Frank Del Barto, Chair of the Firm's Employment, Labor & Benefits Group and former Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee, counsels company executives, senior and local site managers on a broad range of employment, health & welfare, and retirement plan matters.
Mr. Del Barto counsels management on employment discrimination, family and medical leave, wage and hour compliance, employee classification concerns, and a variety of litigation risk reduction strategies. He has negotiated and drafted numerous employment, severance, and independent contractor agreements and employment policies and handbooks. He has successfully represented clients in administrative matters before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, and the Illinois Department of Labor. Additionally, he has successfully represented clients in employment and wage matters in various state and federal courts.
Mr. Del Barto also counsels management on the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, COBRA, and myriad plan reporting, disclosure and compliance issues. He has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Labor on compliance audits and Form 5500 penalty assessments. Additionally, as retirement plan compliance has become increasingly more difficult to maintain, he has guided company management teams through complex 401(k) plan corrections with the Internal Revenue Service and has counseled clients on the formation and operation of plan committees to improve plan governance and reduce the risks and potential liabilities of plan sponsorship.
Mr. Del Barto's pro-bono practice concentrates on assisting military veterans and their dependents appeal their disability compensation claim denials with the Department of Veterans' Affairs. As an Army veteran, he is driven to assist veterans in obtaining compensation for their injuries that are connected to or aggravated by their military service. In May 2013, The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association honored him with a Distinguished Service Award for his tireless efforts on behalf of veterans. In 2009, he received a similar award from the Supreme Court of Illinois.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Del Barto spent fourteen years in the insurance industry working with Fortune 500 companies and prominent universities. As a result this real-world experience, he brings a unique business-oriented perspective to the legal challenges faced by his clients. He searches for solutions within management's acceptable risk tolerance.
He has been named an Illinois Rising Star in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.