Ellen B. Rothenberg

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Contact/Location
Office: Arlington Heights
[email protected]
847-670-9000 (office)
847-670-7334 (fax)

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EDUCATION
University of WisconsinMadison, B.B.A.1991 

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., High Honors, 1996 

  • Senior Associate, Chicago-Kent Law Review 

  • Kent Legal Scholars 

  • Order of Coif  

  • Amjur Award – Legal Writing 

As a partner in the firm, Ellen Rothenberg concentrates her practice in the areas of labor and employment law. Ellen focuses her work on traditional labor issues including managing grievances/arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and collective bargaining. She also handles a broad spectrum of personnel matters, including counseling clients on leave of absence issues, navigating disability related matters, guiding difficult employee performance concerns, drafting employment contracts, and advising on employee discipline and dismissal issues. In addition, Ellen has extensive experience working with clients on investigating employee misconduct claims and counseling clients toward a sound, practical resolution. Ellen’s experience also spans practicing before a variety of administrative agencies, including the EEOC, IDHR and the IELRB, as well as conducting administrative hearings in a variety of forums.

Clients turn to Ellen for her innovative and effective skills managing complex employee discipline matters and the difficult balance between employee and management rights. She works with clients to provide creative solutions to complex school law issues including reductions in force, tenured teacher rights, the coordination of employee leave rights and managing labor relations and difficult union challenges.

Most important to Ellen, is spending time with her husband, three children, and dog. Ellen’s active family enjoys traveling, the great outdoors, and annual family ski trips. Passionate about running and cycling, Ellen often competes in triathlons.



  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member, 1996 – Present  

  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, 1996 – Present  

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1996 – 2019  



  • Jewish United Fund, Member,  

  • Anti-Defamation League, Member 



  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2021 



  • Leaves of Absence With or Without COVID-19 Accommodation, co-presenter, Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, 2021

  • Labor Relations: Overview and Certification of the Bargaining Unit, Chapter of the 2021 IICLE School Law Edition: Personnel and Student Issues, 2021

  • Writing Evaluations that Withstand Scrutiny, co-presenter, Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, 2019

  • Reduction-in-Force, Discipline/Dismissal of Teachers, In-Service, 2017, 2018

  • Conducting Employee Investigations, Administrator In-Service, 2017

  • Contract Language: The Highs and Lows from the Attorneys’ Perspective, co- presenter, Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, 2017

  • How to Deal with the Use, Misuse and Abuse of Union Grievances, co-presenter, Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, 2016

  • Collective Bargaining Agreements – Process, Practice, and Pitfalls, co-presenter, Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, 2015

  • Performance Evaluations After PERA and Ed Reform, IASA/IASB/IASBO, 2011

  • Identifying and Responding to Disabled Employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, NSBA publication