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Laura E. Reasons

Associate

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5545
Fax: (312) 460-7545
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Ms. Reasons is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice focuses on the defense of employers in employment litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the nation, including class action and multi-plaintiff lawsuits, and FLSA and state law class and collective actions.  Ms. Reasons also has significant experience counseling clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination claim avoidance.

Ms. Reasons has also successfully represented clients on a pro bono basis.  She successfully won asylum for a client from Cameroon; represented a prisoner in civil rights litigation against employees of the Illinois Department of Corrections, resulting in a favorable settlement; and volunteers regularly at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic where she represents low income victims of domestic violence in order of protection cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Reasons was a judicial extern to the Honorable George W. Lindberg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Sponsored by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Ms. Reasons was also a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. Ms. Reasons speaks French.

Ms. Reasons is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Her practice focuses on the defense of employers in employment litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the nation, including class action and multi-plaintiff lawsuits, and FLSA and state law class and collective actions.  Ms. Reasons also has significant experience counseling clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination claim avoidance.

Ms. Reasons has also successfully represented clients on a pro bono basis.  She successfully won asylum for a client from Cameroon; represented a prisoner in civil rights litigation against employees of the Illinois Department of Corrections, resulting in a favorable settlement; and volunteers regularly at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic where she represents low income victims of domestic violence in order of protection cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Reasons was a judicial extern to the Honorable George W. Lindberg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Sponsored by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Ms. Reasons was also a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at Domestic Violence Legal Clinic. Ms. Reasons speaks French.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (2007)
    with High Honors
    Order of the Coif
    Certificate in Labor and Employment law
    CALI Awards for Highest Grade in Business Organizations, Legal Writing and Employee Benefits
  • B.A., Washington University (2004)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Chavez, et al. & Rodriguez, et al. v. City of Albuquerque, Case Nos. 09-2274, 09-2288, 10-2041 & 10-2042 (10th Cir. 2009) (Successfully represented City in Tenth Circuit appeal of wage and hour collective action where Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for City.  Case involved complicated questions of the proper method of calculation of the regular rate of pay under the FLSA and created important precedent in this area).
  • DeMarco v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Case No. 10-cv-397 (N.D. Ill. 2010) (FLSA collective action and state law putative class action alleging violations of state and federal minimum wage and overtime lawsuits based on hospital’s automatic meal period deduction practice).
  • EEOC v. DHL Express (USA), Inc., Case No. 10-cv-06139 (N.D. Ill. 2010) (Represented employer against class action race discrimination lawsuit brought by EEOC).
  • EEOC v. McIntyre Group, Ltd., Case No. 07-cv-5458 (N.D. Ill. 2007) (Represented employer against class action race discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC.)
  • Galindo v. The McClatchy Co., Case No. 34-2009-00033850-CU-OE-GDS (Cal. Super. Ct. 2009) (Class action challenging the classification of plaintiffs as independent contractors rather than employees. Plaintiffs allege that they and other contractors were denied overtime, meal and rest breaks, and other violations of the California Labor Code.)
  • Gonzales, et al. v. City of Albuquerque, Case No. 09-cv-00520 (D.N.M. 2009) (Represented employer against constitutional claims arising from termination of City employees, and exempt status claim under the FLSA; won partial summary judgment on highest dollar value claim in the case and reached favorable settlement on remaining claim; and represented employer on Plaintiffs’ appeal to the Tenth Circuit.)
  • Lacy v. The University of Chicago Medical Center, Case No. 11-cv-5268 (N.D. Ill. 2011) (FLSA collective action and state law putative class action alleging violations of state and federal minimum wage and overtime lawsuits based on medical center’s automatic meal period deduction practice).