LORI L. DEEM is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in Chicago, Illinois where she represents employees/plaintiffs in employment matters in all forums, including federal or state court, governmental agencies and ADR settings. 

Ms. Deem primarily represents individual employees in a variety of employment-related matters, including employment discrimination, retaliatory discharge (including whistleblower claims under The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002), as well as drafting and negotiation of employment contracts, separation agreements, and non-compete agreements. She has also conducted sexual harassment and other workplace investigations at the request of employers.

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.  Since the fall of 2012, Ms. Deem has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Illinois Super Lawyers and as a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine.

Ms. Deem is currently serving as the Employee Administrative Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee (“ERR”) and the Employee Co-Chair of the National Programs 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 Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association.  She is a frequent speaker and writer on various employment law topics.

LORI L. DEEM is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in Chicago, Illinois where she represents employees/plaintiffs in employment matters in all forums, including federal or state court, governmental agencies and ADR settings. 

Ms. Deem primarily represents individual employees in a variety of employment-related matters, including employment discrimination, retaliatory discharge (including whistleblower claims under The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002), as well as drafting and negotiation of employment contracts, separation agreements, and non-compete agreements. She has also conducted sexual harassment and other workplace investigations at the request of employers.

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.  Since the fall of 2012, Ms. Deem has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Illinois Super Lawyers and as a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine.

Ms. Deem is currently serving as the Employee Administrative Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee (“ERR”) and the Employee Co-Chair of the National Programs 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 Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and writer on various employment law topics.

Ms. Deem graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Xavier University and received a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is admitted to the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

Recent Speaking Engagements

 

2015

  • April 2015, Practising Law Institute, Chicago, IL, "Understanding Employment Law 2015"

2013

  • November 2013, ABA 6th Annual Labor & Employment CLE Conference, New Orleans, LA, “Workplace Investigation Basics: The Employee/Plaintiff Perspective

2012

  • November 2012, ABA 5th Annual Labor & Employment CLE Conference, Atlanta, GA “Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Dealing with the Problem Employee
  • November 2012, Chicago Bar Association Employment CLE Conference, Chicago, IL “2013 EEO Developments – Year in Review
  • June 2012, ABA Labor & Employment Section, Chicago Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee CLE Ethics Seminar, Chicago, IL “Ethical Concerns for the In-House Attorney Who Becomes Adversarial to His/Her Employer

2011

  • November 2011, ABA 5th Annual Labor & Employment CLE Conference, Seattle, WA
  • Can You Keep a Secret? How to Effectively Communicate Within the Limits of the Attorney/Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in an In-House Setting
  • April 2011, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Update, Chicago, IL “Bullying in the Workplace

2010

 

  • November 2010, ABA 4th Annual Labor & Employment CLE Conference, Chicago, IL “Overview of Non-Statutory Employment Law Claims
  • May 2010 Labor and Employment Relations Association, Chicago, IL “Obama + 1 – A Review of Important Employment Law Changes During the First Year of the Obama Administration
  • March 2010 ERR Midwinter Meeting, San Diego, CA “Here, There and Everywhere – New and Pending Whistleblower Legislation and Strategies for Handling Expanding Whistleblower Protections

2009

  • April 2009, Labor and Employment Relations Association, Chicago, IL “Employment and Labor Update: 2009 and Beyond” (Co-author with Ellen McLaughlin of Seyfarth Shaw LLP)
  • March 2009, ABA Labor & Employment Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting, Key West, FL, “Whistleblowing Nuts and Bolts” (Co-author with Robert Blackstone of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP)