Susan Benton joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in 2000. She concentrates her practice in labor relations and employment litigation and counseling.
Ms. Benton represents employers and senior executives in a range of industries, including consulting, insurance, broadcasting, communications, technology, manufacturing, and distribution, as counselor, negotiator, and trial attorney before administrative bodies and state and federal courts. Her experience includes matters involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, union organizing, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, NASD/FINRA arbitration, employment contracts and separation agreements, affirmative action, retaliatory discharge, defamation, confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants, and related labor and employment issues.
Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, Ms. Benton was a partner at another large Chicago law firm. She also has previously managed human resource functions, including employee communications, executive training and development, and executive recruitment, for a division of a major department store and for a financial services company.
Ms. Benton is a fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and serves as an advisor on labor and employment law for the ALI-ABA. She has repeatedly been named as a top lawyer in the areas of management labor and employment law by Leading Lawyer. She also has been chosen as an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2005 through 2013.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Benton is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, trustee of the Field Museum, chair of the Museum’s Repatriation Committee, and a member of the Museum’s Environment, Culture and Conservation Committee. She is past chair of the firm’s Foundation Board and is a former member of the board of directors of the Academy for Urban School Leadership.
Ms. Benton received a B.A. in Psychology in 1975 and an M.B.A. in 1982 from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She received a J.D. in 1982 from Boston University School of Law.
Ms. Benton’s publications include a chapter in the Employment Law Deskbook for Human Resources Professionals titled “Individual Autonomy” (West Group, 2001), a book and videotape titled Sexual Harassment in the Workplace/A Guide to Prevention, (Crisp Publications, 1995), and an article titled “Managing to Prevent Liability: The Recruitment and Selection Process” (EMA Journal, Fall 1992).
Speeches and Publications
She has been a featured speaker at the American Management Association Human Resources Conferences, and also lectures extensively in programs sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, American Management Association, Society for Human Resource Professionals, the Employment Management Association, and others.