Laura B. Bacon - Complex Commercial Disputes lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

Laura B. Bacon



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 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.

What do you focus on?

Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants

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.

Commercial Litigation

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.

Employment Counseling and Litigation

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).

What do you see on the horizon?

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.

NP thought leadership in leading journal

Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report | March 21, 2022

This industry journal, which covers the latest legal issues involving cybersecurity and data privacy, includes two NP articles based on client alerts. Complex Disputes practice group leader John Ruskusky, partners Rich Tilghman and Laura Bacon, and associate Kate Letcher, all in Chicago, contributed an article entitled, “The Seventh Circuit certifies question regarding accrual of BIPA claims to Illinois Supreme Court.” John and Rich also contributed a second article, “Workers’ Compensation Act does not bar claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, Illinois Supreme Court rules.” Both pieces provide insight on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and its litigation impacts to date.

7th circuit assesses class certification for disparate impact discrimination claims

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 20, 2022

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon contributed this article covering the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision regarding a class-action lawsuit alleging discriminatory hiring practices for correctional officers in Cook County, Illinois. She details the court’s rationale for vacating a previous ruling and what it means for class certification criteria.

Notable Rising Stars in Law

Crain’s Chicago Business | September 09, 2021

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon has been named to the publication’s “Notable Rising Stars in Law” list and is featured in a Q&A article on a recent litigation win, her pro bono work and community involvement, and organizations she’s passionate about.

Illinois attorneys hope virtual hearings will endure post-pandemic

Law360 | March 12, 2021

This article on the efficiencies gained through virtual hearings quotes Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon for her thoughts on time saved from commuting to county courts and training opportunities for more junior attorneys. Laura is also quoted on her outlook on being able to present a motion and make an argument in person in a courtroom, when health guidelines permit.

Postmates' challenge must be arbitrated; decision appealed

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | September 03, 2020

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon contributed article for her outlook on the case relating to the employee classification of the online delivery platform’s couriers.

People on the Move

Crain’s Chicago | February 24, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the Chicago business world highlights the promotion of Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon, who is part of NP’s new partner class for 2020.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | February 04, 2020

This column of notable executive moves in the legal industry included a write-up on the promotion of Nixon Peabody’s 2020 new partner class: Laura Bacon, Shariff Barakat, Katie Baynes, Robert Fisher, Kimberly Harding, Brian Mahoney, Sonia Nayak, Dara Newman Histed, Morgan Nighan, Chris Porzio, Rachel Pugliese, Dana Roper, and Peter Trimarchi.

Career Tracker: Lawyers on the Move

Reuters Legal | February 03, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the legal industry highlights the 13 members of Nixon Peabody’s 2020 new partner class: Laura Bacon, Shariff Barakat, Katie Baynes, Robert Fisher, Kimberly Harding, Brian Mahoney, Sonia Nayak, Dara Newman Histed, Morgan Nighan, Chris Porzio, Rachel Pugliese, Dana Roper and Peter Trimarchi.

7th Circuit clarifies pleading standard for bias claims

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 23, 2020

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.

Contact

Laura B. Bacon

Partner
Deputy Co-leader, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

Chicago

Phone: 312-977-4403


Fax: 844-552-3035

DePaul University College of Law, J.D., cum laude; Member, DePaul Law Review

Indiana University, B.S., Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Illinois

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

  • Honoree, Crain’s Chicago Business, Notable Rising Stars in Law, 2021
  • Leading Lawyers: Emerging Lawyers, 2017–2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016
  • Chicago Bar Association (Alliance for Women)
  • American Bar Association
  • Leads NP’s participation in Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic’s expungement clinic
  • Negotiated a favorable resolution for an inmate at Stateville Correctional Center in his Section 1983 claim against various prison officials
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