Nicholas CrawfordNicholas Crawford is an employment and business attorney with The Prinz Law Firm. He is a skilled business counselor and brings to the firm 20 years of experience advising leadership and developing teams dedicated to maximizing growth and profit with a focus on minimizing legal risk. From venture capital startups and owner-managed enterprises to large multi-national publicly traded companies, Nicholas has experience in both operations and human resources in the hospitality, contract services, insurance, manufacturing, and professional services industries.

Nicholas’s experience includes building relationships and resolving disputes between management and labor, including negotiating labor contracts on behalf of management with Teamsters, SEIU, and AFL-CIO affiliate unions, and guiding businesses through decertification campaigns, election campaigns, lockouts, strikes, arbitration, grievances, and other complex labor relations issues. Nicholas is a skilled employee relations investigator, having completed numerous complex internal investigations. He has designed, advised, and managed HR risk mitigation initiatives tailored to help businesses avoid litigation.

As a Senior Human Resource leader for a top multi-national contract catering and service business, Nicholas has experience in managing and advising leadership on M&A activities, including developing HR merger strategy for benefits, payroll, and compensation, and aligning roles and responsibilities in newly merged and created companies. Additionally, Nicholas has experience in M&A due diligence efforts related to compliance, compensation, benefits, and management.

As an advisor to C-suite leadership, Nicholas has developed and led executive leadership development programs, mentorship programs, strategic planning, and organization design initiatives. A trusted partner for managers at all levels, Nicholas builds leadership and decision-making capabilities through a collaborative counseling approach that seeks to first understand a business’s demands, challenges, goals, and objectives, from which he can develop a tailored advising approach.

Nicholas lives in Arlington Heights with his husband Joshua and son Michael. Nicholas is a former licensed foster parent and a longtime supporter of initiatives that ensure a faster route to permanency for children in the foster care system.


  • Employee handbooks and employment policies and procedures
  • Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act / wage violations
  • Pregnancy, race, disability, and gender discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims
  • Employee classification
  • Workplace trainings on sexual harassment prevention, workplace investigations
  • M&A due diligence
  • General employment counseling


  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota


  • State of Illinois


  • Chicago Bar Association

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  • Kristen E. Prinz
  • Amit S. Bindra
    Amit S. Bindra PARTNER
  • Christina Hynes Mesco
    Christina Hynes Mesco OF COUNSEL
  • Laura Feldman
    Laura Feldman Of Counsel
  • Poonam K. Lakhani
    Poonam K. Lakhani ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
  • Laura Lefkow-Hynes
    Laura Lefkow-Hynes ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
  • Navdeep Gill
    Navdeep Gill Senior Associate
    Kristen E. Prinz

    Kristen Prinz is an employment lawyer, business counselor, and founder of the Prinz Law Firm. She focuses on providing clients with strategic and cost-effective legal and business planning solutions to assist business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals in building and realizing their potential. Attorney Profile

  • Amit S. Bindra PARTNER
    Amit S. Bindra

    Mr. Bindra has been an attorney with the Prinz Law Firm since 2012 and has extensive experience working with executives, physicians, and corporations. Mr. Bindra's stellar and exhaustive work within all stages of a lawsuit enables him to find creative and pragmatic solutions for clients. Attorney Profile

  • Christina Hynes Mesco OF COUNSEL
    Christina Hynes Mesco

    An experienced business and employment law attorney, Ms. Mesco offers expert guidance to clients with employment and business-related needs. She frequently negotiates, drafts, and reviews employment, retention, non-compete, non-solicitation, equity, change-in-control, consulting, and other employment-related agreements and documents. Attorney Profile

  • Laura Feldman Of Counsel
    Laura Feldman

    A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and Stanford University, Laura is an accomplished litigator. She won a verdict against a Fortune Top 20 company after a seven-day jury trial for a woman who accused her employer of allowing a customer to sexually harass and stalk her. Laura has also delivered results for her clients by arguing and winning motions for contempt of court and for summary judgment. She has taken or defended over one hundred depositions. Attorney Profile

  • Poonam K. Lakhani ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
    Poonam K. Lakhani

    Ms. Lakhani is an experienced attorney who litigates in state and federal courts, including serving as second chair on a trial in state court, where she obtained an eight-figure verdict. Attorney Profile

  • Laura Lefkow-Hynes ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
    Laura Lefkow-Hynes

    Laura Lefkow-Hynes has concentrated her employment practice on championing the legal rights of people experiencing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, with a special focus on disability (especially pregnancy and psychiatric disabilities), gender, sexual harassment, and race status claims. Combining pragmatism, empathy, and strong lawyering skills, she is a fierce advocate for employees who have been unjustly targeted simply for who they are or because they reported unethical treatment or conduct. Ms. Lefkow-Hynes also provides expert guidance to business owners and management teams on how to best care for their employees and avoid potential legal claims. She assists the firm’s corporate clients in creating healthy, engaging, and prosperous workplaces.   Attorney profile

  • Navdeep Gill Senior Associate
    Navdeep Gill

    Navdeep Gill is a Senior Associate at the firm, and practices in employment and business law. Navdeep has spent the majority of her career litigating employment and business law disputes. Prior to joining the firm, Navdeep spent seven years at an Am Law 100 firm litigating employee benefit cases. Navdeep’s practice has included both litigation and counseling on behalf of employees and businesses, including Fortune 100 companies. Attorney Profile

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