Angie Cowan Hamada
B.A., With Honors, Quinnipiac University 2001
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law 2005
Admitted to Practice: State of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Angie Cowan Hamada has practiced law with Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, P.C. since her law school graduation in 2005, engaged in union-side labor law, employee benefits law, employment law and general litigation. She became a shareholder in the firm effective January 1, 2012. At Chicago-Kent College of Law, Ms. Hamada was a student editor of the Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal, President of the Labor & Employment Law Society, Street-Law organizer for the National Lawyer’s Guild, and research assistant to Professor Martin H. Malin. While in law school, Ms. Hamada also participated in the AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer Program, in which she worked as a legal intern for the United Steelworkers of America. During her last year of law school, Ms. Hamada also received a Peggy Browning Fellowship and worked with the Chicago Newspaper Guild, CWA.
Ms. Hamada has dedicated her work to union advocacy and representation since 1998. Prior to law school, Ms. Cowan Hamada worked for Local 35 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE). Ms. Hamada also worked as an organizer for the Greater New Haven Central Labor Council. While an undergraduate, Ms. Hamada founded the Student-Labor Action Coalition at her school in support of HERE Local 217’s contract campaign.
Ms. Hamada devotes a substantial part of her practice to the representation of unions in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Hamada represents unions in contract negotiations, and in discharge and contract interpretation cases in arbitration. She represents unions in federal court and Illinois state court, as well as in National Labor Relations Board, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor proceedings. She also represents individuals in employment matters. Ms. Hamada also represents Taft-Hartley employee benefit funds on collection matters in federal court.
Ms. Hamada serves on the Board of Directors for the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s Chicago chapter. She is also a member of the ABA’s Section of Labor & Employment Law, and the Chicago Bar Association. She is the co-author of “‘A Touch of Class’ – Immigration and the Intersection of Politics and Protected Section 7 Activity,” 23 The Labor Lawyer 99 (2007). Ms. Hamada is a chapter editor to the Developing Labor Law (BNA) and has served on several panels on labor and employment issues.