Catherine Schlabowske




Catherine Schlabowske, Associate at Troester Sharpe, is an attorney with extensive experience navigating complex labor and employment issues. Catherine served as a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) field examiner and attorney for over 16 years where she investigated unfair labor practice charges, processed representation petitions, litigated cases, and negotiated settlements. During her highly accomplished career at the NLRB, she received the National Labor Relations Board inaugural Gerald A. Brown Award (Investigator of the Year) (2014).

Prior to joining Troester Sharpe, Catherine also worked at an AM Law 100 law firm in the labor relations division where she managed investigations, charges, and complaints against employers before state and federal agencies. She also represented employers in hearings before the NLRB and labor arbitration proceedings. Read More

Catherine draws on her vast experience and deep knowledge of labor and employment matters to counsel and defend employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Catherine advises owners, directors, human resource professionals, and managers regarding labor and employment best practices with the goal of mitigating exposure. Read Less


Areas of Focus:

  • Advice and counsel
  • Policy review and development
  • Handbooks
  • Agency charge response
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unfair labor practices investigations, settlement negotiations, and litigation defense
  • NLRB elections
  • State labor boards investigations, settlement negotiations, and litigation defense
  • State and federal court litigation defense
  • Labor relations
  • Grievance and arbitration proceedings
  • Union organizing campaigns


  • Foodservice
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Temporary Staffing
  • Transportation, supply chain, and infrastructure

Languages Spoken: English, Polish (limited working proficiency)


J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2017
Cum laude, Order of John Marshall

Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois,2006

 B.S., University of Illinois, 2004

Admissions: Illinois 

 Memberships & Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association – Chicago Chapter

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