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WESLEY KENNEDY

B.A., With Honors, Grinnell College 1981

J.D., Yale Law School 1984                

Admitted to Practice: State of Illinois; U.S. Courts of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth, D.C. Circuits; U.S. District Courts, Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Eastern District of Wisconsin, District of Arizona

Wesley Kennedy is a founding shareholder in Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C. He has practiced law since 1984, concentrating in union-side labor law, employee benefits law, individual employment law, and litigation. He is a graduate of The Yale Law School, where he was research assistant to Dean Harry Wellington and Professor Julius Getman, was a Director of the Yale Legal Services Organization, and performed volunteer work for three locals of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (now UNITE HERE). From 1984 through 1994, Mr. Kennedy practiced law with the firm of Cotton, Watt, Jones & King.

Mr. Kennedy has a general labor law practice concentrating in the hospitality, airline, graphic arts and other industries representing unions in a full range of matters.  In particular, Mr. Kennedy has represented unions and their members in numerous complex discipline/discharge and contract interpretation arbitrations.  In addition, Mr. Kennedy has for many years represented airline unions and employee groups in seniority integration and other proceedings involving mergers and acquisitions, including the American Airlines Pilots in the largest pilot seniority integration in history; and the United Airlines flight dispatchers in various matters in the United Airlines bankruptcy case.  Mr. Kennedy is experienced in a variety of employee benefits litigation, and (together with Karen Engelhardt and Liza Reynolds) is outside collection counsel for the Chicago-area Laborers’ Pension and Welfare Funds.  Mr. Kennedy  has represented clients in matters pending at the trial court and appellate levels in various federal and state courts, and in matters pending before numerous federal, state, and local administrative agencies.

Mr. Kennedy is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and the American Bar Association. He is a member of the ABA’s Sections on Airline and Railway Labor Law, Labor Arbitration and the Law, and the Development of the Law Under the NLRA. Mr. Kennedy is a frequent speaker at bar association and other conferences.  He is author of "Intermittent Strikes: An Overview From The Union Perspective," 14 The Labor Lawyer 117 (1998); is co-author of "Seniority Integration in the Absence of Mandatory Labor Protective Provisions," in Cleared for Takeoff: Airline Labor Relations Since Deregulation (ILR Press 1988); and is a contributing author to The Railway Labor Act (BNA 1995), Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration (BNA 1998 and 1999 Supplement), and The Developing Labor Law (4th and 5th Editions and Annual Supplements).


Mr. Kennedy is past President of the North Boundary Home Owners League; a volunteer for the Grinnell Regional Admissions Support Program, and the Grinnell College Alumni Association; and Chairman of the Grinnell College Joseph A. Wall Alumni Service Awards program. He and his family are founding members of the Kehillat Shalom Jewish Congregation of Skokie, Illinois.

 


 



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