Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair

Associate

Overview

Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair’s passion for employee relations and human resources stems from her work in two family-run businesses and a decade-long career in hospitality management, where she and her staff were widely recognized for outstanding service and high-achieving standards and policies. Today, guided by years of experience on the front lines, she devotes her legal career to counseling and defending employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters arising under both state and federal laws. In addition to her experience in employment matters, Sylvia represents clients faced with investigations and commercial litigation.

Employment Litigation

Sylvia serves as litigation counsel for employers facing complex employment litigation disputes under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, Title VII, Section 1981, and the Immigration and Nationality Act. She also represents employers in litigation involving allegations of:

  • Discrimination and reverse discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Whistleblower/retaliation
  • Violations of FMLA, ADEA, ADA
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Trade secret misappropriation and violations of noncompetition and nonsolicitation provisions
  • Breach of contract claims

Licensed to practice law in Illinois and California, Sylvia has represented employers in jurisdictions throughout the country and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice, Illinois Department of Labor, and state human rights commissions and agencies.

Employment Counseling

Sylvia advises employers in connection with the development and implementation of employment practices, including issues related to hiring and firing, background checks, classification issues, workplace privacy, non-discrimination, reductions in force, unemployment benefits, and workshare programs.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois
California

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
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 Western District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Languages

Korean

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law
J.D. cum laude, Chicago-Kent Law Review (executive articles editor) (2013)

DePaul University
B.A. in Legal Studies (2010)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Illinois Updates Privacy Law to Address Social Media
    Co-author, SHRM, November 2016
  • Wage & Hour Issues — Compliance in 2016 and Beyond
    Labor & Employment and Benefits Seminar, Chicago, June 2016
  • Legal Issues When Using Social Media to Grow Your Business
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, March 2016
  • Lessons Learned in Human Resources From Pop Culture’s 2015 Memorable Moments
    Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, February 2016
  • Don’t Get Caught Spoiling: What Every Litigant Needs to Know If You Think You Might Be Sued
    Contributor, The Logistics Journal, Transportation Intermediaries Association, January 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Settlement Assistance Program — Successfully negotiated settlements involving discrimination on the basis of genetic information and § 1983 claims
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Illinois Coalition for Fair Sentencing of Children — Successfully obtained a new resentencing hearing for an individual serving a mandatory life-without parole sentence pursuant to the Illinois Supreme Court’s holding in People v. Addolfo Davis that the prohibition of mandatory life sentences for homicide offenses committed by juveniles would apply retroactively
  • National Immigrant Justice Center, Deferred Action Clinics — Assisted an immigrant youth who arrived to the United States during her childhood in completing and filing an application for deferral and work permit

Professional Associations

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) — Member, 2018-present
  • Women’s Bar Foundation — Board of Directors, 2015-19
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois — Member, 2013-present

Honors

  • Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Star, 2019-20
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) — Pathfinder, 2018
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016-19
  • Leading Lawyers —  Emerging Lawyer, 2017-19
  • The Chicago Committee, Rate My Pitch — Outstanding Individual Pitch, 2016
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