Mark E. Furlane

Mark E. Furlane
Berger, Newmark & Fenchel PC
1753 North Tripp Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60639

Tel: 312-704-7223 (direct)
Tel: 312-782-5050 (main)
Fax: 312-782-6491


Mark E. Furlane

Mark was born in Joliet, Illinois and graduated from Central College with a B.A. Magna Cum Laude. He received a Juris Doctorate with honors from George Washington and a MBA with a finance specialization from the University of Chicago. He represents clients facing the full spectrum of labor and employment issues that confront today's employers and executives. He has focused his practice in traditional labor, employment, benefits and fiduciary litigation and counseling. Mark wrestled in college and coached George Washington University’s wrestling team while a law student. After law school Mark served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves on active duty as a lawyer for almost five years before entering private practice. He gained valuable trial and administrative law experience while in the Marine Corps.

Mark has extensive experience on behalf of both private and public employers in virtually all types of employment-related litigation in federal and state courts, in individual and class actions, and before various administrative agencies. He also has experience negotiating executive and other employment and separation agreements and represents clients in OSHA matters, including litigation before the Occupational Safety and Review Commission. Mark has litigated class actions, individual and class actions and actions by the secretary of labor brought under ERISA, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other laws and related regulations. He also has considerable experience in traditional labor counseling, collective bargaining and handling grievances and labor arbitration.

In the area of restrictive covenants, Mark helps clients design effective policies, practices and agreements to protect their competitive advantage. His strategic approach to client representation helps clients develop successful programs to maximize protection of their competitive advantage. Mark has litigated restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, seeking injunctive relief and damages in state and federal court.
Mark has been active in the Federal Bar Association, and serves as a board member and was Chicago Chapter, President 2014-2015; Mark remains a board member and Member of the Employment Law Committee. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and past Chair of its Labor and Employment Committee. He is also a Member, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Pro Bono Advisory Committee.

Mark has been listed for many years as a management employment lawyer in the “Super Lawyers”, the “Best Lawyers” in the United States, Illinois, and Chicago, and in the “Leading Lawyers Network” publications.

Mark has been married to Susan M. Keegan for 29 years and they have two adult children, Gahan and Michael.

Practice Areas:


Labor and Employment Relations

Pension & Employee Benefits





Berger, Newmark & Fenchel P.C.
1753 North Tripp Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639
Downtown Office
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 910
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Tel: (312) 782-5050
Fax: (312) 782-6491
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