William Peter BoznosAssociate
William ("Bill") Boznos is a serious thinker and an aggressive trial attorney, confident in his knowledge of the area of law and command of our client's facts. As a former Vice President and Director of Human Resources for several large businesses, Bill has developed unparalleled experience in labor and employment issues which he now utilizes for his clients.
Bill has spent most of his 24 years in practice as an in-house counsel for several multinational corporations around the country focusing on complex labor and employment issues and complex mergers and acquisitions. Bill has also served as the Director of Human Resources for several large multinational corporations, most recently for Harrah's Casinos, giving him a unique perspective on employment law issues. He now brings that expertise to bear in representing small business owners and individuals in labor and employment law matters. Bill has extensive experience with a number of employment law issues such as Title VII Discrimination cases, Age Discrimination cases, Family and Medical Leave Act issues, Complaints for Wages before the Illinois Department of Labor, Overtime Violations in both State and Federal Court, Wrongful Termination, Severance Agreement Review and Negotiation, as well as extensive practice before the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.
Some examples of cases of note in which Bill has been engaged and resolved in favor of our clients include:
- a case of identity theft obtaining complete recovery of all compromised property on behalf of the client.
- an action for wrongful termination and national origin discrimination on behalf of a client against a major financial institution.
- claims for wrongful termination and sexual harassment by a woman against a large security services firm.
- resolved a case of disability discrimination against a large security services firm.
- settled a case of failure to pay overtime brought against an employer of seasonal labor.
- several class actions alleging overtime violation against manufacturers alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Law for unpaid overtime on behalf of hourly employees in Federal court.
- claim of sexual harassment and battery on behalf of an 18 year old woman against a large local banking institution and its officer.
- pregnancy discrimination and discrimination based upon sex against one of the country's largest pharmaceutical companies leading to a favorable settlement prior to the close of proceedings before the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
- a case alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation against a large shipping company.
- claims against a large mortgage broker in Federal Court alleging violations of the federal and state overtime laws on behalf of loan processors.
- Defended an overtime class action complaint filed in Federal Court against a client in the business of masonry and carpentry for a fraction of the total exposure faced by the client.
- Successfully defended an appeal by a majority shareholder of Exelon Enterprises Company who sought to dismiss a lawsuit filed by minority shareholders alleging breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the corporation's merger. Carpenter v. Exelon Enterprises Company and Exelon Corporation, 399 Ill.App. 330 (1st Dist. 010).
- California Appellate Court reverses order of trial court ordering the parties to arbitrate a dispute. Chhabra v. Ferry, California Appellate Court, Second District, Division Four, 11/16/10.
Moreover, Bill has wide experience in general corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures involving assets in the millions of dollars and attendant employee transitional issues in the United States and Europe.
Bill is a frequent speaker and advisor to the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and most recently spoke on the topic of "Changes in the Overtime laws and the effect on your small business." Bill has also presented seminars on the topics of "Employment Practices Audits for your Business" and "The HR Minefield - What Employers Need to Be Aware Of."
Bill has authored several Employee Manuals for small and mid size employers.
Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of the St. Athansios Greek Orthodox Church. Bill's past board affiliations include the Des Plaines Senior Center as well as the Illinois Workforce Development Board. Bill is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association - Illinois, as well as the Illinois State Bar Association.
Bill was admitted to practice since 1984; Graduate of John Marshall Law School of Law (1984); BA University of Florida (1980). Bill and his family reside in Naperville.