Ms. Perez focuses her practice on labor, employment 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 Association and Illinois State Bar Association. Ms. Perez is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and 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
      • Northwestern Public Service Award Recipient
      • 1L Diversity Fellowship Recipient
    •  University of Notre Dame, 2004
      •  B.A., magna cum laude 
      • Majors: Political Science, Psychology
      • Dean’s List (All Semesters)
      • Pi Sigma Alpha National Honors
      • Psi Chi International Honors
  • Admissions

    • Illinois, 2008
    • United States District Court - Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Illinois Latino Law Forum
    • Ladder Up: Tax Assistance Program
    • Alzheimer’s Association RivALZ
    • Notre Dame Club of Chicago
    • Ronald McDonald House
  • 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