Gregory P. Abrams



Greg Abrams has devoted his career to representing and counseling employers in all facets of labor and employment law. He regularly defends companies in state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the country in all types of employment litigation. Greg is experienced in handling class and collective actions including large-scale wage and hour matters and claims alleging privacy violations.


Greg has deep experience defending against class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII and Section 1981, including defeating class certification and prevailing on the merits. He also defends employers against claims raised under state and federal equal employment opportunity and wage and hour statutes, and manages cases involving noncompetition agreements, trade secret violations, and other similar claims.  Greg also is leading the defense of multiple companies against class action claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).


Greg counsels clients on matters involving criminal background checks, covenants not to compete, wage and hour laws, drug and alcohol testing, and employee discipline and termination. He works with organizations to create separation agreements and releases, employee handbooks, and other employment policies.

Writing and Speaking Engagements

Greg regularly presents at CLEs and other similar events on a variety of employment and related topics; has written and been published extensively on employment and privacy-related issues; and has been quoted and interviewed by multiple national media on these topics.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Greg most recently practiced labor and employment law at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Chicago.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


University of Chicago Law School
J.D. (2003)

University of Pennsylvania
B.A. in Economics and Political Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (2000)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • This is my Fight Song - Litigation Update
    Speaker, Faegre Baker Daniels Privacy and Cybersecurity Summit, November 2019
  • Navigating Menacing Waters: Whether Injunctive Class Actions are a Useful way to Avoid Class-Certification Hurdles and Avoid Arbitration
    ABA 22nd Annual National Institute on Class Actions, October 2018
  • Employee Arbitration Agreements After Epic Systems
    North Shore Labor Counsel, October 2018
  • Little-Known Laws That Lead to Big Litigation
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 24th Annual Employment Law Seminar, March 2018
  • First Class Service: What to Do When a Class Action Lands on Your Desk – And How to Avoid It in the First Place
    FaegreBD Labor & Employment Seminar, Chicago, 2018
  • Understanding and Applying the New City and County Sick Leave Ordinances
    Hospitality Employers Seminar, September 2017
  • Understanding Serious Health Conditions Under the FMLA
    Lorman Educational Services, webinar, August 2017
  • The Vanishing FLSA Regulations of 2017 and Other Wage and Hour Developments
    FaegreBD Labor & Employment Seminar, Chicago
  • Wage & Hour Issues: Compliance in 2016 and Beyond
    FaegreBD Labor & Employment Seminar, Chicago
  • New Law Makes Some Noncompetes Illegal
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 2017
  • Fair Labor Standards Act/Wage and Hour Litigation: Recent Developments and Key Topics for Employers
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 22nd Annual Employment Law Seminar, March 2016
  • The NLRB’s Babcock & Wilcox Decision and the Frustration of National Labor Policy
    Co-author, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Naples, Florida, February 2016
  • Wage & Hour Issues: Compliance in 2015 and Beyond
    Chicago Hospitality Employers Seminar, September 2015
  • Proposed Rule Issued on Revising Exemptions From FLSA Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements
    The Labouring Oar, Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Fall 2015
  • The Role of Criminal Records in Hiring: Easy Access, Difficult Decisions
    North Shore Labor & Employment Counsel, 2014
  • Recent EEOC Activity — Criminal Background Checks
    Annual Retail Industry Roundtable, 2013
  • EEOC’s Updated Enforcement Guidance on the Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions: Developments in Year One
    Co-author, BNA’s Daily Labor Report, November 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Represented 12 plaintiffs alleging federal due process violations surrounding executive clemency proceedings
  • Represented Chicago Public Schools student with disabilities; achieved tailored education curriculum
  • Represented applicant for asylum (Honduras)
  • Prepared employee handbook for private school serving special needs students

Professional Associations

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid — Young Professionals Board (Past Co-Chair)
  • Equip for Equality — Young Professionals Board


  • Illinois Leading Lawyers — Emerging Lawyers, Employment Law, 2015-19
  • Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing, 2014
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid — Charles V. Hogren Outstanding Service Award, 2008
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