Joseph E. Tilson

Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Department at Cozen O'Connor

Joseph E. Tilson

Joseph E. Tilson

Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Department at Cozen O'Connor

Biography

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP
Contact Us
ChicagoPhoenixSan Francisco

HOME
OUR FIRM
DIVERSITY
PRACTICE AREAS
ATTORNEYS
NEWS
AWARDS
COMMUNITY
CAREERS



print page \ get printable pdf \ email this page

portrait
Joseph E. Tilson
Partner
Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP
Chicago Office
123 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1800
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Tel: 312 474 7880
Fax: 312 474 7898
joe.tilson@mbtlaw.com
vCard

Joe Tilson is a founding partner and serves as Co-Chair of the law firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP in Chicago, Illinois. A recognized authority in the area of labor and employment law, Joe represents employers in large scale employment litigation and labor arbitrations. In the past thirty years, he has tried over one hundred and fifty jury and non-jury cases before the full range of courts, administrative agencies and labor arbitrators. His clients include a number of the country’s largest public and private employers, and Illinois’ most prestigious universities, whom he represents in both traditional labor law matters and employment litigation. Joe is nationally known for his knowledge and success in handling large wage and hour class action cases, but he also has vast experience in collective bargaining involving large and complex bargaining units.

Joe has been recognized as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in Chicago. He was named the 2014 Chicago Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for the second time in the last four years; he was named one of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon; and he has consistently achieved a Tier 1 Labor and Employment ranking from Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Joe is a frequent lecturer, author and bar association leader. He regularly speaks on labor and employment issues for the American Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, Northwestern University's Corporate Council Institute, Chicago-Kent College of Law and many other educational institutions and associations. Joe is a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and is the former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. He currently serves on the ABA’s Council, the governing body of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Joe also serves on the Board of Managers of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

Prior to entering private practice, Joe served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Publications:

Joe's most recent publications include:
Labor and Employment Law 2011: The Year in Review – NU Corporate Counsel Institute
Effective Mediation in Wage and Hour Litigation – ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting
Labor and Employment Law 2010: The Year in Review – NU Corporate Counsel Institute
Hot Topics in Wage & Hour Law – Practising Law Institute
Labor and Employment Law 2008: The Year in Review – NU Corporate Counsel Institute
Click here for a more complete list of Joe's publications.

Presentations:

Joe's most recent presentations include:
Joe Tilson spoke at the 5th Annual ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
Joe Tilson spoke at Bridgeport CE’s 7th Annual Wage and Hour Litigation Conference in San Francisco
On October 6, 2011, Joe Tilson moderated a panel discussion entitled "Updates in Employment Law" for Northwestern University's Annual Corporate Counsel Institute.
Northwestern University School of Law’s 46th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute
“Unique Ethical Issues Raised by Settling Class and Collective Action Lawsuits,” Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Conference
“Ethical and Practical Issues Posed by Settling Wage and Hour Litigation,” 4th Annual ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference
Click here for a more complete list of Joe's presentations.





Education:
University of Michigan School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1979)
University of Michigan (B.A., 1976 with Highest Distinction)

Admitted to Practice:
Illinois
U.S. District Courts (Northern and Central Illinois, Colorado, Eastern Wisconsin)
Court of Appeals (Third, Fifth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits)
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities:
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers – Fellow and Regional Director
American Bar Association – Council Member of Labor & Employment Section; Past Chair: Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition; Past-Chair: Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee; Fair Labor Standards Act Subcommittee; Age Discrimination Subcommittee; Equal Pay Act Subcommittee.
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago – Board of Managers

Peer Recognitions/Awards:
2011 Chicago Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Tier 1 Ranking
Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resource Network and Lawdragon
Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers
Leading Lawyers Network Illinois
Outstanding Lawyers of America
International Who’s Who of Management Labor and Employment Lawyers
Martindale & Hubbell – AV rated (highest rating for legal ability and ethics)

