Kevin Fritz

Kevin Fritz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Chicago, IL

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
 | 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 8000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-460-5000
Fax: 312-460-7000
Selected To Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2015
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer
    Attorney Profile

    Kevin approaches the practice of law with realistic and practical solutions that incorporate advanced technology and new approaches to age-old problems. While his focus begins with proactive measures to avoid litigation, Kevin unabashedly prepares his clients for battle when necessary. Kevin is well-versed in all aspects of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and numerous other federal, state, and local discrimination laws.

    Clients seek Kevin’s counsel when they are facing accessibility issues, either at brick-and-mortar locations or virtually, through their online presences. Kevin has a physical disability himself, so he is fully aware of the spectrum of considerations that arise under the ADA. And as a member of Seyfarth Shaw's nationally recognized specialty Disability Access and Defense Team, Kevin assists his clients through issues related to architectual barriers, website accessibility, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines compliance, effective communication, service animals, and other public accomodations matters arising under Title II and III of the ADA, and state disability access laws. But above all, clients seek out Kevin when they are looking for practical solutions to complicated issues. Clients find his straightforward, risk-reducing approach reassuring as they navigate unchartered and ever-changing territories.

    As a proactive, forward-thinking, and innovative attorney, Kevin often uses technology to enhance the service he provides to his clients. For instance, he developed an automated counseling tool for one of the world's largest staffing agencies. The tool allows its many users to submit queries, which, when responded to, create critical data points that can be used to identify areas of the law for additional employee training, policy revisions, and other day-to-day company action items. Since creating the tool, Kevin's ideas on the automation of counseling services have been adopted by several long-term Seyfarth clients.

    Kevin has spoken extensively on various aspects of disability, disability education, diversity, empowerment, and the importance of workplaces that value employees of all backgrounds. He is the proud co-chair of Seyfarth's All Abilities Affinity Group, spearheading the implementation of inclusive and rewarding work environments that value all. Kevin is regularly quoted by news cources such as Forbes, Corporate Counsel, Newsy, Law Practice Today, and LXBN, and his work has appeared in publications such as the Society for Human Resource Management and the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education.

    About Kevin Fritz

    Admitted: 2015, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: http://www.seyfarth.com/KevinFritz

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    •  Access Living, Board of Directors, 2013
    • American Bar Association, 2020
    • Chicago Bar Association, 2018

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • I have represented several pro bono matters at my firm and serve on my firm's pro bono committee.  Most recently, I represent an individual seeking asylum who is disabled and a member of the LGBT community.  I also represent and supervise junior lawyers interested in Guardian ad litem cases for disabled adults.  I am deeply connected to the disability community.  You can learn more about these efforts here: https://www.cvls.org/sites/all/files/newsletter/news18feb.pdf, 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • I regularly present on issues of public accommodation, special education, diversity in the workplace, and labor and employment issues.  For example, I have participated in: “In-House Counsel Networking Meeting,” Illinois Counsel of School Attorneys,  Chicago, IL (May 3, 2017) “ADA Compliance & Your Business Workshop,” presented by RPBA, The Law Project and the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, Chicago, IL (January 26, 2017) "Website Accessibility Under Section 504 and the ADA," Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE) Fall Conference (September 29, 2016) “Accessibility, Technology, Empowerment,” Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (June 15, 2016) "Lived Experiences," Department of Occupational Science and Therapy, St. Louis University (2013) "Living a Motivated Life," Department of Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis (2012) “Siemens Disability Affinity Group Launch,” St. Louis Missouri (2011) “Disability Awareness Month Kickoff,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011), Keynote Speaker, Businesses, Disability Community, 2013

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • I have proudly been a part of more than 75 settlements on behalf of clients ranging from the hospitality industry to the medical field.  Many of my clients deal with access defense issues and I work zealously to resolve their issues, but also promote accessibility of their services and goods that they offer., 2013

    Representative Clients:

    • I have represented or provided counseling to hundreds of clients in the past 5 years, some of which include: Aldi, Amazon, GE, Chicago Cubs, Crestline Hotels, Wyndham, Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental, TGI Friday's, Merck, Kelly Services, Chick-fil-A, American Girl, and Smart Stop.  , 2013

    Videos:

    • ExcelAbility: the ability to excel. That's what we as people with disabilities expect from ourselves, and what we ask our colleagues, managers and employers to expect from us. Held on April 19, 2018, the ACC-NYC All Abilities Legal Resource Group hosted this engaging CLE event. The panel addressed questions such as “What are the success factors that have enabled those with disabilities to succeed?” and “Why hire people with disabilities?” It was an honor to be a part of this program., ACC Excel Ability, Business, Corporate, Disability Rights, 2018
    • I serve as vice chair of one of the only affinity groups with a focus on all abilities in law firms.  We strive to promote inclusion but also bring about diversity and incorporate all people into our programs., All Abilities, Businesses, Diversity, Inclusion, Law Firms, 2018

    Newsletters:

    • I have been quoted by news sources such as ForbesCorporate Counsel, and LXBN, and my work has appeared in publications such as the Society for Human Resource Management and the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education.  I have been recognized nationally by the American Bar Association as someone "transforming the legal profession."  , Various Legal and Professional Publications, Business, Disability Rights, Law Firms
    • I was honored to be profiled by the Chicago Lawyer on my pro bono efforts and my success as an attorney living with a physical disability., Chicago Lawyer, Advocacy, Business Interests, Disability Rights, Pro Bono

    Educational Background:

    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, degrees in public health and computer science, 2010

    Industry Groups

    • Food Service
    • Hotel & Lodging
    • Retail
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    Office Location for Kevin Fritz

    233 South Wacker Drive
    Suite 8000
    Chicago, IL 60606

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    Last Updated: 9/14/2020

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