Stephen A. Glickman

Stephen A. Glickman is a top-rated senior Chicago employment law attorney with over 30 years of unique experience representing employers and employees in every aspect of employment law.

Steve Glickman

Clients benefit from Mr. Glickman’s knowledge of employment law, skill and talent, as well as the practical wisdom that he has acquired practicing employment law his entire career, since 1987.

A Respected Voice

Mr. Glickman’s legal publication, the comprehensive Employment Law Chicago Blog, is widely read by members of the employment law and human resources communities. He has also authored a number of legal guides that are published on regarding hot employment law topics such as workplace sexual harassment, the new pregnancy discrimination laws as well as employment separation agreements from the perspectives of the employer and the executive.

Top Rankings and Recognition

Mr. Glickman is rated Superb, 10 out of 10, Top Employment Attorney, by, a national online attorney rating firm, based on his peer endorsements, industry recognition, experience and professional conduct. Client appreciation for his dedication, responsiveness and personalized representation is reflected in his receiving the 2022, 2021, and 2020 Clients’ Choice Award as well as his consistent 5-Star Avvo client reviews and LinkedIn client recommendations. Peer recognition of Mr. Glickman as an outstanding advocate and well-respected employment lawyer is demonstrated by his Avvo endorsements and LinkedIn recommendations from fellow employment attorneys.

Mr. Glickman was selected by Super Lawyers for inclusion in the 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Super Lawyers List of The Top Rated Employment and Labor Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois (the top 5% of all lawyers) based on his high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He was also hand-picked by for inclusion in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 List of The Best Employment Lawyers in Chicago (top 18 out of 1,063 lawyers) based on his reputation, credibility, experience, engagement, and professionalism.

Litigation Experience

Mr. Glickman has an extensive employment law litigation background. He cut his teeth in federal court litigating high-profile employment law cases, appearing before federal judges every day, deposing public figures and representing clients in trials and appeals. In the next phase of his career, he defended employers of all sizes in numerous employment disputes and advised employers on a multitude of employment law issues.

Private Practice

In private practice since 1995, Mr. Glickman still takes pride in protecting the interests of employers and vindicating the rights of employees. He counsels C-level and highly compensated executives on employment contracts, executive compensation and non-competition agreements. He also negotiates separation agreements, severance packages and settlements of sexual harassment, employment discrimination and employment termination claims.

Mr. Glickman continues to advise employers on human resources matters, including employee discipline and termination, personnel policies, employee handbooks, accommodation requests, leaves of absence, risk management and compliance with federal, state and local employment law. He also aggressively defends employers in court and before administrative agencies.

Background and Qualifications

Mr. Glickman is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He has served as an Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, since 1995.

Admitted to practice in 1987 by the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, he became a member of the Federal Trial Bar and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1989.

Born in Chicago, Mr. Glickman earned his law degree from the DePaul University College of Law in 1987 and received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1983.