Al was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm of Ungaretti & Harris which, after having grown from five lawyers to 125 lawyers, merged into the national law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP. At Ungaretti & Harris, Al served for many years as managing partner and then as a member of its Executive and Compensation Committees. His legal practice was primarily focused on the representation of individuals and organizations engaged in financial transactions such as broker-dealers, investment advisers, securities and commodities traders, and stock exchanges.
Al has always had a deep interest in and concern for education. He served for 14 years as chair of the Board of Columbia College Chicago and for more than 25 years he was an adjunct professor at the Northwestern School of Law.
In recent years, Al has devoted the great majority of his time to writing and speaking about gender issues and particularly about why women find it so much more difficult than men to achieve satisfying, visible career success—and what can be done to change this. He is the author with his wife, Andrea Kramer (Andie) of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work (Bibliomotion 2016) and the forthcoming, It’s Not You It’s the Workplace: Women’s Conflict at Work and the Bias That Built It (Nicholas Brealy 2019). Al and Andie have also written more than 150 articles and blog posts on gender stereotypes and bias, creating gender diverse workplaces, effective communication techniques, and sexual misconduct. Their work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.