As a litigator focused primarily on employment law, Meredith Pike finds that working with both employees and employers offers her a better understanding of the challenges each side faces. Her clients, mainly from the banking, manufacturing and construction industries, appreciate Meredith’s well-rounded perspective as she lays out their options or what they should expect in court.
Employers depend on her knowledgeable experience in discrimination and wage claims, temporary injunctions in trade secrets cases, and any number of other issues that arise from doing business. She advises companies on enforceable restrictive covenants and works with them to develop effective policies and procedures, employee handbooks, and employment and severance agreements.
Meredith enjoys sharing her knowledge of best practices in hiring and terminating. She also considers it a good day when she is able to help an employer identify an existing problem and find a way to do things better.
Employees seek her counsel as well, with concerns including restrictive covenants and review of employment and severance agreements.
For the past two years, Meredith served as an advisor to the National Association of Women in Construction.
Although advocating tenaciously on behalf of her clients in court, Meredith recognizes that litigation is not always the right solution. Whenever possible, she encourages clients to explore alternative dispute resolutions, such as mediation or arbitration. At the front end of a case, she assesses her client’s position and provides a cost estimate on moving forward with litigation. Clients appreciate this circumspect assessment of their case up front, and it often helps them decide how to proceed.
An excellent communicator, Meredith also makes it her business to keep clients up to date on new developments in employment law.
She was named an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2012 to 2018; Leading Lawyers honored her as an Emerging Lawyer in 2015 to 2018.
At Chuhak & Tecson, Meredith serves as an Ombudsman and is actively involved with the Litigation and Employment practice groups. She was a panelist at an Illinois State Bar Association symposium on best practical and legal tips for hiring and firing employees.
With three young children at home, Meredith’s after-hours life is happily spent with family. She also enjoys prioritizing personal fitness and teaching religious education for her parish.