Each year, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers honors leading lawyers in the practice of labor and employment law. Induction as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of “sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying dedication and excellence.”
As a clinical professor in the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, Gonzalez represents employees and employers in a wide variety of discrimination, wrongful discharge, and defamation cases in federal and state court and in anti-discrimination agencies. His practice places particular emphasis on cases involving victims of employment discrimination and negotiation of severance agreements.
In 2008, he received an Award for Excellence in Public Interest from the United States District Court and the Chicago chapter of the Federal Bar Association for his public service work. For the past four years, Gonzales has served as a co-executive editor of the leading treatise Employment Discrimination Law by Lindemann & Grossman (BNA).
Prior to joining the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 1988, he was a litigator with the Chicago law firm of James D. Montgomery and Associates. Gonzales also spent four years as an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, and three years as an administrative law judge for the State of Illinois Human Rights Commission. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois.
Gonzales earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his law degree at Ohio State University College of Law.