Representing Employees And Labor Unions Exclusively For Over 50 Years

Jonathan D. Karmel

Jonathan D. Karmel

Current Employment

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Labor Law
  • Taft-Hartley Pensions
Rated By Super Lawyers | Jonathan D. Karmel | 10 Years
Rated By Super Lawyers | Jonathan D. Karmel | Selected In 2023 | Thomson Reuters
Dying To Work | Death And Injury In The American Workplace | Jonathan D. Karmel


Attorney Jon Karmel has extensive experience in the labor and employment fields. He is AV Preeminent peer review rated,* the highest rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Jon has been named among Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers, and he was selected for inclusion in the 2013-2024 Illinois Super Lawyers.

He serves as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, where he teaches trial advocacy skills. Jon has taught trial advocacy to lawyers and judges in Mexico as their legal system changes to oral advocacy. Recently, Jon lectured to members of the legal profession in Shanghai, China, on cross-border employment issues and the role of arbitration in resolving disputes.

Read Jon's book Dying to Work: Death and Injury in the American Workplace can be purchased at Cornell University Press, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1978
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science
  • Yale University, Graduate School, Political Science, New Haven, Connecticut
    • 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1982
  • Michigan, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2005


  • Named to Super Lawyers, 2013-2024

Classes and Seminars

  • Instructor, John Marshall Law School, 1984 to 1986
  • Chapter Author/Lecturer, Labor Law, Illinois Institute Continuing Legal Education, 1986 to 2000
  • Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, May Session, Emory University School of Law, 2010 to Present

Professional Associations

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow


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