Representing Employees And Labor Unions Exclusively For Over 50 Years

Joseph C. Torres

Joseph C. Torres

Current Employment

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Labor Law
  • Workers' Compensation


Joseph (Joe) Torres is a Partner at Karmel & Torres, LLC., and is experienced in all areas of labor and employment law. Focusing on representing public and private companies, Joe has extensive experience in administrative, grievance, and arbitration proceedings, as well as state and federal court. In addition to traditional labor law representation, Joe’s expertise includes the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, state and federal discrimination, and anti-retaliation law.

Joe serves as outside counsel for unions representing retail and commercial food workers, cannabis workers, nurses, and auto and defense manufacturer workers across various legal areas. These areas include labor issues before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), contract and disciplinary interpretation issues, administrative investigations and hearings, and other types of employment litigation. Joe is also an expert at developing and carrying out legal strategies in support of union organizing and contract campaigns.

As one of the nation's leading union-side cannabis attorneys, Joe advises cannabis unions from the ground-up. This includes being heavily involved in initial organizing campaigns. Joe negotiated Illinois’ first cannabis collective bargaining agreements, earning significant wage and benefit increases for workers. Relatedly, Joe has successfully litigated against cannabis employers in NLRB proceedings, protecting cannabis workers’ right to organize under the National Labor Relations Act.


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Member of the University of Illinois College of Law Trial Team
    • Honors: Graduate of the Mirza Trial Academy
  • University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana
    • B.A. - 13/1220
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Student Body President
    • Major: Political Science & Philosophy

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2017

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Past Positions​

  • Senator Richard Durbin in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Intern
  • Member of the Illinois Federal Civil Rights Clinic