A fearless, strong and tenacious advocate, trial attorney Denise Lazar is appreciated for her persistence, creativity and ability to understand her clients’ objectives. Most importantly, Denise identifies what victory looks like for each client, and then works tirelessly to achieve that end.
Co-chair of the firm’s Toxic Tort practice group, Denise is a seasoned trial lawyer who represents companies and individuals in civil litigation matters across the country in state and federal courts. Denise also represents companies in international and domestic arbitration proceedings with a focus on injunctive relief matters. She focuses on simplifying complex legal and factual issues to make them understandable for decision-makers.
In addition to her litigation practice, Denise advises nonprofit organizations, including professional societies, private accreditation bodies and trade associations. Her experience in this area includes representing accrediting bodies and educational institutions in accreditation matters, advising ethics committees and providing counsel tailored to the unique needs of associations, particularly in the areas of ethics and compliance.
In addition to ultimately realizing the client’s objective, Denise has recovered millions of dollars of judgments in the U.S. and Denise serves as co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, serves on the Women’s Initiative Task Force and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board member, Family Defense Center
Vice president, executive committee member and Program and Advocacy Committee member, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Member, Executives Breakfast Club Executive Council
Member, Cornell Law School Executive Board
Founding board member, Mary Kennedy Brown Society
Co-Chair, Blessings in a Backpack Chicago Advisory Board
Barns & Thornburg Kenneth H. Inskeep Mentoring Award, 2015
Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-2019