A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and Stanford University, Laura is an accomplished litigator. She recently won a $250,000 verdict after a seven-day jury trial for a woman who accused her employer of allowing a customer to sexually harass and stalk her. Laura has also delivered results for her clients by arguing and winning motions for contempt of court and for summary judgment. She has taken or defended over one hundred depositions.
Laura brings a unique skill set to her work. As a certified mediator and former legal negotiations teaching assistant, she appreciates that negotiating a resolution may be the best option for her clients. But she has the chops and experience to file suit and see her cases through to positive resolutions when necessary. Laura is also fluent in Spanish. She frequently represents medical professionals, Spanish speakers, pregnant women and disabled workers with discrimination claims.
Before joining Robinson Curley, Laura worked for nine years as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) where she litigated and investigated allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Most recently, she served as an Attorney Advisor to EEOC Commissioner Charlotte Burrows. Prior to the EEOC, she worked on wage and hour, employment and bankruptcy matters as an Associate at Paul Hastings LLP.
Una graduada de Northwestern University School of Law y Stanford University, Laura es una litigante consumada. Recientemente ella obtuvo un veredicto de $250,000 después de un juicio con un jurado de siete días para una mujer quien acusó a su empleador de haber permitido que un cliente la acechara y acosara sexualmente. Laura también ha entregado resultados a sus clientes argumentando y ganando mociones de desacato al tribunal y de juicio sumario. Ella ha tomado o defendido más de cien deposiciones.
Laura ofrece una serie de competencias única a su trabajo. Como una mediadora certificada y anterior profesora ayudante de negociaciones legales, aprecia que negociar una resolución puede ser la mejor opción para sus clientes. Pero también tiene la experiencia necesaria para presentar demandas y llevar los casos a cabo hasta resoluciones positivas cuando es requerido. Laura también domina el español. Ella frecuentemente representa a profesionales médicos, hispanoparlantes, mujeres embarazadas y trabajadores con discapacidades con reclamaciones de discriminación.
Antes de unirse a Robinson Curley, Laura trabajó por nueve años como una abogada litigante en la Comisión para la igualdad de oportunidades en el empleo de los EE.UU. (EEOC) donde ella litigó e investigó denuncias de discriminación, acoso y represalias. Más recientemente, ella sirvió como una Abogada Asesora a la Comisionada de EEOC Charlotte Burrows. Antes del EEOC, ella trabajó en asuntos de salarios y horarios, empleo y bancarrota como una asociada en Paul Hastings LLP.
- Laura won a $250,000 jury verdict against a Fortune 100 company for a woman who alleged sexual harassment and stalking by a customer. The favorable verdict came after a seven-day jury trial before Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge Ruben Castillo. Laura wrote and presented the opening statement and took testimony from seven witnesses, including the accused harasser and experts.
- From September to December 2018, Laura served as Attorney Advisor to EEOC Commissioner Charlotte Burrows, where she advised the Commissioner on pregnancy discrimination, age discrimination, harassment, and discrimination against LGBTQ, immigrant and construction workers.
- Laura represented a mother whose employer refused to allow her to return to work after her maternity leave. She negotiated for the employer to reinstate the mother and to provide a significant monetary settlement, which included repayment of her educational loans and tutoring to help the breadwinner mother study to pass her nursing exam.
- Laura was the lead attorney in a lawsuit accusing a manager of sexually harassing and/or assaulting 13 young workers. Laura prepared the trauma survivors for testimony and took managers’ testimony. She negotiated a favorable resolution for all the victims and for significant changes to the employer’s protocols for responding to harassment allegations.
- Laura represented numerous pregnant workers whose employers fired them instead of accommodating their pregnancy-related medical restrictions.
- Laura sued a Fortune 100 company, accusing it of firing disabled employees who were qualified to work. Laura co-managed over forty attorneys and paralegals in this complex litigation. The case settled favorably for the discrimination victims and the company was required to change its policies so that disabled employees who were able to work were allowed to do so.
- Laura represented twenty Spanish-speaking Latino workers who accused their employer of mistreating them because of their national origin and for retaliating against those who complained. She identified several new class members after screening them in Spanish.
- Laura represented a construction employee who was violently assaulted because of his race, resulting in a $325,000 settlement and significant injunctive relief.
- State Bar of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Memberships & Activities
- Member, National Employment Lawyers Association – Illinois, 2017 to present
- National Institute in Trial Advocacy (NITA)
- Scholarship Recipient, Deposition Skills Training, 2017
- Trial Skills Training graduate, 2012
- Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force
- Labor Trafficking Subcommittee Member, 2013-2018
- Impact Fund
- Selected for Intensive Class Action Training Institute, 2015
- American Bar Association Equal Employment Opportunity (ABA EEO) Committee
- Fellow with Full Scholarship, 2013-2015
- Chicago Appleseed
- Board Member, 2009-2013
- Board President, 2012-2013
Awards & Recognitions
- Awarded $30,000 post-graduate Stanford Haas Center for Public Service Fellowship
- Received Good Apple award for service to Chicago Appleseed
- Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
- Certified Mediator, Center for Conflict Resolution, 2008
- Stanford University, A.B. Urban Studies, 2003
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- Investigating Allegations of Systemic Discrimination, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chicago District Office, June 2018
- Pregnancy Discrimination Post-Young v. UPS, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (CBA YLS), October 2017
- Pregnancy Discrimination Claims in Light of Young v. UPS, National Employment Lawyers Association Illinois (NELA IL), September 2017
- Ethical Concerns When Conducting Internal Investigations, EXCEL Conference, June 2017
- Keynote Speaker, Northwestern University School of Law Inaugural Public Interest Social, January 2017
- Federal and State Protections for Workers with Pregnancy-Related Conditions, Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Labor and Employment Committee, January 2016
- Civil Rights Issues Affecting Low-Wage Workers, Chicago Kent College of Law, October 2015 and November 2014
- What U.S. EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Means for Grooming and Dress Code Policies, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, July 2015
- Legal Issues Affecting Temporary Workers, Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence, October 2014
- Know Your Rights, Muslim American Society and Bridgeview Mosque, May 2014
- Bringing Employment Discrimination Claims on Behalf of Immigrant, Migrant and Other Vulnerable Populations, EEOC Technical Assistance Program Seminars (TAPS) Wisconsin, June 2013
- Successfully Overcoming Employers’ Scorched-Earth Defense Tactics, Minnesota Trial, Summer 2013
- An EEOC Attorney’s Perspective, 2013 Human Resources Seminar, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, April 2013
- United We Stand: Effectively Representing Immigrants in Employment Cases, National Employment Law Association (NELA) National Conference, March 2013
Presentations in Spanish:
- Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Information for Immigrant Workers, Mujeres Latinas en Acción
- Know Your Rights, Mexican Consulate, August 2011-2014