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Franczek Radelet's Sally Scott and Ellen Babbitt Named Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago

Franczek Radelet P.C.

July 31, 2017

In Crain's inaugural edition of The Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Franczek Radelet's own Sally Scott and Ellen Babbitt were both named to this exclusive list. The 60 women featured represent an impressive cross-section of women in the legal community.

Jim Franczek, President at Franczek Radelet was proud to share the news. "They have most certainly earned this honor through their many years of tirelessly and brilliantly representing our clients." Below are highlights from their esteemed recognition.

Sally J. Scott concentrates exclusively on representing management in both the private and public sectors in all aspects of labor and employment law. In recent months, she represented Township High School District 211 as it faced national scrutiny and litigation over transgender student access to bathrooms and locker rooms. In addition, Scott recently helped Navy Pier Inc. navigate a strike from a Teamsters local union against a service provider that threatened to stop food, wine and beer deliveries to the most highly visited destination in the Midwest. She obtained relief from the National Labor Relations Board and stopped the union from directing its dispute at Navy Pier and the restaurants and vendors on the property. In another matter, Scott ensured CPS schools were open and staffed on May 1. The Chicago Teachers Union had threatened to engage in a one day walkout on May 1, leaving schools without staff and students without a day of education. She aggressively pursued the issue with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, which found the threatened walkout was likely illegal.

In 1998, Ellen Babbitt founded a law firm devoted to higher education. At that time, few women founded law firms- and even fewer lawyers recognized higher education law was emerging as a unique national field of practice. Since then, Babbitt and her team have devoted themselves to the needs of colleges and universities, merging their firm in 2011 with Franczek Radelet. Institutions consult with her on sensitive board, leadership, faculty and student issues. She is also a leading author and commentator on program reduction, program closure and financial exigency. Most of her practice involves confidential counseling and risk management in sensitive situations, so her success is often measured by what does not make its way into the courts or media. But recently, several institutions have consulted with her to address presidential issues, by an institution seeking a merger partner, and by multiple institutions seriously impacted by the Illinois budget crisis. Earlier this year, she joined the board of trustees of the Associated Colleges of Illinois, which funds scholarships for first-generation, low-income and disadvantaged students.