Stacey Smiricky is a dedicated employment litigator and counselor who puts clients above everything else. She represents businesses in workplace and commercial disputes and counsels on proper employment practices and risk management. She also focuses on employment and joint employment issues affecting franchise operations.

Employment Counselor

To manage their litigation risk and help them operate smoothly, Stacey advises employers on best practices and policies and trains and counsels management and HR professionals. She assists with:

  • HR due diligence in corporate transactions
  • Hiring, discipline and termination procedures
  • Preparation of employment documents, including policies and procedures, handbooks, contracts, non-compete agreements and confidentiality agreements
  • Investigations on employee dishonesty, harassment, discrimination, improper use of company property and misappropriation of confidential information
  • Analysis of employment issues pertaining to franchise operations

Employment Litigator

When employers face litigation, Stacey represents them at state and federal agencies and courts in matters involving:

  • Discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Whistleblower/retaliation
  • The FMLA
  • Restrictive covenants and confidential information
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Wage and hour disputes under the Fair Labor and Standards Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Equal pay

Stacey has prosecuted and defended injunctions based on restrictive covenants in employment contracts.

Commercial Litigation

Stacey also handles general litigation matters concerning breaches of contract or fiduciary duty, tortious interference, the Uniform Commercial Code, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, insurance recovery and contract disputes.

Past Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Stacey was a partner in the employment and labor group of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York


Northern Illinois University School of Law
J.D. cum laude (2002)

University of Iowa
B.A. (1999)

Insights & Events

最新 October 2022

New Proposed Rule on Independent Contractors: DOL’s Latest Plan for Overhaul of the Existing Standard

5 min read  
Recorded Webinar May 25, 2022 CLE

Did That Really Happen? Lessons Learned From Investigations - Webinar

Labor and Employment Law Developments: Staying on Top of Your Game
2 min read  
最新 January 2022

Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccination-or-Test Mandate and Upholds CMS Rule Mandating Vaccines – Now What?

10 min read  
最新 December 2021

Here We Go (Again): OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard Reinstated (Vaccine Mandates, Testing & Face Coverings for Large Employers)

8 min read  
Recorded Webinar December 15, 2021 CLE

Charting a New Course: Labor and Employment Under the Biden Administration - Webinar

A Multipart Series
6 min read  
最新 November 2021

Delayed Gratification: Starting June 2022, Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act Does Not Apply to COVID-19 Measures or Requirements

3 min read  
最新 June 2021

Amendments to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act: Significant Changes Coming to Illinois Noncompete and Nonsolicitation Agreements

6 min read  
媒体报道 May 2021

Stacey Smiricky Talks With XpertHR About What Employers Should Consider Given the CDC’s New Mask Guidance

1 min read  
最新 March 2021

Illinois Employers: Prepare to Comply With Significant Amendments to Three Key Employment Laws

5 min read  
Speaking Engagement Recap March 11, 2021

New Administration — New Employment Considerations - Webinar

1 min read  
Other Perspectives
  • Illinois Updates Privacy Law to Address Social Media
    Co-author, SHRM, November 2016
  • Noel Canning: Is It Much Ado About Nothing?
    Co-author, The Illinois Manufacturer, Winter 2014
  • The Ever-Changing Landscape of Social Media in the Workplace
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce Webinar, July 8, 2014
  • SCOTUS Term Employment Roundup
    Twitter panelist, Law360 Tweet Chat, July 1, 2014
  • The Ever-Changing Landscape of Social Media in the Workplace
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce Spring Business Symposium, May 22, 2014
  • Social Media in the Workplace
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce Webinar, April 3, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce — Employment Law Council; Business Advisory Board

Civic Activities

  • Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) — Vice President, 2014-16, and Treasurer, 2012-14
  • Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law — Volunteer

Firm Leadership

  • Faegre Baker Daniels Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group
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