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Outten & Golden LLP: Firm Expands and Relocates Chicago Office

PRNewswire—Outten & Golden LLP

Outten & Golden LLP, the largest firm in the nation that represents employees exclusively, announced the expansion and relocation of its Chicago office today.

The partner in charge of the Chicago office is Lori L. Deem, whose practice is focused on representing executives, professionals and employees in employment contract, severance and non-compete drafting and negotiation, as well as matters involving discrimination, retaliation and whistleblowing. Ms. Deem had been a partner with Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson in Chicago.

Ms. Deem joins Paul W. Mollica, who joined Outten & Golden as of counsel in 2010 to establish the firm’s Chicago office. The expanded Chicago office will represent executives and employees in many kinds of transactional and litigation matters.

O&G is renowned for its representation of employees, executives, and partners worldwide in transactional matters, such as employment, separation, and expatriate agreements, and for its representation of employees in class actions and individual litigations and arbitrations (in the areas of wage-and-hour claims, WARN violations, discrimination and retaliation claims, breaches of contract, restrictive covenants, and more).

Outten & Golden managing partner Wayne N. Outten said, “While we already represent clients throughout the nation and abroad, we are excited about the opportunity to expand our practice in the Chicago area. Lori is a well-known and highly regarded lawyer and is very involved in the legal community in Chicago and nationwide. She is a great fit for our firm, joining our esteemed colleague Paul Mollica.”

Ms. Deem said, “Outten & Golden is the premier employee-side employment firm in America. I have worked with Wayne and other O&G attorneys for many years in bar association activities, and I have long admired them for their expertise, integrity and creativity. Paul is one of the most well respected employment attorneys in Chicago and beyond, and I look forward to working with him and taking on new challenges, including representing individual executives, professionals, and other employees in transactional matters, ADR and negotiation settings and litigation.”

The firm’s Chicago office is located at 161 North Clark Street, Suite 4700, Chicago, IL 60601. The telephone number there is 312.809.7010.

About Lori L. Deem

Ms. Deem represents employees/plaintiffs in employment matters in all forums, including federal or state court, governmental agencies and ADR settings. She focuses her practice on employment discrimination, retaliatory discharge, as well as drafting and negotiation of employment contracts, separation agreements, and non-compete agreements.

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 mid-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 currently serves as the Employee Co-Chair of the National Programs Committee of the Labor & Employment Section of the American Bar Association. She also is 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.

About Paul W. Mollica

Mr. Mollica has wide appellate experience, including dozens of appeals in state and federal courts, and he has often authored or co-authored amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals for such national organizations as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, ACLU, NAACP, AARP, People for the American Way, and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He is also a frequent author and lecturer to lawyers and courts in the area of employment discrimination. He served as executive editor on the Fourth and Fifth Editions of Lindemann and Grossman's Employment Discrimination Law (BNA 2007, 2012), and he worked as associate editor on all supplements since 2000. Since 2004, Mr. Mollica has authored the “Daily Developments in EEO Law” law blog.

In 2011, Mr. Mollica was elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI), a limited-enrollment organization devoted to publishing scholarly work to develop the law (including Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law). In 2008, he was named an Advisor to the ALI's Employment Law Restatement and was elected as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. He is also a two-term past president of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, a public-interest bar association. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Illinois and has the highest AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is licensed to practice in Illinois and New York.

About Outten & Golden LLP

With offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, Outten & Golden represents employees and other individuals, including executives, partners, professionals and talent, in all industries, all professions, and at all employment levels. As advocates for workplace fairness, the firm’s attorneys advise and represent clients in matters involving former employers, current employers, and potential future employers and partnerships. O&G also represents groups of employees collectively, including executive teams in transition. The firm’s international practice reaches across borders to represent and protect multinational employees, executives, and partners. More information is available at

Outten & Golden has 11 practice groups: Employee Benefits, Executives & Professionals, Financial Services, Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination, Family Responsibilities & Disabilities Discrimination, Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Workplace Rights, Discrimination & Retaliation, Whistleblower Retaliation, Class & Collective Actions, WARN Act, and Appellate Litigation.

Contacts: Wayne N. Outten and Lori L. Deem, Outten & Golden LLP, 212.245.1000 and 312.809.7010.