Commercial Litigator // Lynch Thompson LLP
Please provide a description of your practice.
Lynch Thompson LLP is a boutique commercial litigation firm in Chicago. Our practice covers a wide range of disputes and industries – no two cases are identical and I am always learning new things about different subject matters. Since transitioning from in-house practice over nine years ago, I have gained experience in all aspects of litigation and have participated in jury trials, mediations, and arbitrations. I was involved in a thirteen-day FINRA arbitration that resulted in a multi-million dollar award for our client, including a rare punitive damages award of $7.5 Million that was upheld by the First District.
What I enjoy about litigation is the strategy and team collaboration required to work through complex issues, as well as putting arguments into writing to persuade the intended audience. I am happy to be part of team that excels at these skills. The most rewarding aspect of my job, however, is working with clients to achieve positive outcomes.
Why are you a member of the WBAI?
The first WBAI event I attended was a book club discussing the memoir “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner. Having been involved in a book club with friends for over a decade, I thought this event was the perfect opportunity for me to check out WBAI. I have been hooked on WBAI events ever since. In the time I have been a member, I have appreciated the variety of opportunities WBAI provides for women to meet and learn from other professional women. I think it is so important for women to support women, particularly in this field, and WBAI does a great job facilitating those vital mentorships and connections.
What do you think is the best way to empower women in law?
As a younger attorney, I had a lot of female peers in the courtroom, but as I get older and become more seasoned, I have observed that the pool of senior female litigators is much smaller. To help change this course, I believe women need to connect with and support other women – both junior and senior.
On a broader scale, I would like to see more employers embrace flexible policies for all working parents, not just working mothers. Too often, the burden of childcare defaults to the mother, and even well-meaning policies enforce that burden and hinder the ability of women to advance.
What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?
Professionally, I am working on some interesting cases that will be building up over the first half of 2024.
This year, I started boxing training (including sparring in the ring on occasion) and want to continue working on that skill in the next year. Boxing is an amazing outlet and challenges you both physically and mentally – I think more women should try it! I also more recently got into distance running and I am excited to run my first marathon in Chicago in 2024. I have twin preteen daughters and I take very seriously the role I play in helping them develop self-love and confidence. The best way for me to do this is to show by example the ways I embrace new challenges with confidence, determination, and joy.
Tell us something interesting about you.
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and moved to Chicago in 2008. Even though I love Chicago and call it my home, deep down I will always be a Pittsburgh girl (aka, a “Yinzer”). In my free time, I love hanging out with my twin daughters, cooking, and biking or running around the city and on the Lakefront Trail.