Lori D. Ecker is an experienced trial attorney practicing since 1982. She is an arbitrator and mediator of employment disputes and represents employees in cases arising under local, state, and federal antidiscrimination laws and in matters involving the Family and Medical Leave Act, noncompete agreements, severance agreements, employment contracts and employment torts.
Ms. Ecker has litigated over 100 cases, but much of her time is spent in alternative dispute resolution of employment cases. She received her formal training as a mediator with the DePaul University Mediation Training Certificate Course. She is listed as a court-certified mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Court-Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program, and she is listed on the American Arbitration Association’s National Employment Arbitration Roster.
Ms. Ecker is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She was elected to the College's Board of Governors effective January 2017. She is listed in Who'sWho in American Law and Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, as an Illinois Super Lawyer, a Leading Illinois Attorney, and a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. Ms. Ecker is often interviewed as an authority on employment law by national and regional media, such as Fortune Magazine, WMAQ-AM, WBEZ-FM, and the Chicago Tribune. A frequent lecturer, Ms. Ecker has spoken and written on a wide variety of employment law topics, including mediation, arbitration, litigation strategy, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, employment torts, sexual harassment, age discrimination, leaves of absence, and retaliation.
A graduate of Lake Forest College, Ms. Ecker received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. She is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, and she is a member of the U.S. District Court Trial Bar.
Ms. Ecker is a Council Member of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. She served as Employee Co-chair of the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Section from 2014 through 2016; she is a member of both the National Employment Lawyers Association and its local affiliate, NELA/Illinois, of which she is a past President and a founding Executive Board Member; she is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, for which she served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee during the 1997-98 bar year; and she is Chair of the Legal Committee of WPATH.