Women in Law 2022



C ardelle Spangler is the managing partner of Winston’s Chicago office. She has represented clients in complex class action, collective action, multi-plaintiff, and single plaintiff employment litigation. Cardelle has substantial trial experience before state and federal courts, as well as arbitrators. She has successfully defended collective action lawsuits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act; class action lawsuits brought under ERISA alleging breaches of fiduciary duties against corporate and individual defendants; claims brought under ERISA for denial of benefits and discrimination; claims brought under various state and federal statutes for age, race, sex, color, religion, and disability discrimination and/or harassment; and common law and/or statutory claims for unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, and various torts. Cardelle has also conducted harassment and other investigations, drafted employment and independent contractor agreements, and conducted labor and employment training. In 2010, Cardelle was appointed by a federal judge to serve as compliance administrator for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. Her responsibilities include(d), among other things, adjudicating employee claims of unlawful political discrimination, including awarding damages where appropriate; training the Recorder, supervisors and employees on unlawful political discrimination; monitoring and reporting on employment actions of the office; drafting an employment plan for approval by the parties and the court to ensure proper policies and procedures are established and followed to help prevent unlawful political discrimination in the office; and filing periodic public reports with the court on the office’s progress toward substantially complying with the terms of the court’s order. Cardelle was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as the 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation-Labor and Employment. She has been selected as a 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Illinois “Super Lawyer.” She was recognized as a “Labor & Employment Star” in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation. She was also selected as a 2016 “Leading Woman Lawyer” by Law Bulletin. Cardelle was selected as a 2015 Illinois Super Lawyer and an Illinois “Rising Star.” In addition, Cardelle was selected as a 2015 “Leading Lawyer” by Law Bulletin. In February 2022, Cardelle was among the team of lawyers named as runners-up for “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer for their representation of current and former members of the U.S. Women’s National Team in their landmark settlement of the equal pay portion of their lawsuit seeking to equalize pay and working conditions between the men’s and women’s U.S. national soccer teams. Cardelle is a member of the firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Academy of Urban Schools Leadership.



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