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Abad Lopez

Abad Lopez



  • Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Labor & Employment

WSG Practice Industries


Illinois, U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

Employment and Labor Group
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group

Abad Lopez leads Chicago’s labor and employment practice, focusing on representing corporate clients with complex employment matters, including class action and multiplaintiff employment discrimination and harassment lawsuits, state law overtime class actions, privacy claims, FLSA collective actions, and trade secret and restrictive covenant matters. He represents employers throughout the U.S. in matters arising under federal and state anti-discrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the FMLA, labor-management relations laws, and state law wrongful discharge claims. Abad also advises clients on preventive measures, including reviewing policies, counseling on disciplinary actions and investigations, negotiating severance and executive employment agreements, and conducting employment practices reviews. He has also counseled numerous clients in complying with BIPA disclosures and policies pre and post-litigation. Abad has almost two decades of experience representing Fortune 50 employers in a wide array of labor and employment matters.

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Lopez was served in various leadership roles at other international law firms and Fortune 50 corporations.

Bar Admissions



University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2001
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, B.A., 1998
Areas of Practice

Dykema Delivers HR Innovation | Employment Counseling | Employment Litigation | Labor & Employment | Litigation | Privacy and Data Security | Wage & Hour


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Dykema, September 2020

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Dykema, May 2020

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