Alex W. Karasik

Partner

  • Alex W. Karasik
  • Phone: +1 312 499 6766

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3700
    Chicago, IL 60603-3433
    USA

Alex W. Karasik is a core member of Duane Morris’ Workplace Class Action group. Mr. Karasik defends businesses in employment law matters ranging from bet-the-company class actions to high-stakes single-plaintiff lawsuits and administrative charges. He represents clients in a broad range of industries, including restaurants, hotels, sporting venues, retailers, automotive manufacturers, logistics companies and staffing entities. These clients include Fortune 500 multi-national companies and local Chicagoland businesses. Mr. Karasik’s legal analysis has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Law360, Westlaw Today, SHRM, HR.com, the Cook County Record, the Northern California Record and TechTarget. He was recognized in the peer-nominated Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” from 2022 through 2024, and Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” in 2024, which is awarded to only 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois.

Mr. Karasik relishes the opportunity to learn about clients’ industries, business models and litigation goals. He works with businesses to proactively implement measures to minimize future lawsuits and craft novel solutions for companies that are confronted with litigation. Primarily, Mr. Karasik defends companies in lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations and privacy class actions. Mr. Karasik has experience in all phases of litigation, including federal court trial experience. This allows him to see the big picture and tailor his approach to marshal time and cost effective solutions for businesses. When he is not advocating for clients in court or administrative proceedings, Mr. Karasik enjoys giving presentations on employment law developments and writing legal publications. Mr. Karasik is also an emerging thought leader in the area of artificial intelligence and its impact on employment law.

Prior to joining Duane Morris, Mr. Karasik was an associate for seven years at an international law firm. While in law school at Notre Dame, Mr. Karasik served two terms as the President of the Sports, Communication & Entertainment Law Forum. He also served as the symposium editor for the Journal of Legislation, and studied abroad in London.

Mr. Karasik received Master of Communication Management and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Southern California. While studying in Los Angeles, Mr. Karasik spent more than five years working with the USC Trojans football team, where he earned two Rose Bowl rings working under future Super Bowl-winning Coach Pete Carroll. Mr. Karasik also worked at Fox Sports, where he assisted in the production of NFL and MLB highlights.

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Education

  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2015
    - Symposium Editor, Journal of Legislation
    - President, Sports, Communication & Entertainment Law Forum
  • University of Southern California, Master of Communication Management, 2012
  • University of Southern California, B.A., 2010

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2023-present
    - Associate, 2022
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    - Associate, 2015-2022

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association

  • Federal Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch," 2022-2024
  • Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, 2024

Selected Publications

Media Hits

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Trends in US Data Privacy Laws and Enforcement," ALM Legalweek 2024, New York City, January 30, 2024
  • Speaker, "EEOC Onsite Investigations: Employer Best Practices for Preparing for and Cooperating With Investigators," Strafford Webinar, November 15, 2023
  • Presenter, “Evolving Legal Risks for Marketers: Artificial Intelligence, Social Media, and Web Accessibility,” Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Southeast Regional Conference, Nashville, Tennesee, November 10, 2023
  • Speaker, "Get Smart with AI: Best Practices for Using AI in Business," Duane Morris Webinar, October 17, 2023
  • Presenter, "Year-End EEOC Strategy and Litigation Review," Duane Morris Webinar, October 16, 2023
  • Panelist, “Discovery Strategies in Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions Before and After Certification of Putative Class,” Strafford Publications Webinars, July 26, 2023

  • Presenter, “BIPA and Privacy Litigation In 2023,” Live Presentation to Reinsurance Association of America (RAA) Member Companies, New York City, May 16, 2023

  • Panelist, "Mid-Year Review of EEOC-Initiated Litigation," Duane Morris Webinar, May 4, 2023
  • Presenter, “A Town Hall Conversation on Diversity and its Impact on the Legal Profession,” Live Presentation for DuPage County Bar Association, Lisle, Illinois, May 16, 2019