LORI L. DEEM is an employment lawyer and partner at Outten & Golden LLP in Chicago, Illinois. She is Co-chair of the Discrimination Practice Group, Co-chair of the Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Practice Group, and is a member of the Executives and Professionals Practice Group. Ms. Deem has practiced employment law for her entire legal career. She represents employees/plaintiffs exclusively in various types of employment matters in a number of forums, including federal or state court, governmental agencies and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) settings.
Ms. Deem regularly represents individual executives and employees for negotiation and litigation in the areas of individual employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge (including whistleblower claims), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, and related employment torts. She also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating employment contracts, separation agreements, and non-compete agreements. Ms. Deem has advised senior executives and employees experiencing difficult career and workplace challenges, helping them develop strategies to navigate toward a workable solution.
Since the fall of 2012, Ms. Deem has been recognized each year as a Super Lawyer by Illinois Super Lawyers and as a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine. From 2008 through 2012, she was recognized each year as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers, recognizing the top 2.5 percent of young attorneys in Illinois.
Ms. Deem is currently serving as the Employee Administrative Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee and the Employee Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee of the Labor & Employment Section of the American Bar Association. She also serves on the Leadership Committee for the Chicago Chapter of ERR. In 2011, Ms. Deem was selected to participate in the ABA Labor & Employment Section’s Leadership Development Program. Ms. Deem is also a member of the Illinois and National Chapters of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of employment law topics.