Joel C. Griswold

Partner

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Overview

Joel Griswold, a class action defense attorney and problem solver, makes it his singular focus to obtain results at minimal cost and interruption to business operations. His nationwide practice includes, but is not limited to, successfully defending class actions arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), and the panoply of other federal and state consumer protection laws.

In addition to defending against class actions, Joel regularly counsels clients to mitigate and avoid class actions.

Select Experience

  • Won motion to dismiss putative nationwide FCRA class action and California state law class actions alleging improper disclosure and authorization.

  • Won motion to dismiss putative nationwide FCRA class action alleging improper disclosure and authorization.

  • Won motion to dismiss putative nationwide FCRA class action alleging unauthorized credit inquiries on consumers after the discharge of debts through bankruptcy.

  • Successfully defended a consumer reporting agency in a putative nationwide FCRA class action alleging improper disclosure and authorization where, in response to a motion to dismiss, the plaintiff voluntarily withdrew his class claim rather than respond.

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Experience

  • Won motion to dismiss putative nationwide FCRA class action and California state law class actions alleging improper disclosure and authorization.

  • Won motion to dismiss putative nationwide FCRA class action alleging improper disclosure and authorization.

  • Won motion to dismiss putative nationwide FCRA class action alleging unauthorized credit inquiries on consumers after the discharge of debts through bankruptcy.

  • Successfully defended a consumer reporting agency in a putative nationwide FCRA class action alleging improper disclosure and authorization where, in response to a motion to dismiss, the plaintiff voluntarily withdrew his class claim rather than respond.

  • Defeated class certification of putative nationwide ADA class action.

  • Successfully defends against putative nationwide collective and statewide class actions asserting off-the-clock and misclassification claims brought against clients across the country, defeating certification or resolving cases on an individual settlement or “walk away” basis.

  • Successfully obtained dismissal of a putative nationwide FCRA class action by a rejected employment applicant alleging failure to obtain prior consent for background checks and failure to provide pre-adverse action notice.

  • Successfully obtained plaintiff's voluntary abandonment of putative nationwide FACTA class action at motion to dismiss stage in case alleging FACTA violations based on inclusion of credit card expiration dates on documents.

  • Successfully represented an international retailer in resolving a putative nationwide FACTA class action.

  • Successfully obtained plaintiff's voluntary abandonment of putative nationwide VPPA class action alleging a retailer’s data retention practices violated the VPPA.

  • Obtained judgment on behalf of the sheriff and internal affairs investigators in a lawsuit brought by former corrections officers who alleged they were subjected to retaliation for allegedly speaking out about mistreatment of inmates at a corrections facility, in violation of First Amendment rights. Affirmed by the Seventh Circuit.

  • Successfully represented a former NFL linebacker in a breach of contract dispute.

  • Successfully represented the Governor's Office of Management and Budget in connection with the legal issues relating to the development and evaluation of a Management and Concession Agreement for the State of Illinois Lottery.

  • Successfully represented the governor for the State of Illinois in litigation matters and counseling relating to constitutional, regulatory and administrative matters.

  • Successfully represented the mayor for the City of Chicago and the City of Chicago in multiple lawsuits regarding the closure of the airport at Meigs Field.

  • Regularly counsels clients on a broad spectrum of employment and business issues, including pay practices, dispute resolutions, and issues arising under the ADA, Title VII and FMLA.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Retail Industry Leaders Association

Publications

Alerts

Community

  • Northwestern Alumni Association

Prior Positions

  • Judicial extern for the Honorable Michael M. Mihm in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • Illinois

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2002, cum laude
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1999

Blog

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
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November 13, 2017
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New California Law Prohibits Asking Job Applicants About Their Salary History
October 22, 2017
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Employment Law Spotlight
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Employment Law Spotlight
DOL Overtime Regulations: The End of an Era
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Second Circuit Lowers Causation Standard for Employees Alleging FMLA Violations
July 26, 2017
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