Call: 312-236-0415 | Contact Us

Hugh B. Arnold


Legal Experience

Since founding the firm of Arnold and Kadjan in 1961, Mr. Arnold has been a labor lawyer and trial lawyer, trying cases in federal and state courts and in the Illinois Court of Claims for clients as diverse as union, Taft-Hartley fringe benefit funds, insurance companies (including third-party litigation), and large-case personal injury cases for the CTA. He served as labor’s representative on the AFL-CIO coalition during the Clinton Administration, has been Special Counsel to the Director of the Illinois Department of Labor, was an Assistant Illinois Attorney General on real estate matters and has represented unions like the IBEW for over 40 years. He has also been involved in the creation and drafting of fringe benefit plans and trust agreements.

Mr. Arnold has taught Employment Law as an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School.

He successfully litigated the cases of Cotu v. National Accelerator Laboratories and McDaniel v. Argonne.

Based on his many years of service to the labor community, Mr. Arnold was awarded gold cards in the IBEW, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, and the Operative Plasters’ and Cement Finishers’ International Unions.

Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Bar Associations and Other Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

  • Member, Judicial Screening Committee

American Bar Association

  • Past Chair, Workers’ Compensation Committee
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section


DePaul Law School, J.D. 1960


Rated “AV” (highest) by Martindale Hubbell
Regularly appears in the list of top 100 lawyers in America

Speaking Engagements

Frequent speaker and lecturer at the International Employee Benefit Coalition meetings and at IICLE (co-author of two chapters on personal injury action)
Has addressed private meetings of labor and management trustees on trust fund issues