Laura Bacon is a versatile attorney and dedicated thought leader with a passion for shaping more inclusive communities. She leverages her deep litigation experience to help clients protect information; navigate trade secret protection, restrictive covenants, non-disclosure agreements, and other employment concerns; and develop forward-thinking, business-focused risk management strategies. She offers day-to-day counseling and handles a wide variety of employment, business, and contractual disputes in state and federal court, and various arbitration venues. Laura is also Deputy Co-leader of the Food, Beverage & Agribusiness.
Laura believes strongly in advocating for underrepresented groups, and in particular, the superwomen colleagues and clients she works with who inspires her every day. She frequently advises female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses, while participating in conferences that support the advancement of women in the legal profession and beyond.
Proprietary and valuable business information can take many forms, whether highly sensitive intellectual property, carefully curated customer lists, or confidential research and development. I counsel clients to develop policies, protocols, and employment agreements that protect their business, and represent businesses in litigation when their information is threatened.
I help navigate trade secret protection, restrictive covenants, non-disclosure agreements, and other employment concerns. I have evaluated and handled a variety of trade secret theft cases, a number of which arose in connection with employment agreements and noncompetition provisions.
Recent matters include: the representation of a diagnostic software manufacturer accused of trade secret theft and copyright infringement, involvement in an arbitration to determine the rightful owner of technology for the development of renewable resources, and defending a preliminary injunction proceeding brought by a new employee’s former employer seeking to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants.
My wide-ranging experience in subject matters, ranging from professional negligence to employment discrimination to intellectual property disputes, allows me to handle a variety of commercial litigation matters, develop creative strategies for resolution, and continue to think big-picture about all aspects of a client’s business. I have represented clients in venues nationwide, including federal district and appellate courts, state courts including the Delaware Chancery Court, and other administrative and arbitration forums.
Prior to entering private practice, I worked as in-house litigation counsel for a multi-employer pension and benefits fund handling primarily ERISA matters.
I advise clients on employment and personnel concerns so they can attend to day-to-day operations. These wide-ranging issues include drafting non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, updating employee policies, and advising on employee complaints and misconduct issues. I also counsel and defend employers and companies relating to compliance and claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
Expect an uptick in cross-industry litigation over the next few years due to increased deal-making activity, employee mobility trends that do not seem to be slowing, and workplace flexibility brought on by COVID-19.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
DePaul University College of Law, J.D., cum laude; Member, DePaul Law Review
Indiana University, B.S., Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner-elect Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article analyzing the 7th Circuit’s latest ruling in a Department of Veterans Affairs employment discrimination case that has lasted for more than 10 years.
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon authored this article about the Illinois Appellate Courts affirming the dismissal of an employer's suit to enforce post-employment restrictive covenants. This sends a strong message to Illinois employers on the unenforceability of overly broad geographic and activity restrictions.
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon authored this article about the issues employers may face related to marijuana use policies and drug testing, as more states pass recreational and medical cannabis laws.
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