Upcoming Events:
NACUA 2014 Annual Conference
CLE Program

News:
Chambers USA Recognizes MBT for Labor and Employment, Insurance Coverage Practices, Features Five Partners as Notable Practitioners
At MBT, 20 Years of Success
Law Dragon/Human Resource Executive names Joe Tilson as a "Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyer"
Joe Tilson named Best Lawyers’ Chicago Employment Law Lawyer of the Year
Chambers USA Recognizes MBT for its Labor and Employment and Insurance Coverage Practices
Super Lawyers Names 21 MBT Attorneys to 2013 Lists
Tilson Co-Chairs ABA’s Trial Advocacy Competition
Joseph Tilson Co-Chairs ABA’s Trial Advocacy Competition
Law Dragon/Human Resource Executive names Joe Tilson as a "Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyer"
Joe Tilson named Best Lawyers’
“Chicago Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year”
Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 24 MBT Lawyers
Joe Tilson named to Lawdragon’s List of Most Powerful Employment Attorneys
Fifteen MBT Attorneys Named to 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers List; MBT Attorneys also Recognized on Texas and Arizona Super Lawyers List
Joe Tilson Co-Chairs National Finals of ABA's Student Trial Advocacy Competition
13 MBT Partners Named "Illinois Super Lawyers;" Tilson "Top 100;" Argionis and Wermuth "Rising Stars"
Former Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine joins Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson
Top-Ranked in Chambers Guide
Meckler Bulger & Tilson Expands Its Name, Adds Two Founding Partners to Masthead
10 MB&T Lawyers Named Illinois Super Lawyers

Home | Our Firm | Practice Areas | Attorneys | News | Events | Publications | Awards | Community | Careers | Contact Us

Disclaimer.Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved. Attorney Advertisement

Overview
Career Highlights

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP

RelSci Relationships

1048

Number of Boards

2

Contact Data
Trying to get in touch with Joseph E. Tilson? Subscribe today to access their professional contact information and receive a one time promotion of free Contact Data credits!
Relationships
RelSci Relationships are individuals Joseph E. Tilson likely has professional access to. A relationship does not necessarily indicate a personal connection.

Managing Partner at Cozen O'Connor

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman at Cozen O'Connor

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Co-Chair, Litigation Section at Cozen O'Connor

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Former Member (Attorney) at Cozen O'Connor

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Chairman, Founder at Cozen O'Connor

Relationship likelihood: Strong

President & Chief Executive Officer at YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago LLC

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Chief Diversity Officer at Cozen O'Connor

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Partner at Cozen O'Connor

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Member (Attorney) at Cozen O'Connor

Relationship likelihood: Strong

Member (Attorney) at Cozen O'Connor

Relationship likelihood: Strong

In The News
The Daily Telegraph (London)
August 24, 2019
Birthdays
The Daily Telegraph (London)
June 18, 2018
Malcolm Morley
The Daily Telegraph (London)
March 23, 2017
Portraits you can't take your eyes off
Paths to Joseph E. Tilson
Potential Connections via
Relationship Science
You
Joseph E. Tilson
Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Department at Cozen O'Connor
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1979

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

BA with Highest Distinction
Class of 1976

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, UMich, or U of M), frequently referred to as simply Michigan, is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It is one of the original eight Public Ivy universities and is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. It has been ranked among the top five research universities in the US, and among the top 20 universities in the world. U-M also has satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn.

Memberships
Fellow
Current

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, was founded in 1995 on the 60th anniversary of the National Labor Relations Board and the 30th anniversary of Title VII and Executive Order 11246. The College began as a non -profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of Labor and Employment Law. It has now evolved to become an intellectual and practical resource for the support of our profession and our many audiences. The primary purpose of the College is recognition of individuals, sharing knowledge and delivering value to the many different groups who can benefit from its value model.

Member

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Career History
Founding Partner
Prior - 2015

Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP provides General litigation, insurance and employment law, small business representation.

Clerk
Prior

The federal courts of appeals are the intermediate appellate courts between the district (trial) courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. There are thirteen courts of appeals: eleven numbered circuits (First through Eleventh), the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Federal Circuit. The numbered circuits, including the Tenth Circuit, provide appellate review of all cases tried in the district courts within the geographic area of their jurisdiction; they also decide appeals brought to them by residents of the circuit from various administrative tribunals, including the Tax Court and agencies of the federal government. The territorial jurisdiction of the Tenth Circuit includes the six states of Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, plus those portions of the Yellowstone National Park extending into Montana and Idaho.

Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Department
2015 - Current

Cozen O'Connor provides legal services in areas of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, IPOs, corporate governance and compliance, insurance corporate and regulatory matters, securities, tax, real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property, health law, public finance, employee benefits, trust and estates, and energy, environmental and public utilities. The company was founded in 1970 and is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Boards & Committees
Member, National Board of Directors
2015 - Current

Cozen O'Connor provides legal services in areas of business law, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, IPOs, corporate governance and compliance, insurance corporate and regulatory matters, securities, tax, real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property, health law, public finance, employee benefits, trust and estates, and energy, environmental and public utilities. The company was founded in 1970 and is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Vice Chair, Board of Managers
Current

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.

This web site is not endorsed by, directly affiliated with, maintained, authorized, or sponsored by Joseph E. Tilson. The use of any trade name or trademark is for identification and reference purposes only and does not imply any association with the trademark holder. The Presence of Joseph E. Tilson's profile does not indicate a business or promotional relationship of any kind between RelSci and Joseph E. Tilson.