Ethan White is a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University School of Law with more than a decade of pure litigation experience. Ethan’s practice focuses on counseling clients and litigating commercial and employment-related matters, with near daily courtroom experience in both state and federal courts. In addition, he frequently appears before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Humans Rights, the Illinois Department of Labor, and various mediation forums. Ethan has tried cases in DuPage County, Cook County, and the Northern District of Illinois and has litigated matters in nearly every other county in the Chicagoland area.
In addition to business and employment-related cases, Ethan has filed or defended lawsuits in a wide variety of other subject matters, including breach of contract, legal malpractice, defamation, commercial disputes, antitrust, product liability, and international arbitration, among others.
Ethan began his law career at one of the largest law firms in the world, helping clients navigate dealings with both federal and state governmental authorities during civil and criminal investigations, particularly the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. From there, he was a partner in another trial-focused firm where he litigated hundreds of cases in a variety of areas of law, with a strong focus on employment-related matters.
Prior to attending law school, Ethan graduated from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and worked for nearly five years as a business and IT consultant. Ethan’s unique skill set, based on his education and wide-ranging previous experience, gives him the ability to quickly understand the language and dynamics of his clients’ operations, whether large or small.
Ethan is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern School of Law, teaching in its prestigious trial practice program, where he has also coached its mock trial teams.
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- Northwestern University School of Law
- J.D. (2008)
- Honors: Cum Laude
- University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
- B.B.A. (2000) | Information Systems, Finance
- State Bar of Illinois
- Illinois State Bar Association
- DuPage County Bar Association
- Emery Law, Ltd.
- Emery Law Blog
- Retaliation for Supporting Another’s Claim of Discrimination is Illegal
24 July 2019
- Illinois Law Now Requires Employers to Reimburse Employee Expenses
15 February 2019
- Avoiding the Pitfalls of “Near” Whistleblowers
9 January 2019
- Illinois Now Required Paid Nursing Breaks For At Least One Year
28 September 2018
- Senate Bill 20 will bring major changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act
24 August 2018
- Q. Can a person be terminated for consensually dating a co-worker that is not a supervisor?
- A: Simple answer is probably yes. Illinois is an "at will" employment jurisdiction, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all, so long as it is not discriminatory. But firing a person because the employer does not like the dating between employees is unlikely to be discriminatory. Based on what you've described above, the firing is likely legal. I hope that helps.
- Q. Can my temp agency that i work for deny me direct deposit saying they dont do that.
- A: In short, yes. So long as your employer is paying you all the compensation you've earned, there is not a legal requirement that it be paid in a particular way.
- Q. I worked in Kansas and I currently live in Illinois I filed a complaint with the EEOC in Kansas and received a right to
- A: You could likely file in the Federal district court of either state, but there is a strong possibility it would get transferred from Illinois to Kansas since that is where the events occurred and where many witnesses will reside. Good luck.
- Q. Arbitration clause
- A: Difficult to say without seeing the language of the clause. And courts have handled this differently, but you could file suit in Circuit Court if the company is waiving an arbitration clause.
- Q. Hello, I work for Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee. They just opened, and I want to know if I can sue? And need help doing so.
- A: Keep in mind that Illinois is an "at will" employment jurisdiction, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all, unless it is for an illegal reason, such as your age, race, religion, etc. But that means they likely could legally fire you for complaining about your treatment regarding hours, clocking out, etc. That said, if you are working hours and they are not paying you for those hours, you may have a claim under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collections Act, under other laws. Good luck!
- Q. I was working for a company for over a year And they fired me for something on my background that was over 5 years ago
- A: Sorry to hear about your situation. Keep in mind Illinois is an "at will" employment jurisdiction, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all. Thus even if your employer was wrong or unfair about background check, the firing is likely still legal. I hope that helps.
- Q. I was fired with no reason a week after receiving a perfect review on my 90 day performance review. Do I have a case?
- A: Sorry to hear about your situation. Keep in mind Illinois is an "at will" employment jurisdiction, meaning your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all. Thus even if you received an excellent performance review, your employer could decide a week later for any reason (so long as it was not discriminatory). Based on what you've described above, the firing is likely still legal. I hope that helps.
- Q. when providing the complaint what would else need to be filed and can emails be including in the complaint for evidenc
- A: It is not clear what kind of complaint you are trying to file - in court, with an agency (IDHR, EEOC)? Regardless of where you are filing, if there are documents or emails that support your claims, you should reference those in your complaint and attach them if possible. Good luck.
- Q. I need to know if I'm being sued! I got this in an email.
- A: It is impossible to know without more information, but it sounds like whoever sent you the email is seeking to avoid a lawsuit (thus the "pre-lawsuit steps") through some sort of settlement. But again, without knowing the context and facts that attracted the email in the first place, it is difficult to know anything more.