ZACHARY C. JACKSON practices in the firm's Chicago office.


Mr. Jackson is an experienced labor and employment attorney. He has experience advising clients on—and, when necessary, litigating—a broad range of employment related matters, including class and single plaintiff lawsuits involving wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower, harassment, employee benefits, and employment contract claims in federal, state, and administrative forums across the country. Mr. Jackson advises a wide range of clients—from Fortune 50 companies to small family-owned businesses to individuals—concerning employment issues arising on both coasts and most places in between.

Along the way, Mr. Jackson has developed a particular focus on helping companies with employee mobility issues and protecting their trade secrets, proprietary information, customer relationships, investments in talent, and other assets. He has substantial experience litigating trade secret, non-compete, non-solicitation, raiding, and other restrictive covenant matters in numerous industries (including health care, financial services, insurance, energy, art, education, real estate, staffing, engineering, retail, printing, beauty, food, and third-party logistics). Additionally, he regularly counsels companies on drafting and implementing employment contracts, restrictive covenants, and other related policies.

Mr. Jackson is also a frequent author and lecturer on restrictive covenant and trade secret matters for numerous organizations, including West Publishing, the Practical Law Company, the Bureau of National Affairs, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.


Mr. Jackson also regularly advises health care companies and practitioners on commercial and employment contracting matters; regulatory issues (including corporate practice of medicine, optometry, dentistry, and veterinary medicine matters); scope of practice matters; whistleblower and employment issues; restrictive covenant, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition matters; and governmental investigations (including qui tam matters).


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D., 2003)
  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois