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Michael G. Congiu

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Chicago, IL, USA


Michael Congiu complements his broad labor and employment litigation and counseling practice with three specific and distinct areas of focus:

  • Multiemployer pension plan counseling and litigation, and other employee benefits litigation
  • Business and human rights, and international labor standards
  • Leave and disability accommodation litigation and counseling

Michael's broad litigation practice includes specific skills regarding multiemployer pension plans. He regularly counsels and represents employers with issues involving the interplay between collective bargaining, multiemployer pension plan obligations, and withdrawal liability touching on the following laws:

  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • The Taft-Hartley Act
  • The Pension Protection Act
  • The Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act

Michael also is recognized for his significant knowledge regarding business and human rights and international labor issues, and is a frequent speaker and author on these topics. He has spoken repeatedly as a voice for business on these issues at the United Nations, and he regularly counsels multinational employers on business and human rights issues, international labor standards, brand protection, and responding to global corporate campaigns, including in connection with the following:

  • The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • The International Labour Organization and its Committee on Freedom of Association
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • The United Nations Global Compact

While in law school, Michael served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Joan Gottschall of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and as a legal extern for Hon. Margaret Lee Herbert, supervisory administrative law judge at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He served as notes and comments editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Reviewand was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. In college, he was captain of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's men's soccer team.

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