Laura Bacon focuses her practice on contractual and business disputes. She represents clients in both state and federal courts in addition to various administrative venues and arbitration forums throughout the country.
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 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. 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.
In today’s ever-changing technology landscape, employers must balance the need to have 24-7 accessibility and flexibility for employees with implementing adequate controls and procedures for security and legal compliance. Particularly those companies experiencing rapid growth may unknowingly run afoul of various employment laws and needlessly expose their proprietary information if they do not make investments in infrastructure and management.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | August 07, 2019
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article analyzing a recent Illinois Appellate Court decision that found that the plaintiff, a wholesale seafood company, could not enforce the overly restrictive post-employment contract it had signed with a former sales associate.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | August 07, 2019
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.
Crain’s Chicago Business | July 11, 2019
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article analyzing the US Women’s Soccer team’s battle for equal pay, and highlighting their remarkable record of success on the pitch.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | April 25, 2019
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.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | February 12, 2019
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article analyzing a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss with prejudice an employment discrimination suit in which the plaintiffs repeatedly failed to amend flaws in their filings.
Medium.com | January 31, 2019
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon authored this column about women and leadership in the legal industry. She recaps her experience at an ALAS conference focused on advancing women in law firm leadership and how discussions about implicit bias and inclusion—inside and outside the law firm—are helping create concrete solutions for the future.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | November 28, 2018
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article analyzing a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to reverse a summary judgment finding in the matter of a woman who claims she was fired from her company under false pretenses after reporting the sexual harassment of a colleague.
Law360 | November 14, 2018
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon and Labor & Employment associate Brittany Bogaerts, co-wrote this contributed article analyzing a Seventh Circuit ruling that held Costco responsible for a hostile work environment created by a customer harassing an employee.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | September 03, 2018
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon authored this article about a recent opinion issued by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals related to a Title VII action filed by a former Cook County Department of Corrections officer against her employer and how the plaintiff’s Facebook post during the litigation impacted the case.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | July 01, 2018
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article on a California employment discrimination matter that offers important lessons for employers entering into settlement agreements.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | April 18, 2018
Chicago commercial litigation associate Laura Bacon wrote this article analyzing a recent claim of hostile work environment brought by an employee of the Illinois Department of Human Services.
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DePaul University College of Law, J.D., cum laude; Member, DePaul Law Review
Indiana University, B.S., Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
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
Negotiated a favorable resolution for an inmate at Stateville Correctional Center, in his Section 1983 claim against various prison officials.