Chicago Employment Law. Know Your Rights. Know Your Options.

Finding a path through any difficult situation is hard. Whether considering an employment or severance agreement or battling discrimination or retaliation, as an employee you have rights. As a manager, you have obligations because in many situations you can be personally liable. Either way, you have options.

Bryan Wood, lead attorney at The Wood Law Office, LLC is a Chicago employment attorney who concentrates in helping protect employees’ civil rights by ensuring employees and managers understand their rights, obligations and options.

Years of experience representing employers – including municipalities, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies – allows for unique insight into legal issues employees and employers face.

And years of experience representing employees in negotiations, mediations, arbitrations and court proceedings – including class actions – allows for dependable, dedicated and determined representation in all Chicago employment law matters.

Whether you’re worried that you’re being asked to do something illegal, trying to survive an unanticipated job change, negotiating an agreement or seeking to press your claims to the fullest, you should know your rights. If you are manager, you should know your obligations – because in many situations you can be individually liable for what happens at work. Either way, you should know your options and Bryan is the Chicago employment attorney to assist you.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Discrimination with respect to hiring, pay, promotion, termination or other employment opportunities.
  • Discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, family rights and responsibilities, military status, sexual orientation or other protected status.
  • Harassment or hostile environment.
  • Retaliation, whistle-blowing and wrongful termination.
  • Wages, overtime, vacation and improper withholdings.
  • Employment agreements, severance agreements and compensation agreements.
  • Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

Call 312-554-8600 today to arrange your free initial consultation

­­­Attorney J. Bryan Wood

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois (1999)
  • United States Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit (2014)
  • Sixth Circuit (2001)
  • United States District Courts N.D. Ill. (1999)
  • C.D. Ill. (2002)
  • S.D. Ill. (2000)­­

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • National Employment Lawyers Assoc. (2005 – present)
  • NELA-Illinois (2006 – present)
  • Secretary (2014-Present)
  • Board Member (2008-Present)
  • Practice Resources Comm. Co-Chair (2009-Present)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (2007 – present)
  • Labor & Employment Section
  • Chicago Bar Association (2004 – present)
  • Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Committee (2011-2013)
  • Class Litigation Committee
  • Federal Bar Association (2013 – present)
  • American Association for Justice (2014 – present)
  • American Bar Foundation – Fellow (2018-present)
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of Chicago, Inc. (2015 – present)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2001 – present)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (2005 – present)
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (2001 – present)

­­­Attorney Ryan O. Estes

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois (2013)
  • Northern District of Illinois (2014)


  • University of Michigan, B.A. in English Language and Literature with Honors (2010)
  • The John Marshall Law School, Juris Doctor (2013)

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • American Constitution Society
    • Board of Directors
    • Assistant Director of Programming

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