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Brette Bensinger focuses her practice in the area of labor and employment law, providing counsel to employers in both the private and public sectors. She has litigated class action discrimination claims, as well as retaliation and whistleblower lawsuits, and has particular experience in wage and hour disputes in the context of private litigation, as well as with the U.S. Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Labor. As part of her practice, Ms. Bensinger regularly counsels employers on workforce management matters, including medical leave and accommodations, employee discipline, overtime classification and noncompetes. Ms. Bensinger also conducts sensitive workplace investigations into claims of employee and corporate misconduct. 

In addition to her representation of businesses, Ms. Bensinger represents a number of state and local agencies, and served as a lead counsel representing the first elected official to be found in compliance with a longstanding federal discrimination consent decree, which is still active against other elected officials.

Professional Background

Ms. Bensinger joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as an associate in September 2005. Previously she was a law clerk with the firm.

During law school Ms. Bensinger clerked in the Crime Victims Division of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and in Preliminary Hearings at the Cook County State’s Attorney Office.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Bensinger was a project manager for an event marketing company, handling corporate sponsorship programs and contracts for music festivals nationwide.

Presentations

Ms. Bensinger's presentations include:

  • "Spoliation of Evidence:  Prevention and Consequences," American Bar Association Committee on Litigation - Trial Evidence, Chicago, Illinois, July 2014. 

  • "Chicago Bar Association's New Partner Panel," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 2013.

  • "Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: Law Firm Boot Camp on Professional Development" Sidley Austin LLP, February 2013.

  • "Fair Labor Standards Act Recurring Issues," Hinshaw’s Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2012.

  • "Employer's Guide to Overtime and Tip Credit Regulations," Illinois Restaurant Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2011.
  • "No Electronics in the Classroom," Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom Program, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, October 2011.
  • "Discrimination Law101—Evidence and Burdens of Proof in Discrimination and Retaliation Cases," Hinshaw’s 2010 Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2010.
  • "Stop Unauthorized Overtime: How to Implement and Effective, Legally Sound Tracking and Discipline Program," Business & Legal Reports, Inc., audio conference, July 2009.
  • "Payroll Basics: What HR Professionals Need to Know About Payroll Administration; Get Up to Speed Now," Business & Legal Reports, Inc., audio conference, December 2007.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Member of the Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Founders’ Board, Chair of the Advocacy Committee and Member of the Executive Committee
  • Illinois Constitutional Rights Foundation, Lawyers in the Classroom Program, Law Firm Facilitator
  • Illinois Judges Foundation, Auxiliary Board Member
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens Academy, Alumni Member

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