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Uma has more than 15 years of experience handling business and employment disputes, trials and appeals, arbitration and mediation, and internal and external investigations.

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When employment disputes arise, companies need creative, strategic, and cost-effective legal solutions tailored to their unique business needs. Uma works with her clients to understand their short-term legal needs and long-term business goals to develop solutions that help achieve both. She commits to serving her clients' business interests first, and using the law to achieve their goals.

Uma's litigation experience includes defense of employment discrimination claims (Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act), wage-and-hour, wrongful discharge, retaliation, sexual harassment, and whistleblower matters. She has significant trial and appellate experience, and has successfully tried several jury and non-jury cases.

Uma represents employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the Illinois Department of Labor, and other state and municipal fair employment agencies. She also counsels employers on ways to proactively avoid litigation. Uma has extensive experience drafting employer policies and handbooks, training employees and managers on anti-harassment policies, advising on independent contractor matters, reviewing employment contracts and noncompetition agreements, and conducting internal investigations.

Uma provides the highest levels of client service, using the firm's technology and process resources to provide value and efficiency to her clients.

Uma chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Action Team in the Chicago office. She is responsible for overseeing, implementing, and providing strategic leadership to the diversity initiatives in the Chicago office. Uma loves that she has the opportunity to collaborate with firm leaders to implement the firm's diversity and inclusion strategic goals, and to inspire the concepts of diversity and inclusion into firm culture.

  • JD, University of Illinois College of Law

    Legal Research and Writing honors
    Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition best oralist

  • BA, Smith College
    Government and Russian Literature

    Dean's list, 1996-2000

  • Illinois
  • US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Colorado
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • US District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan