Clark Baird Smith LLP
Benjamin Gehrt is a partner in the law firm Clark Baird Smith LLP, where he focuses his practice on traditional labor law and employment litigation. He has experience in grievance and interest arbitration cases, contract negotiations, and unfair labor practice charges as well as litigation experience in state and federal trial courts. Mr. Gehrt also represents clients in EEO and wage-hour litigation. He has represented public and private sector clients in contract negotiations and interest arbitration. In those settings, he has helped clients obtain significant cost savings through changes in staffing levels, wage schedules, retiree insurance benefits, sick leave buyback benefits, and work rule changes, among other things. Additionally, Mr. Gehrt has developed a niche practice at Clark Baird Smith LLP, counseling the firm’s clients on a wide variety of wage and hour issues under both state and federal law. In addition to handling the traditional wage payment questions that arise with private sector businesses, Mr. Gehrt is skilled at answering questions that are unique to the public sector, such as questions about compensatory time, 7(k) work periods, pay for canine handlers, and duty shift trades, to name a few. Mr. Gehrt was named to the 2016 Illinois Rising Star list and is the author of numerous books and articles regarding labor and employment law. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Chicago.