Our Attorneys

Joseph J. Perkoski, Managing Partner

Managing Partner, Chicago Office and Rockford Office

ph: 312.332.7760
ph: 815.390.7090

Joseph J. Perkoski, Managing Partner

As managing partner, Joseph Perkoski represents educational institutions and public sector employers with a focus on board and executive leadership. Joseph also represents his clients on a broad range of labor and employment issues including collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and contract interpretation.  Joseph has defended employers in unfair labor practice charges before the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board, the Illinois State and Local Labor Relations Boards and the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, Joseph has litigated on behalf of management claims involving civil rights, discrimination, wrongful discharge, and harassment issues.

Awards

  • Fellow, The College of the Labor & Employment Lawyers
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2008-2020
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Employment, Labor and School Law

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University, The Mortiz College of Law
  • M.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.A. with honors, The Ohio State University

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • Superior Court for the District of Columbia

Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Trusteem Associated Colleges of Illinois
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Council of School Attorneys
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • National School Boards Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association

Recent Publications

  • “Have You Had Your Shot? Legal Consideration in Mandating Employee Vaccination,” IASBO (2021)
  • Contributing author, “Labor Issues in the Transactional Side of the Project,” Construction Law: Transactional Considerations, IICLE (2017)
  • Contributing author, “Labor Relations: Contract Administration Including ULPs,” Illinois School Law: Personnel and Student Issues, IICLE (2010, 2012, and 2015)
  • “Finding a New Way: Subcontracting Revisited,” UPDATE Magazine, Illinois ASBO (2011)
  • Contributing author, “Labor Issues in the Transactional Side of the Project,” Construction Law – Transaction Practice, IICLE (2010)

Recent Presentations

  • Legal Update, ICCCFO Spring Conference (April 2022)
  • Legal Update, ICCCFO Spring Conference (April 2021)
  • Hot Legal Topics, Bargaining in a Post-Covid World, ICCCFO (April 2021)
  • Will it Count? Teacher Evaluations in a Hybrid and Virtual World, Large Unit District Association Virtual Fall Conference (October 2020)
  • Leaves and Absences During a Pandemic, Illinois Association of School Administrators (October 2020)
  • Leaves and Absences During a Pandemic, Illinois Association of School Administrators (September 2020)
  • Remote Learning Meme Fatigue: Legal and Practical Considerations as Students and Staff Return to School with Restrictions, Large Unit District Association Virtual Spring Conference (June 2020)
  • Resetting Bargaining Objectives in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis, Large Unit District Association (May 2020)
  • Legal Update, ICCCFO Spring Conference (April 2020)
  • Hot Legal Topics, Bargaining in a Post-Covid World ICCCFO (April 2020)
  • Legislative Update: A Review of New Laws Affecting Illinois Community Colleges, Illinois Council of Community College Presidents Retreat (September 2019)
  • Court Cases and Other Legal Updates for the Higher Education Workplace, Illinois CUPA-HR Spring Conference (May 2019)Legal Update, ICCCFO Spring Conference (April 2019)