Amit Bindra is a partner with The Prinz Law Firm, P.C. and was an adjunct law professor of appellate writing and oral advocacy at Loyola University Chicago. Amit has completed the Certificate Program in Mediation Skills Training from the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies and serves as co-host of the Employee to Lawyer podcast for NELA Illinois.
Amit has extensive experience advising C-suite executives, physicians, and hedge fund managers on a variety of employment matters, including negotiating employment and separation agreements. He also advises businesses and executives at start-ups, mid-market businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, privately-held companies, and in the cannabis industry to find creative and pragmatic solutions to their legal challenges. Various media outlets have quoted Amit regarding non-compete and other employment law matters.
In addition to providing business counseling and executive career counseling, Amit’s work largely focuses on non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, arbitration agreements, trade secret disputes, wage and hour claims, and employment discrimination and whistleblower claims. Amit has also successfully worked on several appeals in Illinois and Indiana.
Amit was also one of the lead architects and drafters of an amendment to the Illinois Freedom to Work Act that significantly reformed how non-compete and non-solicit agreements are litigated in the State of Illinois. Amit testified in support of the law and helped bring together a bipartisan coalition of support from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and other union groups, the Attorney General’s Office, and NELA-IL. As a result, the amendment passed with unanimous support in the Illinois legislature in 2021. The new law will improve employee mobility while providing clarity for businesses and workers.
In 2021, Crain's Chicago Business recognized Amit in its list of "Notable Rising Stars in the Law." Amit was named an Illinois Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine (a designation reserved for less than 2.5% of attorneys), received the Advocate designation from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and completed the Crain’s Leadership Training in 2019. He regularly provides continuing legal education for other attorneys, assists executives in developing stronger negotiation skills, and is frequently invited on podcasts to discuss various legal topics.
Amit is a member of numerous professional organizations. He is a board member of NELA/Illinois, is a board member of Chicago Debates, and serves on the Legislative Committee of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Chicago chapter.
Amit graduated from DePaul University College of Law with a certificate in business law. During law school, he was the Executive Editor of the DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal, and he received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Civil Litigation Strategy. Amit received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from the James Madison College at Michigan State University. While in college, he was a competitive debater for the nationally ranked MSU debate team and worked for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.
Outside of the office, Amit is an avid runner and has run several full and half marathons.
Amit Focuses His Practice Area On:
- Certificate Program in Mediation Skills Training, Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, 2021.
- J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2012
- Certificate in Business Law
- Executive Editor of the DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal
- Recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Civil Litigation Strategy
- B.A., James Madison College at Michigan State University, 2009
Civic Activities and Service
- Chicago Debates, Associates Board Member, Fundraising Chair
- NELA/Illinois, Board Member
- NELA Judicial Nominations Committee, Member
- NELA/Illinois, Co-Chair of the Communications Committee
- Co-Host, Employee to Lawyer Podcast (NELA/Illinois), available here.
- Judicial Evaluation Committee for the Chicago Bar Association, Investigator
- ABA Appellate Practice Journal, Editorial Board Member
- Society for Human Resources Management, Legislative Committee
- Highrise Networks, Group Chair
- Young Professionals Leaders Board for the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues
Professional and Bar Memberships
- Illinois Chapter for the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- 7th Circuit Bar Association
- Appellate Lawyers Association
- International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF)
- Executives Club of Chicago
- Chicago Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
- University Club of Chicago
- Highrise Networks
- Recent Trends in Noncompete Laws Across the U.S., ABA Employment Practice (May 29, 2019), available here.
- The Aftermath of Epic Systems v. Lewis, ABA Employment Practice (Dec. 3, 2018), available here.
- By Rejecting Fifield, Federal Courts Encourage Forum Shopping, NELA/Illinois Newsletter (May 2018), available here.
- Recent Trends in Non-Compete Laws Across the U.S., ABA Employment Practice (Feb. 21, 2018), available here.
- Successfully Filing your First Appellate Brief, ABA Appellate Practice (Summer 2017), available here.
- Antitrust Class Action Litigation Post Wal-Mart v. Dukes: More of the Same, 13 J. Bus. & Sec. L. (2013).
- The Application of Antitrust Logic to Military Procurement Policies Would Enhance America’s National Security, 10 DePaul Bus. & Com. L.J. 405 (2012).
- Piercing the FTAIA’s Veil after Minn-Chem, Antitrust Newsletter for the Illinois State Bar Association (August, 2012).
- The Evolution of Age Discrimination: “Pattern or Practice” Allegations after Gross, NELA Newsletter (co-author) (November, 2012).
Presentations and Podcasts
- LEAD Session 8: Leading Negotiations, The Executives’ Club of Chicago (Nov. 19, 2021).
