Brette Bensinger advises employers on the new and evolving employment laws, including the prevention and response to harassment complaints (particularly during this time of #MeToo), as well as wage and hour compliance, employee discipline, paid and nonpaid leave requirements, and disability accommodations. Her practice extends to creating workforce policies and employee handbooks, focusing on those addressing social media and electronic communication. She also performs management training and conducts investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct, including complaints of harassment/hostile work environment, retaliation, and regulatory non-compliance.
Having litigated multi-plaintiff lawsuits in court and defended employers before governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, she uses her knowledge of the law to anticipate problems and offer practical solutions before they develop into litigation. If litigation becomes necessary, Brette calls upon her advocacy skills, which have been recognized by attorneys and business leaders in both the private and public sector, to best represent her clients.
Brette joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as an associate in September 2005. Previously she was a law clerk with the firm.
During law school she 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, Brette was a project manager for an event marketing company, handling corporate sponsorship programs and contracts for music festivals nationwide.
Honors & Awards
- Recognized by her peers as a "Leading Lawyer" in the area of Employment Law: Management, 2018 – 2019
- Named to the "40 Under Forty" list by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2017
- Recognized as an "Emerging Lawyer" by Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2012 – 2017
Brette's presentations include:
- "Spoliation of Evidence: Prevention and Consequences," American Bar Association Committee on Litigation - Trial Evidence, Chicago, Illinois
- "Chicago Bar Association's New Partner Panel," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois
- "Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms: Law Firm Boot Camp on Professional Development" Sidley Austin LLP
- "Fair Labor Standards Act Recurring Issues," Hinshaw’s Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
- "Employer's Guide to Overtime and Tip Credit Regulations," Illinois Restaurant Association, Chicago, Illinois
- "No Electronics in the Classroom," Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom Program, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
- "Discrimination Law101—Evidence and Burdens of Proof in Discrimination and Retaliation Cases," Hinshaw's 2010 Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
- "Stop Unauthorized Overtime: How to Implement and Effective, Legally Sound Tracking and Discipline Program," Business & Legal Reports, Inc., audio conference
- "Payroll Basics: What HR Professionals Need to Know About Payroll Administration; Get Up to Speed Now," Business & Legal Reports, Inc., audio conference
- May 19, 2016
- June 26, 2014
- June 3, 2013
- April 1, 2013
- February 28, 2013
- December 3, 2012
- July 2, 2012
- June 4, 2012
- April 2, 2012
- January 3, 2012
- October 4, 2011
- July 11, 2011
- 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
J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2005
B.A., English, Northwestern University, 2000
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois