inc., Arbitration No. 53 160 00495 03. Dismissal of race and retaliation claims after two-day hearing.
  • Porties v. General Electric, Case No. 02 C 3995 (N.D. Ill. 2004). Summary judgment for employer in race and retaliation claims.
  • Ray v. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Case No. 02 C 9040 (N.D. Ill. 2004). Summary judgment granted for defendant in an age discrimination claim.
  • Gomez v. Marriott, Case No. 02 C 9110 (2003). Summary judgment granted for employer in national origin discrimination termination case.
  • Seus v. John Nuveen & Co., Inc., 146 F.3d 175 (3d Cir. 1998), cert. denied, 119 S. Ct. 1028 (1999). Affirming district court's decision that arbitration agreement contained in Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration (Form U 4) was valid and enforceable with respect to claims under Title VII and the ADEA. Arbitration panel dismissed all claims after five-day hearing in 2002.
  • Byrd v. R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Human Rights Commission decision for the company immediately following a hearing in a race discrimination discharge case.
  • Baskerville v. Culligan International Co., 50 F.3d 428 (7th Cir. 1995). Held plaintiff's evidence of sexually suggestive comments failed to establish hostile work environment claims, reversing jury verdict.
  • Cross v. Roadway Express, Inc., 861 F. Supp. 698, aff'd, 51 F.3d 275 (7th Cir. 1995). Affirming summary judgment for employer in race discrimination claim.
  • Dinkins and Sanders v. Bunge Milling, Inc. et al., Case No. 06-2052, 2008 WL 2626841 (C.D. Ill. June 30, 2008), aff'd, 2009 WL 606101 (7th Cir. Mar. 5, 2009). Summary judgment for employer on race harassment and discrimination claims.
  • Frazier v. American Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc., Case No. 06C2141, 2007 WL 4553045 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 20, 2007). Summary judgment for employer on race discrimination and retaliation claims.
  • Schlosser v. Culligan International Co., 23 F.3d 410 (7th Cir. 1994). Affirming summary judgment for employer on age discrimination claim and held that decision maker's consultation with legal counsel before the plaintiff's discharge created no basis for an inference of impropriety.
  • Karbowiak v. The NutraSweet Company, Case No. 92C0115, 1993 WL 535209 (N.D. Ill. 1993). Jury verdict and judgment for employer after eight-day trial of sex discrimination claim under Title VII and Equal Pay Act. Plaintiff, a senior attorney with the company, claimed she was denied promotion, paid less than male counterparts, and terminated because of her sex.
  • Richo Moore v. The NutraSweet Company, 836 F. Supp. 1387 (N.D. Ill. 1993). Summary judgment in favor of employer against former in-house counsel alleging sex and race discriminatory termination.
  • Green v. Avon Products, Inc., Cook County Commission on Human Rights. Decision for employer on all counts after hearing as to disability discrimination claims.
  • Muenier v. Dominick's Finer Foods, Illinois Human Rights Commission. Age Discrimination claims dismissed in their entirety after hearing before administrative law judge.

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Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1980
  • Knox College, B.A., 1977, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

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Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1980

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Edward C. Jepson, Jr.

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Edward C. Jepson, Jr.

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