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Abad Lopez

Abad Lopez



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

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Employment and Labor Group
Technology, Media & Communications Group

Illinois, U.S.A.


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 antidiscrimination 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.  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 | Wage & Hour


Return To Work Guide: An Employer’s Post-Pandemic Handbook
Dykema, May 2020

As many states and municipalities begin lifting stay at home orders and implementing steps for a phased reopening of businesses, employers should be developing a written “game plan” to minimize the risks of transitioning from a COVID-19 complete or partial shutdown to resumption of business as usual, or business in the post-Pandemic workplace...

DOL Issues More FFCRA Compliance Guidance on Paid Leaves
Dykema, April 2020

Guidance Focuses on Concurrent Leave Issues, Hours to be Paid During Leaves, and Regular Rates of Pay Applicable Now that covered employers are providing paid leaves under the Families First Coronavirus Act (the “FFCRA”), more questions about the FFCRA’s nuances are surfacing...

In the Nick of Time: Department of Labor Issues Regulations Interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Dykema, April 2020

On April 1, the DOL provided employers with further clarity on the FFCRA by publishing temporary regulations. These regulations will be effective from April 1, 2020, until December 31, 2020—the same effective period of the FFCRA. Also relevant to employers, the IRS issued guidance regarding the FFCRA tax credit...


Labor & Employment Law Blog

In the rapidly evolving field of labor and employment law, we know that employers need to stay informed about changes in the law, and how these changes impact day-to-day business operations. Dykema’s Labor & Employment Law Blog (www.laboremployment-lawblog.com) discusses important labor and...

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