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

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