Ms. Perez focuses her practice on labor and employment, financial services, and general commercial litigation matters.

She regularly counsels clients on a wide-range of legal issues relating to business practice and personnel management. Ms. Perez has extensive experience representing securities broker-dealers in connection with litigation matters, including handling disputes involving contract claims, unfair trade practices and unfair competition claims, raiding claims, breach of fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty claims, and enforcement of restrictive covenants. She has successfully litigated cases, both individually and on trial teams, involving ERISA claims, employment-related issues, and contract disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitration forums around the country.

Ms. Perez received her J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2008 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. She is a member of the American Bar, Illinois State Bar, Florida Bar, and Chicago Bar Associations and currently serves as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Commercial Litigation Committee. She is also a co-founder and contributing author of H2 Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Law Blog. Ms. Perez is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois and Florida, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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  • Education

    • Northwestern University School of Law, 2008
      •  J.D.
      • Note and Comment Editor, Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property
      • Honors: Dean’s List; Northwestern Public Service Award Recipient; 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipient
    •  University of Notre Dame, 2004 
      • B.A., magna cum laude
      • Majors: Political Science, Psychology
      • Honors: Dean’s List (All Semesters); Psi Chi International; Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Admissions

    • Florida, 2018
    • Illinois, 2008
    • United States District Court – Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Chicago Bar Association 
      • Chair, Commercial Litigation Committee, 2018 – Present
      • Vice-Chair, Commercial Litigation Committee, 2017-2018
    • Florida Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Illinois Latino Law Forum
    • Notre Dame Club of Chicago
    • Alzheimer’s Association RivALZ, Flag Football
  • Representative Matters

    • Successfully tried a variety of employment and contract cases in arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on behalf of a major broker-dealer client.
    • Obtained immediate injunctive relief (TROs and preliminary injunctions) to protect clients’ trade secrets and confidential information against employees who violated the terms of their restrictive covenant contracts.
    • Successfully prosecuted debt collection actions seeking repayment of employee forgivable loans.
    • Obtained dismissal of all claims asserted against a strategic advisory and investment banking firm in state court.
    • Assisted in successfully defending a global medical supply company against allegations of ERISA violations stemming from the investment of that company’s profit-sharing plan in employer securities.
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Laurie A. Perez

200 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60604-2461
Office: (312) 456-3650
Fax: (312) 939-5617