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Gwen V. Carroll Ltd.


Principal and founder of GVC, Ltd., Gwen Carroll brings her fervent commitment to effective, results-oriented advocacy and counsel for individual and corporate clients in:

·         all areas of labor and employment transactional law and litigation;

·         general commercial transactions and litigation; and

·         day-to-day advice and counsel.

Gwen is an honors graduate of DePaul University College of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the DePaul Law Review.  She brings her prior experience as a partner in two of Chicago’s most prominent law firms to deliver high-impact results to her clients. 

In the advocacy arena, Gwen’s practice includes extensive civil litigation and trial experience in state and federal forums, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, Illinois Human Rights Commission hearings, industrial and commercial arbitrations, and federal and state wage-and-hour proceedings.

In the transactional context, Gwen regularly negotiates complex employment and partnership agreements for senior executives, management employees, and partnering professionals.

Committed to finding the root causes of workplace conflict, Gwen has conducted numerous corporate in-house seminars aimed at training both upper-level management and first-level supervisors to understand the situations that can create liability for the employer, the operation of good complaint procedures, and the importance of prompt, thoughtful, and thorough investigations.

Gwen is a contributing author to the Bureau of National Affairs’ books Sexual Harassment in Employment Law and Age Discrimination in Employment Law, and she speaks frequently on a multitude of employment law topics.  Television appearances include:

·         Featured employment law consultant on WGN-TV series entitled “Smoke-Free in the ‘90s”

·         CBS’s “Money Talks,” interviewed by Terry Savage on Chicago’s Smoking Ordinance

·         NBC Dateline, commenting on the issue of breast-feeding in the workplace.

Professional memberships:  American Bar Association ("ABA"), ABA Sections of Labor and Employment Law, Law Practice Division, Litigation, and Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; Illinois State Bar Association; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois; and Chicago Bar Association.  Past appointments include Lecturer of Labor Law at Loyola University School of Law, and Chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association’s Client Development and Firm Economics Committee, Young Lawyers Division.  Undergraduate degree:  Georgetown University.



·         Contributing Author: Age Discrimination in Employment Law

BNA Book

·         Contributing Author: Sexual Harassment in Employment Law

BNA Book Supplement

·         Negligent Hiring and Retention: An Old Doctrine Gets New Attention (An Overview of the Doctrine and State-to- Roundup of Case Briefs)

American Bar Association Section on Labor and Employment Law: Papers Presented at Mid-Winter Meeting

·         Age Discrimination in Employment Act: Early Retirement Incentive Programs

Health Law Vigil Labor Relations Report


·         Avoiding FMLA Lawsuits: Dos and Don’ts For Managers

Council On Education In Management:  FMLA Update

·         Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination

Moraine Valley Community College:  Staff Day

·         Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination

Council On Education In Management:  Personnel Law Update

·      Program Moderator: Personnel Law Update Conference

Council On Education In Management

·      Wage and Hour Law: Comp Time, Overtime and All That Stuff

Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) State Conference

·      Beyond The Neutral Reference: Negligent Hiring and Background Checks

Society of Human Resource Professionals

("SHRP"):  The Legal Aspects of Reference Checking

·      Americans with Disabilities Act

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago:  Quarterly Luncheon

·      Sexual Harassment, Family Leave, Glass Ceiling and Other Women's Issues in The Workplace

Council On Education In Management:  Personnel Law Update

·      Making Contacts Work for You: Exploring Worlds Where You Haven't Been Before

Chicago Bar Association Chicago Legal Careers Consortium:  Windy City Law Career Conference

·      Sexual Harassment: What Is It And What Is It Not?

Park District Risk Management Agency:  Understanding Personnel Law

·      "And I'll Huff and I'll Puff and I'll Smoke on the Job!"

Coffield, Ungaretti, Harris & Slavin:  Smoking in the Workplace: Employer/Employee Rights and Responsibilities

·         Labor and Employment Notes

Private Business Forum Luncheon

·      How to Negotiate and Draft a Separation Agreement and Release

Council On Education In Management:  Practical Applications in Employment Law Today

·      Negligent Hiring and Retention: An Old Doctrine Getting a Lot of New Attention

International Association for Personnel Women:  Midland Hotel Meeting

·      Smoking in the Workplace: Employer/Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Chicago Lung Association:  Indoor Air Quality Seminar

·      Employee Performance Appraisals: A Lawyer's Perspective

Council On Education In Management Workshop: How to Write and Conduct Employee Performance Appraisals

·      Beyond the Neutral Reference: Pre-Employment Procedures in the 90s

The Professional Network for Women of Chicago: Personnel:  A View from Both Sides of the Deck

·      Negligent Hiring and Retention: Employer Negligence as a Cause of Action Today

Council On Education In Management Workshop:  Personnel Law Update

·      Drug Testing in the Workplace

Greater O'Hare Business Coalition Meeting