Brett Strand practices labor and employment law, focusing on compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including age, disability, and racial discrimination laws, workplace standards, medical leave requirements, labor relations, and unemployment obligations. Mr. Strand also maintains a significant practice in the area of immigration law, with particular emphasis on employment-based immigration and employer compliance. His clients span many industries and include both public and private employers of all sizes.
Mr. Strand joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as an associate in October 2010. Previously he was a summer associate with the firm’s Rockford office in 2009. While in law school, Mr. Strand was an extern to the Honorable Frederick J. Kapala, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
During law school, Mr. Strand was a research assistant to Professor Jennifer Mason McAward, and also a teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science. In addition to his other law school accomplishments, Mr. Strand was a 2009 competitor in the New York Bar Association National Moot Court Competition, and a 2010 participant in Notre Dame’s Annual Moot Court Showcase. He was a member of the Dean’s List and a recipient of the A. Harold Weber Moot Court Award. Mr. Strand was also a member of the Moot Court Appellate Board, and was an officer of the Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Mr. Strand was Phi Beta Kappa in his undergraduate studies. He also was the President of the Phi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and was the 2007 Editor of and contributor to Illinois Wesleyan University's Res Publica Political Research Journal
Mr. Strand's presentations include:
- “The Bermuda Triangle (ADA, FMLA, Workers’ Compensation),” Hinshaw’s Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, October 2012.
- “Social Media and Your Career,” IGNITE Rockford’s Lunch Outside the Box Series, Rockford, Illinois, March 2012.
Mr. Strand is a volunteer with the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Boone County, Illinois. He also can regularly be found volunteering on Saturday mornings at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful's weekly Recycling Center.