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Lewis Brisbois Welcomes Mary Smigielski to Chicago Office

Chicago, Illinois (September 5, 2017) – Lewis Brisbois is pleased to welcome Mary Smigielski to its Chicago office as a partner in the Employment & Labor Practice.

Smigielski joins Lewis Brisbois after nearly a decade in-house at a Fortune 100 company and brings with her extensive experience handling employment matters.

“I’m particularly delighted because you don’t often have an opportunity to add an attorney of Mary’s reputation, experience, and professional connections,” said Employment & Labor Practice Co-Chair John Barber. “She deepens our resources in Chicago immeasurably and gives us another linchpin around which to operate our Illinois employment practice.”

Smigielski started her career in private practice, where she spent 14 years handling a range of employment and other business and litigation matters in industries ranging from financial services to healthcare. She regularly engaged in complex and single-plaintiff litigation, nationwide counseling, and sensitive workplace investigations, among other employment matters.

In moving in-house, Smigielski supervised litigation for more than 100,000 employees nationwide, engaged in cost-sensitive litigation management for class and collective actions, and negotiated highly favorable settlements. Her duties also included counseling management on all aspects of the employee life cycle, auditing employment practices, conducting due diligence for deals, crisis management, and developing and revising employment policies.

“Having spent 14 years in private practice and 10 years in the law department of a very sophisticated Fortune 100 company, I recognize the great importance of outside counsel who can provide practical legal and business advice and, frankly, just get things done without spending excessive amounts of a client’s time and money. Lewis Brisbois accomplishes those things and more, and I’m excited to be a part of the firm. I’m also thrilled to join a firm that has made a commitment to diversity,” Smigielski said.

Chicago Managing Partner Danny Worker said, “I’m happy to welcome Mary to Lewis Brisbois and am excited to have an attorney of her caliber expand our employment presence in the Chicago office.”

About Lewis Brisbois:

Established in 1979, Lewis Brisbois is a national, full-service law firm with more than 1,100 attorneys and offices in 42 cities and 26 states. Our national practice is sophisticated, multi-faceted, and well-versed in current legal trends, while our individual state practices provide vast resources and knowledge of procedural and legal nuances.

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