Tracey Truesdale, Esq. is a partner and co-chair of the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group at Franczek P.C. She has represented management in labor and employment for more than 25 years. She represents both national Fortune 50 corporations and smaller companies, with clients in the professional services, manufacturing, construction and technology industries.
Tracey has significant experience advising and defending employers on OSHA matters, including postaccident advice and representation of employers in employee fatality and catastrophe investigations, representing employers in negotiations with federal OSHA over OSHA citations and penalties, litigating OSHA complaints before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and investigating, defending, and litigating employee claims of retaliation under the OSH Act. Tracey’s employment law practice includes strategic advice to clients in force reduction and other business scenarios; preventive counseling on matters of employee discipline, discharge, and leave issues including FMLA, ADA, Chicago and Cook County paid sick leave as well as other state and local leave laws; and development of personnel policies and employment handbooks.
Tracey has served as lead counsel in single and multiple-plaintiff employment discrimination actions; in mediation and arbitration proceedings under FINRA and private ADR; in Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, OSHA 11(c) and other whistleblower actions before OSHA and the U.S. Department of Labor; and in labor arbitration cases involving discipline for fighting, harassment, theft, drug/alcohol use, falsification of records, absenteeism and fraudulent use of approved leave.
Tracey’s traditional labor practice includes advising companies in their collective bargaining strategies; representation of an international steel company in final offer interest arbitration proceedings and other “bet the company” contract interpretation disputes; representation of employers in union organizing and decertification campaigns; defense of unfair labor practice charges; and labor arbitration. Tracey comes to Franczek with 28 years of experience in private practice. She also has practical human resources experience, having spent a year working in-house at CNA Insurance as Employee Relations Director.
On a pro bono basis, Tracey serves as outside counsel to Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Oak Park, where she is a member of the congregation. She is also a member of the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society, which provides medical and dental services to low-income families; is a member of the APPLAUSE! performing arts board at Oak Park and River Forest High School; and is a member of the Oak Park River Forest Pony League board.
William Pokorny, Esq. serves as co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Higher Education Practice Groups. Bill helps employers and educational institutions achieve their goals in legal disputes with their current and former employees, students, and others in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Bill has a wide range of litigation experience, particularly in the areas of wage and hour litigation, discrimination and civil rights, employee benefits, faculty tenure disputes, and leave, benefits and accommodations claims.
Bill also helps employers identify, understand and solve a wide range of legal problems relating to their employees. Bill is particularly versed in all aspects of state and federal law relating to minimum wages, overtime, exemptions, and wage payment issues. Bill also regularly counsels employers on issues relating to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), disability and accommodations. Bill provides management and employee training on workplace legal issues, and also conducts workplace investigations and legal audits.
For higher education clients, Bill serves as a trusted adviser on sensitive issues such as faculty tenure, pay equity, and policies and procedures for addressing internal complaints of harassment and sexual misconduct. Bill serves as co-author of the firm’s Wage & Hour Insights blog, where he writes about the practical side of wage and hour law from a management perspective.
Bill was recognized as a “Top Author” in the 2017 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards. Bill joined the firm in February 2006. Previously, he worked at the law firms of Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP (2003–2006) and McDermott Will & Emery LLP (2001–2003). He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations. When he is not practicing law, Bill studies karate with his wife and three boys, serves as a high school youth advisor at his church, and aspires to someday be a competent gardener and woodworker.