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B.A., Washington University 1976

J.D., Antioch School of Law 1980

Admitted to Practice: State of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Karen I. Engelhardt has been with Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C. since 1998, and became a shareholder in the firm effective January 1, 2005.  She has practiced law since 1981, concentrating in employee benefits, individual employment law, union side labor matters, and litigation. Ms. Engelhardt is a graduate of the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D. C. Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Engelhardt was a recipient of the Reginald Heber Smith fellowship from Howard University, and was employed as a staff attorney at the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. Until 1986, Ms. Engelhardtís practice involved class action litigation in the areas of housing and benefits, unemployment compensation, and social security matters. Ms. Engelhardt was an active participant in negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement on behalf of the bargaining unit at CCLAF for the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, District 65 (UAW affiliate). From 1986 through 1998, Ms. Engelhardt was associated with Jacobs, Burns, Sugarman, Orlove & Stanton, a firm specializing in union-side labor law, employee benefits, and employment law.                

In addition to her general practice, Ms. Engelhardt has concentrated since 1986 in representing Taft-Hartley employee benefit funds. She was principal counsel in a precedent-setting case before the U.S. Court of Appeals finding a successor corporation liable for the known delinquent employee benefit fund contributions owed by the predecessor corporation. She also prevailed at trial in a case in which an employer disputed its liability for contributions, claiming that a multiemployer association did not have authority to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement on its behalf. Ms. Engelhardt has also appeared before the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Chicago Firemenís Annuity and Benefit Fund Review Board.

Ms. Engelhardt is a member of International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and has attended the Foundationís Collection Institute. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Womenís Bar Association, and is active in the Womenís Barís Labor and Employment Committee.



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