Vedder Price

Thomas M. Wilde

Shareholder

Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

Thomas M. Wilde currently serves as Chair of the Labor and Employment practice area and is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

He represents employers in all types of labor and employment litigation including defending wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims.

Mr. Wilde provides practical, cost-effective guidance to clients in dealing with employee relations issues including workforce reductions; discipline and discharge; harassment and workplace investigations; disability accommodation; FMLA compliance and employee leaves of absence; wage and hour compliance; and policy development and administration. Mr. Wilde also has extensive experience with labor relations matters including arbitrations and collective bargaining.

Mr. Wilde has significant experience representing employers in wage and hour class and collective actions, Department of Labor audits and investigations. Mr. Wilde also conducts wage and hour compliance audits to help clients reduce the risk of wage and hour claims.

Mr. Wilde has been named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business and was selected for inclusion from 2009 to 2017 in Illinois Super Lawyers. The Legal 500 United States guide recommends Mr. Wilde in the Labor and Employment—Labor and Employment Litigation; Labor and Employment—Labor-Management Relations categories. In addition, he received a "BV Distinguished" Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Wilde has been selected by his peers from 2013 to 2017 as a Leading Lawyer in Employment: Management and Labor: Management. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Section and the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee of the American Bar Association. He regularly speaks to industry and association groups on a variety of labor and employment topics.

Thomas M. Wilde

Shareholder

Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

Experience

  • Won a jury trial in federal court in Miami, Florida on behalf of a global corporation where a former employee claimed age discrimination
  • Achieved dismissal of a lawsuit in state court in Tampa, Florida on behalf of a global technology company where a former employee claimed race discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Obtained early dismissal of a class action wage and hour lawsuit in Phoenix, Arizona on behalf of a global logistics company
  • Won a labor arbitration in Chicago, Illinois on behalf of a national manufacturing company where the Teamsters Union challenged work assignment practices
  • Won summary judgment in federal court in Toledo, Ohio on behalf of a national printing company where a former employee claimed age and disability discrimination
  • Won summary judgment in federal court in Nashville, Tennessee on behalf of a global manufacturing company where a former employee claimed race discrimination
  • Obtained early dismissal of a class action wage and hour lawsuit in Birmingham, Alabama on behalf of a global logistics company
  • Won summary judgment in federal court in Detroit, Michigan on behalf of a global manufacturing company where a former employee claimed race discrimination
  • Won summary judgment in federal court in Indianapolis, Indiana on behalf of a global manufacturing company where 27 former employees sued for race and age discrimination
  • Won a labor arbitration in Los Angeles, California on behalf of a national manufacturing company where the Teamsters Union challenged premium pay practices
  • Won labor arbitrations in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin on behalf of multiple clients in various contract interpretation and discipline/discharge disputes
  • Defeated class certification in a wage and hour lawsuit in Portland, Oregon on behalf of a national construction company
  • Defeated class certification in two consolidated wage and hour lawsuits in Chicago, Illinois on behalf of a health care organization

Thomas M. Wilde

Shareholder

Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1993, with honors
  • Northern Illinois University, B.A., 1990, cum laude

Thomas M. Wilde

Shareholder

Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1993
  • Massachusetts, 1996

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2017

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section & Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee)
  • Member, Human Resources Management Association, Chicago

Thomas M. Wilde

Shareholder

Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors

Thomas M. Wilde

Shareholder

Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Area
Member, Board of Directors