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. In addition, she has a deep and well-rounded understanding of all areas of labor and employment law.
Lauren represents management on issues related to collective bargaining relationships and labor disputes, including formulation of bargaining strategies, contract administration, maintenance of operations during labor disputes, and responses to “corporate” campaigns.
Clients facing litigation turn to Lauren for her insights in handling discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour complaints in federal and state court, as well as labor arbitrations and matters before the NLRB, EEOC, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and other state and federal agencies.
When it comes to employment counseling, clients turn to Lauren for her experience with all aspects of employment matters including internal investigations, employee disciplines, wage and hour, and leaves of absence. She frequently serves as 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. In addition, Lauren also handles OSHA compliance and investigations.
Lauren is at the forefront of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), providing compliance counseling to businesses and representing companies facing litigation.
With the increased focus on sexual harassment in the workplace, the firm has launched the Workforce Investigations Team to assist clients with investigations, compliance, and resolution. Lauren is a founding member of WIT and has decades of experience assisting clients in this area.
Lauren has advised clients across a diverse range of industries, including food and beverage, automotive, construction, gaming, manufacturing, outsourcing, education, telecommunications, and staffing services, including security staffing. She frequently represents private and family owned businesses and family offices.
She is an elected member of the Chicago Bar Association Board of Managers and is the former Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women.