Douglas M. Werman is the founder and principal of Werman Salas P.C. in Chicago, Illinois. His practice is heavily concentrated in labor and employment litigation.
A special focus of Doug’s practice is the recovery of owed minimum wages, tips, overtime pay, and other earned compensation for employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage laws that protect employees from wage theft. He is a nationally known and recognized lawyer in wage and hour law, having successfully litigated over 600 individual, collective and class action cases in Illinois and across the United States resulting in the recovery of tens of millions of dollars for hundreds of thousands of employees. Doug has served as counsel of record in over 150 state and federal published cases, including the successful appeal of Ervin v. OS Restaurant Serv., 09-3029 (7th Cir. Jan. 18, 2011), which confirmed the ability for employees to litigate, in the same lawsuit, Fair Labor Standard Act collective action claims together with state law class actions claims for owed minimum wages and overtime pay.
Doug frequently speaks and writes on employment law issues. He is on the Board of Editors of the leading treatise on the Fair Labor Standards Act, entitled, “Kerns, The Fair Labor Standards Act,” and is a recurring speaker at Illinois Institute for Continuing Education and Chicago Bar Association events on wage and hour matters. Doug also helped author the legislative language of the 2006 amendments to the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act, the 2006 amendments to the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and the 2011 “Wage Theft” amendments to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Doug is also active in the American Bar Association’s Fair Labor Standards Act Legislation Committee.
Doug is a proud recipient of the Thirteenth Annual Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service awarded by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in conjunction with the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Doug graduated from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1990. After his graduation, he worked at national management side labor law firms until starting Werman Law Office P.C. in 2001, which became Werman Salas P.C. on January 1, 2014. As defense lawyer, Doug represented a broad range of clients in many business areas including telecommunications, retail, transportation, waste management, insurance, warehousing, and construction. His work on behalf of employers included extensive experience performing human resource counseling and before the National Labor Relations Board, including unfair labor practice proceedings and union representation cases.