Camille N. Khodadad
Camille focuses her practice on the prevention and resolution of labor, employment and commercial disputes. A highly experienced legal advisor and litigator, she has counseled clients, managed complex dockets and tried cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States.
Camille has a comprehensive knowledge of the many, often overlapping laws that affect the employer-employee relationship, including federal and state anti-discrimination laws, the Employment Retirement and Income Security Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She regularly represents clients before a broad range of administrative agencies, including the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Labor. Camille also handles cases involving state law tort claims such as assault, battery, defamation, tortious inference with contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent supervision and retention, and negligent misrepresentation.
In addition to her active litigation practice, Camille helps clients develop and implement innovative, effective litigation-avoidance strategies. She counsels clients on a broad range of employment issues, including employee discipline, employment termination, handbook policies, employment agreements, wage and hour compliance, workplace investigations and leaves of absence. She also conducts training programs on harassment, discrimination, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other employment-related topics.
In addition to her employment law practice, Camille handles traditional union issues. She represents employers in arbitrations and grievances arising under collective bargaining agreements. She also defends unfair labor practice charges filed against employers with the National Labor Relations Board.
Camille has significant experience defending national and international aviation clients in a wide-range of matters including product liability claims, and provides industry-focused advice on risk management and loss prevention. She counsels corporate aviation departments and aviation operators on emergency response planning. When an incident occurs, Camille plays a key role in executing the client’s response plan, advising the client during the FAA and/or National Transportation Safety Board investigation, and handles related litigation. Additionally, she is recognized as an authority on the criminalization of aviation accidents and the legal implications of drones. Inspired by her work with professionals across the industry, Camille is in the process of obtaining her private pilot’s license.
Camille authors a regular column for the Women@Work series in Chicago Lawyer magazine. She also writes and speaks frequently on legal topics involving employment and aviation law.
While in law school, Camille earned a position on the Dean’s List and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society, the National Mock Trial Team and National Moot Court.
- American Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- National Business Aviation Association
- Chicago Area Business Aviation Association
- Women in Aviation
Camille serves as co-chair of the Career Development Committee for the Chicago Chapter of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law. She is also an advisor to The Autism Higher Education Foundation. Camille speaks regularly on issues related to diversity and the empowerment of women.
Insights & Events
- Leading Lawyers Network, Employment Law: Management, Products Liability Defense Law and Transportation Defense Law: Including Aviation/FELA/Maritime, 2014-2019
- Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Preeminent®