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, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, 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 Co-Chair of the Section’s Membership Development 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 is also a member of WPATH.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1982||05/11/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Lawyer of the Year -Employment Law - Individuals Chicago||The Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Principal||Law Office of Lori D. Ecker||1997 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law||Co-Chair, Membership Development Committee||2014 - Present|
|ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law||Co-Chair, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee||2013 - Present|
|College of Labor and Employment Lawyers||Fellow||2004 - Present|
|American Bar Foundation||Fellow||2004 - Present|
|Lowman v. Sara Lee||binding settlement reached|
|Kushner v. Kogen-Zivin-Friedman||settlement|
|Woytowicz v. Beckman Coulter||resolved by mutual agreement|
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|ABA Labor and Employment Law Section||Beards, Prayer and Other Acts of Conscience: Accommodating Employee Religious Freedom in the Workplace||2009|
|ABA LEL Section Newsletter||Mazurek Reviews State Court Challenges to At-Will Doctrine||2008|
|ABA LEL Section Newsletter||Panelists Consider Title VII on 40th Anniversary||2004|
|DePaul University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|Lake Forest College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|Luncheon Meeting||The Impact of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace||2015|
|8th Annual CLE||Advanced Issues in Reductions in Force||2014|
|7th Annual CLE||Can Employees be Disciplined for Out-of-Work Behaviors?||2013|
|Labor & Employment Law Section Conference||How to Prove your Case for Defamation||2012|
|Annual Meeting||Getting to Win-Win: Making Mediation Successful||2012|
|6th Annual CLE||EPLI for Dummies||2012|
|5th Annual CLE||So You Think You Got a Case? Your Employer Doesn't Think So! Seclecting Causes of Action and Identifying Available Defenses||2011|
|ABA Annual Meeting||Ricci, Lewis v. Chicago, Ledbetter, Testing and Affirmative Action: How are They Related||2010|
|ABA LEL Section Annual 3rd Annual CLE Conference||Getting Even? Don't Even Think About It!||2009|
|ABA Annual Meeting||Expansive New Developments in ADA and FMLA||2009|