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Practice Dedicated Exclusively to Employment Law on Behalf of Employees.


Lori is an experienced trial attorney practicing since 1982. She is an arbitrator and mediator of employment disputes and represents employees in cases arising under local, state, and federal antidiscrimination laws and in matters involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, noncompete agreements, severance agreements, employment contracts and employment torts.

Ms. Ecker has litigated over 100 cases, but much of her time is spent in alternative dispute resolution of employment cases as an advocate and also as a mediator and arbitrator. Ms. Ecker is a member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators. She received her formal training as a mediator with the DePaul University Mediation Training Certificate Course. She is listed as a court-certified mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Court-Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program, and she is listed on the American Arbitration Association’s National Employment Arbitration Roster.

Ms. Ecker is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, as an Illinois Super Lawyer, a Leading Illinois Attorney, and a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. Ms. Ecker is often interviewed as an authority on employment law by national and regional media, such as Fortune Magazine, CBS Chicago, WMAQ-AM, WBEZ-FM, and the Chicago Tribune. A frequent lecturer, Ms. Ecker has spoken and written on a wide variety of employment law topics, including mediation, arbitration, litigation strategy, employment torts, sexual harassment, age discrimination, leaves of absence, and retaliation.

A graduate of Lake Forest College, Ms. Ecker received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. She is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana. She is a member of the U.S. District Court Trial Bar.

Ms. Ecker is Employee Co-Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law. She is a past Co-Chair of the Section’s Marketing Committee, a member of both the National Employment Lawyers Association and its local affiliate, NELA/Illinois, of which she is a past President and a founding Executive Board Member; a past member of the Labor & Employment Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association; and a member of the Chicago Bar Association, for which she served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee during the 1997-98 bar year.

Ms. Ecker has devoted much of her time to charitable endeavors. Presently, she serves on the Evanston, Illinois Human Relations Commission.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 30%
  2. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  3. Wrongful Termination: 20%
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
  5. Litigation: 10%

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Law Office of Lori D. Ecker

19 South LaSalle Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60603


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198211/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year -Employment Law - Individuals ChicagoThe Best Lawyers in America2015
Top 50 Women Attorneys in IllinoisSuper Lawyers2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Lori D. Ecker1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
ABA Section of Labor and Employment LawCo-Chair, Membership Development Committee2014 - Present
ABA Section of Labor and Employment LawCo-Chair, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee2013 - Present
College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellow2004 - Present
American Bar FoundationFellow2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lowman v. Sara Leebinding settlement reached
Kushner v. Kogen-Zivin-Friedmansettlement
Woytowicz v. Beckman Coulterresolved by mutual agreement
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABA Labor and Employment Law SectionBeards, Prayer and Other Acts of Conscience: Accommodating Employee Religious Freedom in the Workplace2009
ABA LEL Section NewsletterMazurek Reviews State Court Challenges to At-Will Doctrine2008
ABA LEL Section NewsletterPanelists Consider Title VII on 40th Anniversary2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Lake Forest CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Luncheon MeetingThe Impact of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace2015
8th Annual CLEAdvanced Issues in Reductions in Force2014
7th Annual CLECan Employees be Disciplined for Out-of-Work Behaviors?2013
Labor & Employment Law Section ConferenceHow to Prove your Case for Defamation2012
Annual MeetingGetting to Win-Win: Making Mediation Successful2012
6th Annual CLEEPLI for Dummies2012
5th Annual CLESo You Think You Got a Case? Your Employer Doesn't Think So! Seclecting Causes of Action and Identifying Available Defenses2011
ABA Annual MeetingRicci, Lewis v. Chicago, Ledbetter, Testing and Affirmative Action: How are They Related2010
ABA LEL Section Annual 3rd Annual CLE ConferenceGetting Even? Don't Even Think About It!2009
ABA Annual MeetingExpansive New Developments in ADA and FMLA2009