Angie Cowan Hamada

Angie Cowan Hamada


B.A., With Honors, Quinnipiac University 2001

J.D., with Certificate in Labor and Employment Law*, Chicago-Kent College of Law 2005


Supreme Court of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


Commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, April 2018 – present.

AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee:  Board of Directors 2015 – present; Member 2005 – present.

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Program Co-Chair,  Subcommittee on the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act (“DLL”)

Chicago Labor and Employee Relations Association, Board of Directors

Speaker and presenter at various conferences and training programs regarding labor and employment law matters.


Associate Editor and Secondary Chapter Editor, The Developing Labor Law (BNA)

Co-Author, "A Touch of ‘Class' – Immigration and the Intersection of Politics and Protected Section 7 Activity," 23 The Labor Lawyer 99 (2007)

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no such certificate is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Angie Cowan Hamada

Angie Cowan Hamada primarily represents labor unions, employees and benefit funds.  Angie is a shareholder at Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy, where she has practiced law since 2005. 

Angie is an experienced advocate for both private and public sector unions in collective bargaining negotiations; arbitrations regarding the interpretation of contracts and disciplinary/ termination grievance; in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and Illinois Labor Relations Board, as well as other federal, state and local agency proceedings; and state and federal court litigation and appeals.  Angie also advises unions on strategic planning, organizing drives, strikes, contract enforcement, draft legislation, and internal issues including: labor-management issues, union bylaw and constitution amendments, officer/member/steward training, officer elections, reporting requirements, and conducts internal investigations. Angie has represented individual employees in a variety of employment matters, and has represented jointly trusteed benefit funds on collection matters in federal court. 

Angie’s ability to relate to and understand unions, their members and individual employees stems from her family’s working-class background and her experience working for UNITE HERE Local 35 and the Greater New Haven Central Labor Council prior to attending law school.  Also, during law school, Angie was a Peggy Browning Fellow where she interned at the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and she was also a participant in the AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer program where she worked on an organizing drive and NLRB election with the United Steelworkers of America.

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