Our Attorneys

Todd K. Hayden

Todd Hayden practices in the areas of school and municipal law.  He provides governmental employers with guidance and counseling regarding labor and employment, including employee discipline and termination, board governance, collective bargaining, contract, public finance and transactional matters.

Todd has represented employers in various employer-employee disputes including federal and state litigation, EEOC/Department of Human Rights charges, State Labor Board Proceedings and grievance and arbitration proceedings.  Todd has extensive experience in collective bargaining, including unit formation proceedings, negotiations, mediation and interest arbitration.  He has performed construction contract reviews, served as local bond counsel and worked on school boundary changes.

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


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


  • J.D., cum laude, Indiana University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois


  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Will County Bar Association — Local Government Committee

Recent Publications

  • Contributing author, “Civil Rights Litigation,” Illinois School Law, IICLE (2017)

Recent Presentations

  • Collective Bargaining for School Board Members and Administrators, IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO Joint Annual Conference (November 2018)
  • Employee Free Speech and the Public Employer, HR Source Employment Law Conference at Northern Illinois University (September 2018)
  • Practical Advice for Maintaining a Harassment Free Workplace, IASA (February 2018)
  • Legislative Update for Public Employers, HR Conference 2017, Management Association (March 2017)
  • RIF Procedures for Support and Certified Staff, IASA – South Cook, Superintendent Workshop (February 2016)
  • HR In-Service, ECHO Special Education Cooperative (October 2015)
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements – What You Should Know, In-Service (June 2015) 
  • Video Taping on School Buses – What Should You Be Concerned About?, Illinois ASBO (April 2015)
  • Legislative Update, Board of Trustees In-Service (December 2016) 
  • Practical Guidance on Employee Misconduct Investigations and Discipline, In-Service (August 2016)