Corwin Carr is a senior associate in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office and a member of its Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice.
Corwin has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and representing companies primarily in labor and employment disputes before administrative agencies and in federal court. Corwin secured a jury and bench verdict in favor of a major US City in a federal court case alleging race and political affiliation discrimination. In addition to trial work, Corwin has represented companies and institutions in arbitration, including the successful defense of an educational institution against a general contractor’s claims for additional payments related to the construction of a new campus building.
In one of the first district court cases addressing the “ministerial exception” after the Supreme Court’s 2020 ruling in Our Lady of Guadalupe v. Morrissey-Berru, Corwin successfully won summary judgment in the employer’s favor on a terminated employee’s claim of pregnancy discrimination. Corwin also has experience defending employers against wage-and-hour claims, including securing summary judgment and a Circuit Court affirmance in an employer’s favor in a case alleging misclassification and unpaid overtime under the FLSA.
Corwin has also represented employers in sex discrimination and whistleblower retaliation claims in federal court, sex and race discrimination claims brought before state administrative agencies and in agency investigations of employers’ compliance with employee scheduling and leave laws.
In addition, Corwin has also represented employers filing suit against former employees for breach of non-compete and non-solicitation restrictive covenants and for misappropriation of trade secrets.
Even before disputes arise, Corwin has worked with employers to conduct internal investigations of employee complaints and issues relating to sexual harassment, discrimination and wage-and-hour issues.
Corwin also has a robust advice and counsel practice focused on providing business-oriented solutions to employer’s legal challenges. Corwin has advised companies on employee safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, employee privacy and data privacy issues, wage payment and deduction matters, paid and unpaid leaves, WARN Act compliance and harassment and discrimination. Corwin has also worked with employers to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with a variety of evolving federal, state and local employment laws.
Corwin’s labor and employment practice also includes transactional work, helping clients in mergers and acquisitions to conduct and assess due diligence to identify potential employment-related legal risks.
Corwin’s practice also includes advising companies in software licensing, development and implementation disputes, including the investigation of claims and defenses, and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements directed toward preserving the parties’ relationship and allowing continued uninterrupted business operations.
Corwin also provides support to Mayer Brown’s corporate, finance and real estate practices on matters relating to environmental law, conducting and assessing due diligence to identify potential environmental liabilities and drafting and negotiating transactional documents to appropriately allocate legal risks.
Employment Litigation and Disputes
- Trial defense of a major US City and two of its employees against claims of race and political-affiliation discrimination, securing a successful jury and bench verdict on all claims.
- Summary judgment victory on the First Amendment’s “ministerial exception” in favor of a non-profit religious educational institution against a claim of pregnancy discrimination
- Summary judgment victory, affirmed by the Fifth Circuit, in favor of an oil-and-gas industry service provider against FLSA wage-and-hour misclassification claims and related failure to pay overtime claims.
- Defense of a national beverage producer against claims of sex discrimination brought by the EEOC.
- Defense of a food products manufacturer against whistleblower-retaliation claims brought under Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley.
- Prosecution of claims against former employees who left for a competitor for violation of their non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and for misappropriation of trade secrets.
- Defense of a local non-profit entity against claims of race discrimination brought before the Illinois Department of Human Rights
- Investigation of allegations of race and sexual harassment against managers at a large automobile manufacturer.
- Assisting a large financial service provider in the development of policies to ensure a safe workplace during – and after – the COVID-19 crisis
- Advising multiple employers on compliance with evolving sexual harassment laws in the #MeToo era
- Assisting a large financial service provider in the development of policies to monitor employees’ personal investment activities to stay compliant with federal regulations and industry best-practices
- Developing and revising employee handbooks and policies to stay up-to-date with rapidly changing paid leave laws
- Conducting sexual harassment training for the Chicago branch of a nationwide non-profit institution providing important services for under-privileged members of the community
- Developing policies and procedures for a fast-food company to maintain compliance with New York City’s Fair Workweek Law
Software Licensing and Development Disputes
- Renegotiating a series of software license agreements on behalf of a multinational technology and media company to avoid a potential multi-billion-dollar payment to a major software vendor following the spin-off of an operating division
- Investigating the failure of a software development project on behalf of a major accounting firm and providing guidance on contracting best-practices to help avoid similar issues in the future
- Negotiating a settlement on behalf of a software developer whose work was impeded by a series of customer-caused delays to re-set the project and establish clear milestones and processes going forward
- Prosecuting a claim in arbitration on behalf of a large international firm against a software vendor who failed to deliver functional accounting software
- Defending a large regional medical center against failure-to-pay claims brought by a software developer who failed to deliver functional software for tracking and managing patient communications and relationships.
University of Michigan Law School, JD, magna cum laude
Bowling Green State University, MA
The New School, MA
Boston College, BA, magna cum laude