NAOMI FRISCH joined the firm as a law clerk from 2015-2016, and then as an associate attorney in 2021, specializing in Labor and Employment law. Since passing the bar in 2018, Naomi has represented individuals and unions in a wide variety of employment disputes, including employment discrimination and wage and hour matters in state and federal court, arbitration proceedings, matters before the Illinois Labor Relations Board, collective bargaining negotiations, and hearings before administrative bodies such as the City of Chicago Human Resources Board. She has also assisted numerous employees in negotiating severance agreements and employment contracts and worked to ensure the State of Illinois’s compliance with the Shakman Decree.
Naomi has a long history of work to support the labor movement. Since beginning her first career as a professional musician, Naomi assisted her fellow members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO (AFM), in several organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, and grievance and arbitration proceedings. Since 2012, she has served on the board of the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association, a national advocacy group representing the interests of over 90 orchestral bargaining units nationwide. Naomi is currently serving as Legal Consultant to the Chicago Federation of Musicians, AFM Local 10-208’s Fair Employment Practices Committee.
Naomi received a Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University and a Masters of Music with distinction from DePaul University prior to earning her J.D. magna cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she earned certificates in Labor and Employment law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LADR) and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. At Chicago-Kent, Naomi earned several CALI Excellence for the Future honors, awarded for receiving the highest class grade, including for Employment Discrimination and ADR in the Workplace, and was the 2017 recipient of the Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize. She was also active in the Labor and Employment Law Society and received 2nd Place in the Louis Jackson National Student Memorial Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law for the 2017-18 school year. During law school, Naomi interned in the Mediation unit at the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, and then became certified as a mediator by the Chicago Center for Conflict Resolution, where she continues to volunteer as a mediator in the Circuit Court of Cook County and for private disputes.
Naomi is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), NELA-Illinois, and the Chicago Bar Association, where she has served on the Labor and Employment Committee’s legislative sub-committee. She frequently writes articles on labor and employment topics of interest to musicians for the AFM Local 10-208 magazine, the “Intermezzo.” Recently, Naomi lectured on the intersection of collective bargaining agreements and leave laws at the 2020 International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, presented lectures on pandemic unemployment benefits to members of AFM Local 10-208 and the Chicago Theater Musicians Association, and led training on recognizing unlawful workplace activities for the Illinois Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
BM, magna cum laude, Northwestern University, 1999
Continued studies as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Hochschule fur Musik, Stuttgart, Germany, 2000
MM, with distinction, DePaul University, 2006
J.D., magna cum laude, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2018