Our Attorneys

Dennis L. Weedman

Partner, Collinsville Office

ph: 618.343.3540

Dennis L. Weedman

Dennis Weedman represents school districts, community colleges, county boards and other units of local government in labor negotiations and employment related matters, including complaints and charges of discrimination, wrongful termination litigation, claims of sexual harassment, civil rights violations and unfair labor practice charges.  Dennis also advises clients on the handling of grievances, as well as represents public entities in labor arbitration hearings.  He has represented employers in more than 200 arbitration hearings and has handled more than a hundred union organizational cases before the various public sector labor relations boards.  Following certification of the bargaining unit, Dennis also serves as a negotiator and advisor for collective bargaining agreements, having negotiated several hundred labor contracts for public employers.

Dennis’s area of practice extends well beyond just labor and employment matters.  He counsels clients in all areas of personnel management, including employee leave rights, overtime obligations, and employee disciplinary matters, as well as in the areas of board governance, general education law and student rights and responsibilities.  Dennis has served on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and is a frequent presenter for the Illinois Association of School Boards and at statewide conferences, including the Chicago-Kent School of Law Public Sector Labor Relations Conference.

Dennis has over twenty-nine years of experience representing public entities in labor and employment disputes. Prior to joining Robbins Schwartz, Dennis served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Illinois Labor Relations Board and was Labor Relations Counsel for Governor James Edgar through the Illinois Department of Central Management Services.

Dennis is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to provide school board member training.

Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Employment Law: Management, Labor Law: Management, School Law and Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law, 2015

Education

  • J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Admitted to Practice

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

Organizations

  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Recent Presentations

  • Virtual Bargaining and Mediation, 37th Annual Illinois Kent School of Law Public Sector Labor Relations Conference (December 2021)
  • Collective Bargaining Workshop, Regional IASBO Conference (April 2021)
  • Legislative and Decisional Law Update, Illinois Community College Presidents’ Council (March 2021)
  • Collective Bargaining Update, Large Unit District Association (February 2021)
  • Legal Ethics: Ethical Considerations during the Pandemic, Illinois Kent School of Law 36th Annual Public Sector Labor Relations Conference (December 2020)
  • Pre-K to Grade 12 Return to School, Southwest Leadership Council (September 2020)
  • Collective Bargaining Workshop, Regional IASBO Conference (March 2020)
  • Legislative and Collective Bargaining Update, Illini Division – IASA (February 2020)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Grievance Handling and Pre-Arbitrations Strategies, 35th Annual Kent School of Law Public Sector Labor Relations Conference (November 2019)
  • New College Board of Trustee Member Training, Illinois Community College Board (September 2019)