Tracy Bradford Farley, Partner


Tracy Bradford Farley practices in all areas of labor and employment law, with a concentration in employment discrimination litigation on behalf of management. Some of Ms. Farley's litigation experience includes the following:

  • Obtaining verdicts in bench trials and administrative hearings in individual plaintiff cases alleging age discrimination, disability discrimination, retaliation, and breach of contract.
  • Obtaining judgment on various types of employment discrimination cases, including Myers v. U.S. Cellular, 2007 WL 4462150 (6th Cir. 2007) (unpublished)(sex discrimination); Roberts v. U.S. Cellular, 635 F.Supp.2d 948 (N.D. Iowa) (multi-plaintiff age discrimination); Enriquez v. U.S. Cellular, 2008 WL 4925012 (N.D. Ill. 2008) (multi-plaintiff sexual harassment, retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress); and Purdy v. U.S. Cellular, 2007 WL 595509 (E.D. Tenn. 2007) (FMLA and ERISA retaliation).
  • Defending a sexual harassment and discrimination class action brought by a group of female employees against an insurance company.
  • Defending employers in actions brought by the EEOC, including Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. World Kitchen, Inc., Case No. 1:05-CV-1970 (MD. Penn.) (sex discrimination).

In addition to her significant litigation experience, Ms. Farley advises employers on a wide range of issues, including grievances, employee discipline and termination, discrimination and harassment, disability and leave issues, wage and hour matters, employment policies, and personnel reorganizations.

Ms. Farley previously served a two-year term as a law clerk to the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (J.D., magna cum laude, 1995)
    • Harno Fellow
  • Northwestern University (B.S., 1991)
    • Major: Political Science
    • Concentration: Asian Studies
  • Waseda University, International Division (1990)
    • Focus: Intensive Japanese language training, international relations, political science and economics

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (1995–2002). (Vice Chair, project officer, Co-chair of the National Mock Trial Competition, and Co-chair of the Federal Trial Bar Training Course)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers® (2014–present: Employment & Labor)