- CLE: Restrictions on Noncompetes: New FTC Regs CLE, Strafford Webinars (Oct. 14 2021).
- CLE: Recent changes to restrictive law in Illinois and best practices for attorneys, NELA-IL Brown Bag Lunch (Oct. 12, 2021).
- What you Need to Know Regarding Employees Return to the Office and Other Law Changes in 2021, Chicago Affiliate of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (Aug. 19, 2021).
- Roundtable | Return to Work, International Network of Boutique Law Firms (May 24, 2021).
- Exploring Career Opportunities in Plaintiffs Employment Law, NELA-IL (April 12, 2021).
- Testimony in support of House Bill 3066, Illinois General Assembly, Labor and Commerce Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives (March 31, 2021).
- Webinar | Grappling With COVID-19 and Other Anticipated Law Changes in 2021: Legal & Practical Advice For Employers, Chicago Affiliate of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (Feb. 18, 2021).
- Clawback and Forfeiture Clauses in Senior Executive and Founder Employment Incentive and Equity Agreements – the regulation, operation and best practice, International Forum of Senior Executive Advisors (IFSEA) (Feb. 4, 20201), available here.
- CLE: Negotiating Enforceable Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation Agreements, Strafford Webinars (Dec. 8, 2020).
- LEAD Session 8: Leading Negotiations, The Executives’ Club of Chicago (Nov. 20, 2020).
- Webinar | Negotiating Executive Agreements, Katalyst Group (Oct. 22, 2020).
- Roundtable | Conducting an Effective and Defensible Remote Investigation: Risks, Challenges and Solutions for Investigators and Those Who Hire Them, American Bar Association (ABA) (Sept. 22, 2020).
- Webinar | Workplace Considerations in the Age of COVID-19, International Network of Boutique Law Firms (Aug. 13, 2020).
- Webinar | Negotiating Physician Employment Agreements, University of Illinois at Chicago (Aug. 6, 2020).
- CLE: Noncompetes Under New State Law Restrictions: Wage Requirements, Notice, Time, Layoffs, Proposed Federal Legislation, Strafford Webinars (July 14, 2020).
- Webinar | Legal Update, Chicago Affiliate of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (May 12, 2020).
- Roundtable | A Changing Economy, American Bar Association (ABA) (February 27, 2020).
- CLE: ESI Issues in Sex Harassment Cases, NELA Seventh Circuit Conference (Feb. 18, 2020).
- Webinar | Breaking Legal News – IL Employment Law Updates, Chicago Affiliate of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (Nov. 21, 2019).
- LEAD Session 8: Leading Negotiations, The Executives’ Club of Chicago (Nov. 15, 2019).
- What Every Cannabis Business Should Know About Employment Law, Cannabis Industrial Marketspace (Sept. 20, 2019).
- The Pulse Podcast: Episode 1 (Sept. 4, 2019), available here.
- CLE: Restrictive Covenants: Legal Trends, and Negotiation and Drafting Tips, Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) (July 23, 2019).
- Webinar | Breaking Legal News – IL Employment Law Updates, Chicago Affiliate of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (June 25, 2019).
- Legal Forum, Chicago Affiliate of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (June 18, 2019).
- CLE: Restrictive Covenants: Recent Trends, and Negotiation Tips, NELA Seventh Circuit Conference (Feb. 22, 2019).
- CLE: Drafting Noncompete and Non-Solicitation Agreements, Strafford Webinars (Nov. 28, 2018).
- LEAD Session 8: Leading Negotiations, The Executives’ Club of Chicago (Oct. 19, 2018).
- When a Non-Compete Agreement Has Been Violated, Get Going In Business (Aug. 27, 2018), available here.
- CLE: Regulating the e-Workplace: The Use (and Misuse) of Technology and Social Media, CBA Labor and Employment Spring Seminar (May 16, 2018).
- Protecting Your Trade Secrets and Confidential Information, Get Going In Business (Apr. 9, 2018), available here.
- Negotiating Your Freelancer Contract, Freelancer Union (Oct. 7, 2015).
- Where can I go?, Chicago Medicine, available here (Sept. 2021).
- Noncompete agreements are about to get more prickly, Crain’s Chicago business (July 30, 2021), available here
- Wintrust Business Lunch, WGN Radio 720 am (June 16, 2021), available here.
- Labor unions making bold moves to broadly organize cannabis industry, Grown In: Illinois (Apr. 13, 2020).
- Is it now OK with HR to imbibe off hours? Mostly, a lawyer explains . . . Grown In: Illinois (Jan. 1, 2020).
- What You Need to Know About Non-Competes, Connecticut innovations (Summer 2019), available here.