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Burton L. Reiter

Burton L. Reiter

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Chicago, IL, USA

Mr. Reiter has practiced in the field of Labor & Employment Law for over 40 years and was a labor and employment attorney for Kraft Foods from 1985 to 2013, having served as Chief Counsel - Labor & Employment from 1992. Mr. Reiter's practice focuses on advising and representing management in employment-related and labor relations matters. A key part of his in-house experience was the ability to partner with Human Resources and other management to provide practical advice to achieve business objectives while eliminating or minimizing legal risk.


Mr. Reiter's extensive experience includes advising on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, discipline and discharge, reorganizations and reductions-in-force, corporate policies, and wage and hour matters under various federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), The Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), Title VII of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA") and the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and their various state counterparts. Mr. Reiter's traditional labor experience includes defense of unfair labor practice charges and the handling of numerous labor arbitrations.

Admitted to Practice:

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Honors and Awards:

  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2008, 2009)
  • Elected as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2006)

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)


  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - "AOK, AOL, or SOL? Managing Leaves of Absence and Suspected Abuse" - Indianapolis - October 10, 2013
  • 38th Annual Institute on Employment Law – “RIFS and Reorganizations” – Chicago – 2009
  • 45th Annual Midwest Labor Law Conference, Ohio State Bar – “Lessons Learned in 20 Years of Workforce Reductions” – Columbus – 2008
  • 36th Annual Institute on Employment Law – “Drafting Employment-Related Agreements” – Chicago – 2007
  • 34th Annual Institute on Employment Law – “RIFS, Consolidation and Outsourcing” – Chicago - 2005

Published Works:

  • April 2009 – Journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel (co-authored) – “Smooth Sailing Through a RIF”
  • January 2002 – Aspen Law and Business –“Chapter on Employment Law for Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook”


J.D., University of Michigan, 1972

B.A., University of Michigan, 1969

Practice Areas:

Employment Law, Wage and Hour, Traditional Labor Relations


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