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Erinn L. Rigney

Erinn Rigney is a partner in the firm's Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety practice. Prior to joining the firm, Erinn was an associate in the employment and labor practice group in the Chicago office of another global law firm and taught high school government in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Her counseling experience includes advising public and private employers on compliance with federal, state, and local antidiscrimination laws in conjunction with various employment actions; the provision of reasonable accommodations; compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hours laws; and implementation of workplace policies and employee handbooks for both unionized and nonunionized employers, in addition to developing and leading anti-harassment training sessions for clients' workforces. As part of her practice, Erinn has experience in drafting pleadings, motions, and legal memoranda for federal lawsuits involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; representing clients in federal court and at mediations before local and federal anti-discrimination boards, and organizing various aspects of the discovery process for both large scale class actions and single-plaintiff lawsuits. In addition to her counseling and litigation experience, Erinn regularly works with the firm's corporate group to conduct employment and labor due diligence, analyze collective bargaining and other labor agreements, and advise clients on integration issues in conjunction with corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Erinn has significant experience addressing the various employment issues that arise in the health care space, including the interpretation and application of employment laws in conjunction with health care regulations; drafting master services agreements for large and small health care systems; implementing policies on the protection of proprietary information and trade secrets; and advising on employment compliance issues arising in mergers and acquisitions for hospitals and biotechnology companies. Over the past three years, Erinn has devoted a substantial part of her practice to advising public and private employers across industries on compliance with federal, state, and local health and safety guidelines to address the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace and the changing nature of work.

Erinn was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list since 2019.

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" 2023 for work in Litigation - Labor and Employment and Labor and Employment Law - Management
  • Named to Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2019-2023)
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" 2022 for work in Litigation - Labor and Employment 
  • Member, Chicago Bar Foundation, Young Professionals Board (2018-2021)
  • Notre Dame Law School Mentorship Program (2015-2019)
  • Notre Dame Attorney Networking Committee of Chicago (2014-2016)
  • Girls on the Run Michiana, Co-Chair of Fundraising Committee (2010) South Bend, Indiana Grant Writer (2011)
  • New City YMCA, Volunteer T-Ball Coach (Summer 2005)
  • Presenter, “I'll Be Watching You! Workplace Surveillance and Employee Monitoring,” K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, February 2024
  • The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, YLS Women in the Law Committee, “State of the Law: How Dobbs Affects Illinois Practitioners” webinar, 29 September 2022
  • The Chicago Bar Association, “COVID-19 Best Practices for Bar Associations: Contracts and Liabilities” webinar, 1 October 2021
  • Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, “Managing What’s Next: Key Considerations on the Return to the Workplace and Vaccine Landscape for Employers” webinar, 4 May 2021
  • American Health Law Association, “COVID-19 Vaccines: Employment Law Considerations for Health Care Employers” webinar, 24 March 2021
  • Presenter, “COVID-19 Legal Update”, K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, February 2021
  • “Biometrics: Cultural, Social, and Legal Considerations,” Suffolk University School of Law Journal of High Technology Law Symposium 2021, 3 February 2021
  • “Practice Basics: Handling Claims of Sexual Harassment” presented at the Chicago Bar Association, June 1, 2018  
  • “General Counsel University - Sexual Harassment and Social Media in the Workplace,” presented at K&L Gates Pittsburgh, May 22, 2018
  • “General Counsel University - Trade Secret Protection, Enforcement, and Risk Management in a Cyberworld” presented at K&L Gates Chicago, April 4, 2018
  • “General Counsel University - Like This: How to Assess & Manage Your Social Media Risk” presented at K&L Gates Chicago, October 25, 2017
  • Presenter, “Ready for 2017? Changing Employment Regulations in a New Political Landscape”, K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, February 2017
  • National Business Institute, “Buying and Selling a Business” Start-to-Finish” presented in Raleigh, North Carolina, December 12, 2016
  • National Business Institute, “Employment Law: 2016 Comprehensive Guide” presented in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 19, 2016
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  • “Supreme Court Won’t Hear Disability Accommodation Case Against UPS,” SHRM, 6 December 2023.
  • EEOC's Proposed Pregnant Worker Rules Could Lead to More Claims, Employment Lawyers Say,” The National Law Journal, 30 August 2023.
  • “Feds Continue Developing Workplace Regulations to Prevent Heat Illness,” SHRM, 21 August 2023.
  • “Requiring a COVID-19 vaccine is likely legal, but many Pa. employers are stopping short of a mandate,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 25 January 2021.
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