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Christopher R. Gorman

Partner, Chicago Office

ph: 312-332-7760

Christopher R. Gorman

Christopher R. Gorman practices in the firm’s commercial, construction, and real estate practice groups, representing public sector clients in commercial transactions, contracting, construction related transactional matters, and data & privacy law. Christopher has also served in the firm’s labor and employment practice group and counseled employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including labor relations, collective bargaining, grievance and dispute resolution, workplace investigation, employee discipline, terminations and reductions in force, and employment discrimination. Christopher also advises clients on board governance and compliance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act.

Christopher’s strengths as an attorney are evident in his approach to law. He brings a unique perspective to the table, given his background as in-house counsel for not-for-profit organizations and public bodies as well as his comprehensive understanding of various practice areas. He values ethical principles and understands the significance of alternative dispute resolution when it aligns with his clients’ best interests.

In his legal practice, Christopher finds the most joy in representing individuals who are deeply committed to their roles in public service, recognizing the significance of their contributions. This alignment of values and a shared commitment to public service underscores the core of his legal practice.

Christopher’s decision to become a lawyer was deeply rooted in his passion for government and public service. Prior to joining Robbins Schwartz, Christopher served as in-house counsel for a nonprofit organization, a charter school management organization and a state regulatory agency overseeing higher education financing. In his career, Christopher has overseen labor relations for the first unionized charter school in the country, assisted in the development of state legislation and administrative rules, and influenced the U.S. and Treasury Department’s decision to reintroduce the U.S. Savings Bond as a form of tax refund, promoting savings among low-income families.

Christopher’s contributions extend beyond the courtroom. He has authored numerous publications, addressing critical legal issues and serving as a valuable resource for the legal community. He has also been a prominent figure in legal presentations, sharing his insights with fellow professionals.

Beyond his legal career, Christopher is a devoted coach for his children’s sports activities when given the opportunity. He finds solace in the great outdoors, enjoys cooking, and maintains a commitment to regular exercise. Moreover, he possesses a deep interest in change management and organizational design, which he’s cultivated through certification courses.

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
  • B.A., University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; Presidential Scholar

Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois

Organizations

  • Illinois Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials

Recent Publications

  • Contributing author, “Diving into ADR Ethics: Exploring the Ethical Obligations of Attorneys as Advisors, Advocates, and Third-Party Neutrals” DCBA Brief (2023)
  • “Navigating Public Bidding Requirements under the Illinois School Code,” Update, Illinois Association of School Business Officials (2022)
  • Contributing author, “Labor Issues in the Transactional Side of the Project,” Construction Law: Transactional Considerations 2021 Edition, IICLE (2021)
  • “Continuing Controversy Over FCC’s Efforts to Improve Broadband Connectivity,” Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications and Transportation Newsletter, Illinois State Bar Association (2021)
  • “The Future of For-Profit Online Charter Schools,” Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, American Bar Association (2016)

Recent Presentations

  • Best Practices for Safeguarding Data in an Increasingly Digital World, SecurED Schools: K-12 Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Conference (January 2023)
  • School Bidding, Procurement, and Prevailing Wages: From the Basics to the Advanced, Illinois Association of School Administrators Spring Legal Seminar (March 2022)
  • Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup: FERPA, COPPA, SOPPA, ISSRA, MHDDCA and PIPA, The Learning Technology Center of Illinois SecurED Schools Annual Conference (January 2022)