Partner, Chicago Office and Rockford Office

ph: 312.332.7760
ph: 815.390.7090
fax:312.332.7768
pgerner@robbins-schwartz.com

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Philip H. Gerner III

Phil Gerner counsels and represents school districts and community colleges in collective bargaining negotiations, union representation petitions and IELRB proceedings, teacher evaluations, remediations and dismissals, employee discipline and discharge issues, labor contract administration and grievance arbitration and other labor and employment issues.  Phil has represented school districts and community colleges in numerous labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice hearings, tenured teacher dismissals and IDHR and EEOC proceedings.  Phil has successfully handled a number of appellate court appeals on issues of significance for educational employers, including short-term employee bargaining unit exclusion standards, teacher evaluation plan bargaining obligations and RIF/seniority rights of tenured teachers.

Phil is a frequent presenter for IASB, IASA, Illinois ASBO, ICCTA and other educational employer associations on a full range of labor and employment issues, including collective bargaining negotiations, teacher evaluation and remediation, school administrator employment contracts, employee discipline and discharge, and public employee speech and concerted activity issues.

Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Employment and School Law, 2004-2012

Recent Publications

  • "Hot Topics in Collective Bargaining," IASB.COM, IASB (2014)
  • Contributing author, “Labor Relations: Contract Administration Including ULPs,” Illinois School Law, IICLE (2005, 2010 and 2012)
  • "Collective Bargaining Implications of the Performance Evaluation Reform Act of 2010 (SB 315) and the Education Reform Act (SB 7)," UPDATE Magazine, Illinois ASBO (2011)

Recent Presentations

  • After Janus: Implication for Labor and Management, Chicago-Kent College of Law (November 2018)
  • Collective Bargaining for School Board Members and Administrators, IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO Joint Annual Conference (November 2018)
  • Employee Misconduct Investigations and Discipline: Best Practices to Minimize Employer Liability, In-Service (November 2018)
  • Public Pension Changes, the Impact of Janus, President Employment Contracts, and RIF, ICCTA (September 2018)
  • Public Pension Changes, the Impact of Janus, and RIF, ICCCP (September 2018)
  • How to Successfully Evaluate and Remediate Tenured Teachers to Effectively Defend Legal Challenges to the Remediation Plan/Process, IASPA (January 2018)
  • At the Table: Bargaining Trends, Key Contract Issues, and Management Strategies, ICSA (November 2017)
  • How to Avoid and Respond to Grievances, In-Service (January 2017)
  • Collective Bargaining: Strategies to Deal with Teacher Evaluation, RIF/Recall, Salary, and Contract Reopeners, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, 29th Annual Seminar on School Law (November 2015)
  • Collective Bargaining Negotiations: Full-time Faculty and Adjunct Faculty Contract Language Issues, Illinois Council of Community College Presidents’ 2015 Retreat (October 2015)
  • Adjunct Faculty Union Issues, Administrators’ In-Service (August 2015)
  • Faculty Evaluation & Discipline, Administrators’ In-Service (July 2015)
  • IASB/PERA Training, IASB (June 2015)

Philip H. Gerner III

Education

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1980
  • B.A., cum laude, St. Lawrence University, 1977

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Partner, Chicago Office

ph: 312.332.7760
fax:312.332.7768
pgerner@robbins-schwartz.com

LinkedIn

Philip H. Gerner III

Philip H. Gerner III

Partner, Chicago Office
ph: 312.332.7760
fax:312.332.7768
pgerner@robbins-schwartz.com

Phil Gerner counsels and represents school districts and community colleges in collective bargaining negotiations, union representation petitions and IELRB proceedings, teacher evaluations, remediations and dismissals, employee discipline and discharge issues, labor contract administration and grievance arbitration and other labor and employment issues.  Phil has represented school districts and community colleges in numerous labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice hearings, tenured teacher dismissals and IDHR and EEOC proceedings.  Phil has successfully handled a number of appellate court appeals on issues of significance for educational employers, including short-term employee bargaining unit exclusion standards, teacher evaluation plan bargaining obligations and RIF/seniority rights of tenured teachers.

Phil is a frequent presenter for IASB, IASA, Illinois ASBO, ICCTA and other educational employer associations on a full range of labor and employment issues, including collective bargaining negotiations, teacher evaluation and remediation, school administrator employment contracts, employee discipline and discharge, and public employee speech and concerted activity issues.

Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Employment and School Law, 2004-2012

Recent Publications

  • "Hot Topics in Collective Bargaining," IASB.COM, IASB (2014)
  • Contributing author, “Labor Relations: Contract Administration Including ULPs,” Illinois School Law, IICLE (2005, 2010 and 2012)
  • "Collective Bargaining Implications of the Performance Evaluation Reform Act of 2010 (SB 315) and the Education Reform Act (SB 7)," UPDATE Magazine, Illinois ASBO (2011)

Recent Presentations

  • After Janus: Implication for Labor and Management, Chicago-Kent College of Law (November 2018)
  • Collective Bargaining for School Board Members and Administrators, IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO Joint Annual Conference (November 2018)
  • Employee Misconduct Investigations and Discipline: Best Practices to Minimize Employer Liability, In-Service (November 2018)
  • Public Pension Changes, the Impact of Janus, President Employment Contracts, and RIF, ICCTA (September 2018)
  • Public Pension Changes, the Impact of Janus, and RIF, ICCCP (September 2018)
  • How to Successfully Evaluate and Remediate Tenured Teachers to Effectively Defend Legal Challenges to the Remediation Plan/Process, IASPA (January 2018)
  • At the Table: Bargaining Trends, Key Contract Issues, and Management Strategies, ICSA (November 2017)
  • How to Avoid and Respond to Grievances, In-Service (January 2017)
  • Collective Bargaining: Strategies to Deal with Teacher Evaluation, RIF/Recall, Salary, and Contract Reopeners, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, 29th Annual Seminar on School Law (November 2015)
  • Collective Bargaining Negotiations: Full-time Faculty and Adjunct Faculty Contract Language Issues, Illinois Council of Community College Presidents’ 2015 Retreat (October 2015)
  • Adjunct Faculty Union Issues, Administrators’ In-Service (August 2015)
  • Faculty Evaluation & Discipline, Administrators’ In-Service (July 2015)
  • IASB/PERA Training, IASB (June 2015)

Education

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1980
  • B.A., cum laude, St. Lawrence University, 1977

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Practice Areas