Cardelle Spangler is a partner in Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office concentrating her practice in employment relations litigation and counseling matters.
Ms. Spangler has extensive experience representing employers in complex class action, collective action, multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff employment litigation. She has substantial trial experience before state and federal courts, as well as arbitrators. Ms. Spangler has successfully defended collective action lawsuits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act; class action lawsuits brought under ERISA alleging breaches of fiduciary duties against corporate and individual defendants; claims brought under ERISA for denial of benefits and discrimination; claims brought under various state and federal statutes for age, race, sex, color, religion, and disability discrimination and/or harassment; and common law and/or statutory claims for unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, and various torts. Ms. Spangler has conducted harassment and other investigations, drafted employment and independent contractor agreements, and conducted labor and employment training.
Ms. Spangler has significant experience representing clients in the medical device, pharmaceutical, food service, financial service, and transportation industries.
Ms. Spangler’s recent significant litigation matters include:
- successfully prosecuting motions for temporary injunctive relief on behalf of major pharmaceutical and medical device company
- achieving substantial victory for a medical device company in a jury trial in federal court against claims of sex and pregnancy discrimination
- successfully defending a major restaurant chain against allegations of minimum wage, overtime and pay stub violations under the FLSA and Illinois state law
- prevailing on a motion to dismiss all claims against the independent fiduciary to a major airline’s ERISA-covered plans in a class action lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA
- successfully defending a major airline in a two-week jury and bench trial in federal court against claims of retaliatory discharge
- achieving substantial victory for consulting firm in a three-week jury trial in state court against tort and discrimination claims
In 2010, Ms. Spangler was appointed by a federal judge to serve as compliance administrator for the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. Her responsibilities include(d), among other things, adjudicating employee claims of unlawful political discrimination, including awarding damages where appropriate; training the Recorder, supervisors and employees on unlawful political discrimination; monitoring and reporting on employment actions of the office; drafting an employment plan for approval by the parties and the court to ensure proper policies and procedures are established and followed to help prevent unlawful political discrimination in the office; and filing periodic public reports with the court on the office’s progress toward substantially complying with the terms of the court’s order.
Ms. Spangler has been selected as an Illinois Rising Star.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Spangler is a member of the firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Academy of Urban Schools Leadership.
Ms. Spangler received a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in 1991 and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1997, where she was a member of the Washington University Law Quarterly.