15 years ago, Charles Krugel, charlesakrugel.com, started his own management side labor & employment law & human resources counseling practice. His clients are small to medium sized companies & not-for-profits in a variety of industries. In addition to providing traditional labor & employment law services, he represents companies desiring to institute preventive & proactive HR functions. These functions include policies & procedures that help to efficiently & discreetly resolve issues in-house & prevent lawsuits & complaints; they also help to reduce costs & act as catalysts for increasing productivity & profits. Charles has been the lead litigator, negotiator & representative for hundreds of labor & employment agreements, arbitrations, mediations & agency cases/complaints & investigations. Moreover, he’s frequently the subject of business related TV, radio & print interviews. Relative to civic & association involvement, Charles is on many boards of directors including the GOA Regional Business Association-2014 Chair; Latinos Progresando, Youth Outreach Services; Kelly Hall YMCA; Black & Latino Achievers of the YMCA's of Chicago; & the Small Business Advocacy Council; & in July he just finished up a 5-year run on the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Young Professionals Board.