Overview

With experience both in private practice and as in-house counsel for a labor union, Lauren has the unique ability to see both sides of a case.

Her labor and employment practice includes representing management on issues related to collective bargaining, employee disciplines, wage and hour matters, internal investigations, and leave of absence. Clients facing litigation turn to Lauren for her insights in handling labor arbitrations and matters before the NLRB, EEOC, and other state and federal agencies, as well as her experience successfully resolving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.     

Lauren has advised clients across a diverse range of industries, including food and beverage, automotive, construction, gaming, manufacturing, outsourcing, and education.

She is an active Executive Committee member of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women.

  • Experience

    • Played critical role in defending global electronics products company against claims filed by a former female sales executive who filed multiple internal complaints, agency charges and an arbitration demand alleging sex discrimination and retaliation. After a six-day arbitration hearing, a final award was issued in favor of the client.
    • Represented employers in dozens of labor arbitrations.
    • Obtained dismissal of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits filed in federal and state court. 
    • Lead negotiator in numerous collective bargaining negotiations.
    • Defended employers in litigation brought by union pension funds seeking collection of unpaid pension contributions.
    • Counsel to in-house attorneys and human resources executives on policies and procedures, non-compete agreements, hiring and terminations, reductions in force, employment contracts, settlement agreement, and severance matters.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2007
      Labor and Employment Certificate
    • George Washington University, B.A., Political Science, 2004

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

        Professional Memberships

        • American Bar Association
        • Chicago Bar Association, Alliance for Women, Executive Committee Member
      • Insights

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        News Release

        Emerging Lawyers Lists 14 Schiff Attorneys in Illinois

        Fourteen Schiff Hardin attorneys have been named to the 2019 Emerging Lawyers Network.

        Blog Post
        Event

        Ethical Issues Facing In-House Lawyers

        Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, In-House Counsel Committee

        Location:
        Chicago, Ill.
        Event

        Investigating Sexual Harassment Allegations

        Association of Inspectors Generals Fall 2018 Training Conference

        Location:
        Chicago, Ill.
        News Release

        Schiff Advised Altaris on $1.1 Billion Take-Private Acquisition of Analogic

        Schiff Hardin LLP served as legal counsel to Altaris Capital Partners in connection with an Altaris affiliate’s acquisition of Analogic Corporation for approximately $1.1 billion.

        Other Publications

        • ERISA Fiduciary Answer Book Supplement,Multiemployer Plans chapter author, Wolters Kluwer (Sep. 28, 2015)
        • “U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Employee Compensation Is Not Required for Workplace Security Screenings, Schiff Hardin Labor & Employment Update (Dec. 17, 2014)
        • “Supreme Court Rules That For-Profit Corporations Are Not Obligated to Comply With the Affordable Care Act’s Contraception Mandate Based on Religious Beliefs, (co-author) Schiff Hardin Labor & Employment Update (Jul. 3, 3014)

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Ethical Issues Facing In-House Lawyers,” (speaker) Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, In-House Counsel Committee, Chicago, Ill. (Nov. 5, 2018)
        • “Investigating Sexual Harassment Allegations,” Association of Inspectors Generals Fall 2018 Training Conference, Chicago, Ill. (Oct. 25, 2018)
        • “New Laws and Lessons for Employers After Trump’s First 100 Days,” (co-presenter) Schiff Hardin Podcast (May 11, 2017)
        • “A New Administration: What’s In Store for Employers, (speaker) Schiff Hardin Webinar (Dec. 13, 2016)
        • “Be in Compliance: Understanding If & How the New Overtime Rules Apply to Your Organization, Housing Action Illinois - 2016 Housing Matters Conference, Bloomington, Ill. (Oct. 27, 2016)
        • “The Intersection of Education and Labor: Practicing before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, YLS Education Law and Labor & Employee Committees, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Ill. (Mar. 29, 2012)
        • “Developing Accurate and Legally Defensible Job Descriptions: When Was the Last Time Your Job Descriptions Were Updated? YLS Education Law Committee Meeting, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Ill. (Oct. 14, 2010)

      Employment Law Landscape

      Six Flags Raises Red Flags: Illinois Supreme Court Weighs In On BIPA

      On January 25, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a person can seek liquidated damages based on a technical violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), even if that person has suffered no actual injury as a result of the violation. Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. No. 123186 (Ill. Jan. 25, 2019)... Continue Reading

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