Roberta (Bobbie) Holzwarth is the Chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor Group.
Bobbie represents employers in various employment and labor matters, including: counseling in complex ADA, EEO, FMLA and other workplace matters, sexual harassment investigations and training, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, preparation of employment and no-compete agreements, and the preparation and review of employee handbooks and personnel policies. Bobbie also represents employers and employee welfare benefit plans in connection with employee benefit matters.
Bobbie’s litigation experience includes the representation of employers in discrimination and sexual harassment cases, retaliatory discharge and other “employment tort” cases such as those involving tortious interference, defamation and breach of privacy claims, and breach of contract cases. Her experience also includes litigation of unfair competition claims, ERISA and COBRA benefit claims, FLSA and other wage claims, as well as prevailing wage claims. She has represented employers in state and federal court, and in administrative proceedings before the United States and Illinois Departments of Labor, as well as the NLRB and the Illinois State Labor Relations Board.
Bobbie also serves as a certified mediator with the local state and federal courts.
University of Illinois JD (cum laude) 1983
Stanford University BA 1980
State of Illinois 1983
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit 1989
U.S. Office of Congressional Workplace Rights (Board of Directors 2000-Present)
Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (Board of Directors 2013-Present; Chair 2014-Present)
Transform Rockford (Steering Committee 2014-Present; Chair 2017-Present)
YMCA of Rock River Valley (Board of Directors 2004-Present, Chair 2008-2011)
United Way of Rock River Valley (Board of Directors 1994-2000, 2005-2011)
Board of Fire and Police Commissioners of the City of Rockford, Illinois (Secretary 1990-2004)
Winnebago County Bar Association (President 1999-2000)
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
“Leading Lawyer”, Illinois
“Super Lawyer”, Illinois
Martindale-Hubbell – AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated