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.


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2008-2020


  • 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


  • American Bar Association
  • Associated Colleges of Illinois, Trustee
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)