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Practice Areas

Labor & Employment Law
Administrative Proceedings
Non-Compete Enforcement



The John Marshall Law School, J.D.
      Cum laude/ Law Review Editor
Northern Illinois University, B.S.
       Human Resources Management



U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. Dist. Court, CD Illinois
U.S. Dist. Court, ND Illinois
U.S. Dist. Court, SD Indiana
U.S. Dist. Court, ED Wisconsin

U.S. Dist. Court, WD Wisconsin

Renée Koehler has over 28 years of experience concentrating in representing employers in labor and employment law matters ranging from preventative training and counseling to litigation. She defends employers in all types of litigation including federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Koehler regularly provides preventative training to her clients’ employees and supervisors on discrimination and harassment topics to minimize the risk of potential claims, and in compliance with state and federal laws.


Representative Matters

  • Recently secured a verdict in favor of employer in U.S. District Court trial defending allegations of discrimination of three plaintiffs.

  • Obtained an order compelling arbitration in U.S. District Court enforcing employer’s arbitration agreement with an employee resulting in the dismissal of class allegations pertaining to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • Secured a defense verdict in Circuit Court of Cook County trial involving former employee’s bonus claim.

  • Secured favorable Summary Judgment ruling for an employer in the Circuit Court of Cook County involving a former employee’s claims for commissions which included counter claims.

  • Litigated one of the few Federal Appellate Court decisions awarding employer client attorneys’ fees and costs for defending against a Union Trust Funds’ collections action pursuant to ERISA. 

  • Won numerous motions for Summary Judgment on behalf of employers in State and Federal Courts on Title VII discrimination claims.

  • Secured the dismissal of FLSA class allegations against a client with tipped employees in Federal District Court in Indiana prior to class certification.

  • Won motion to transfer venue and subsequently prevailed on motion to dismiss class action claim relating to meal periods/breaks in Federal District Court in Ohio.  

  • Prevailed in numerous non-compete cases in various industries securing injunctions for employers in Federal Court.


Professional Activities

  • Chicago Bar Association


Community Involvement

  • Public High School Board Member

  • Frequent guest speaker – NIU College of Business

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Labor & Employment Law 2005

  • Associate Candidacy Editor, John Marshall Law Review

  • Published in The John Marshall Law Review 1990

Also Affiliated with Koehler Dinkel LLC


Renée Koehler

Office: (312) 641-7144  Fax: (312) 641-5137

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