Our Milwaukee Office

Historic Third Ward
342 N. Water Street
Suite 600
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(o) 414.323.6337

Our Chicago Office

Willis Tower 
233 S. Wacker Drive
61st Floor, Suite 6154
Chicago, IL 60606
(o) 312.291.8299

Our Phoenix Office

36889 N. Tom Darlington Dr.
PO Box 2800-145
Carefree, AZ  85377
*Admin Office Only

Mark A. Spognardi


Mr. Spognardi focuses on representing management in traditional and non-traditional labor and employment law matters, including counseling, litigation, and appellate work. His practice includes representation in unfair labor practice and representation proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board; union-free campaigns; employment discrimination matters before federal and state anti-discrimination agencies and federal courts; Section 301 lawsuits; contract negotiations and arbitrations; drug and alcohol testing; occupational safety and health (OSHA and state agencies); alternative compensation systems; veterans' re-employment rights; WARN Act and RIF matters; federal and state wage and hour matters; employment at-will; wrongful discharge and whistleblower lawsuits; federal and state injunctive relief, strike management; human resource audits and employee handbooks; employment contracts; restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements; pension plan withdrawal liability; and various other employment related matters. Mr. Spognardi has substantial experience providing labor, employment, benefit, and due diligence examination in mergers, acquisitions, and other business organization conveyances. Mr. Spognardi represents businesses in all industries, including manufacturing, transportation, banking and investment, food processing, textile, health care, retail, hospitality, construction, interim services, publishing, media and communications, and public sector interests.

In his distinguished career, Mr. Spognardi has:

  • Conducted well over 100 union-free campaigns involving RC, RM, RD, and UD petitions, as well as petitions to amend and clarify bargaining units.
  • Negotiated well over 100 collective bargaining agreements, both in the public and private sector. The bargaining units have included both multiemployer and multilocation units.
  • Defended hundreds of unfair labor practices charges from investigation through trial, both in the private and public sector.
  • Defended hundreds of grievances through settlement and arbitration; developed complex strike and secondary picketing defense plans, and prosecuted for injunctive relief and business torts on behalf of clients.
  • Defended numerous employers in federal and state court in a variety of employment and labor related cases, including breach of contract, discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful discharge. Mr. Spognardi received a favorable jury verdict in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois after a two week sexual harassment and assault trial, and obtained consecutive state court injunctions against various unions and individuals on behalf of a construction client in the hospitality industry.

Professional Activities and Achievements

Mr. Spognardi participates in many professional organizations. He also is a frequent speaker and lecturer on labor relations and employment-related topics before employer and industry associations.

Some of his achievements include:

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • North American Transportation Employee Relations Association
    • Board Member
    • 2012- Program Director
    • 2014- Vice Chair
    • 2015- Chairman
  • Midwest Textile Service Association – General Counsel (1999-2007)
  • Society for Human Resource Management – Member
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • Peterson-Pulaski Business and Industrial Council – Member
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers

Recent Publications


  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 1984)
  • University of Iowa (B.A. with honors 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District of Columbia Court of Appeals