Laurel G. Bellows

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Bellows Law Group, P.C.
 | The Rookery Building, 209 South LaSalle Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-332-3340
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor (60%),
  • Employee Benefits (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Laurel Bellows, founding principal of The Bellows Law Group, P.C. is an internationally recognized business lawyer counseling senior executives and corporations in the United States and globally on employment matters, employment and severance agreements, executive compensation, and workplace disputes.   Her expertise in executive compensation matters also includes mid-level management compensation, and human resource/talent management matters involving incentives, retirement, and workforce restructuring.  The firm litigates zealously and efficiently on behalf of employers.

Ms. Bellows and her firm counsels employers relating to general employment matters, prevention of discrimination claims, litigation risk management (including wage and hour regulations, unemployment, whistleblower and wrongful termination claims).  The Bellows Law Group assists in the interpretation of new laws in connection with employee benefits, COBRA, disability, religion, dress code, use of marijuana, gun possession and the FMLA Act, to name a few.

Ms. Bellows and her firm consult on workplace cybersecurity policies, including “BYOD” policies (Bring Your Own Device).  The firm offers transactional, counseling and litigation services to entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, and large corporations.  Client matters range from commercial litigation to business startups.  The Bellows Law Group conducts internal corporate investigations, assists public and private corporations, including federal contractors, to comply with regulations and develop corporate polices directed at combatting human trafficking worldwide.

Ms. Bellows is past president of the nearly 400,000 member American Bar Association and was the second woman president of the Chicago Bar Association. Laurel is president of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Chicago Chapter.  Laurel’s previous positions include past president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, past chair of The Chicago Network, past chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, and past chair of the Finance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors.  Some of her many accolades are acknowledgment by Crain’s Chicago Business on their annual list of Power Players; one of 28 Power Lawyers in the city by Chicago Magazine; and one of Chicago’s 100 Women of Influence by Crain’s Chicago Business. Laurel received the Visionary Award from Vision 2020 for her efforts to combat gender inequity and human trafficking. 

Ms. Bellows, along with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa-Mary Robinson, received the Lexis Rule of Law Award.   Laurel serves on Minister Gordon Brown’s Global Citizenship Commission to update the 1946 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.  The Commission will report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2016. The German Bar Association honored Laurel with the Maria-Otto Preis Award for her outstanding background as a female lawyer, establishing the ABA Gender Equity Task Force and anti-trafficking efforts. ATHENA International honored Laurel with the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award presented to exemplary leaders for achieving the highest level of professional excellence and for actively assisting and inspiring women to realize their full personal and professional potential.  Laurel received the ABA Commission on Women Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 2002.

Ms. Bellows is highly regarded for her many contributions to the Chicago and national community.  Laurel is admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States and is a mediator, certified through the Institute for Conflict Management.  Laurel is licensed to practice in Illinois, Florida and California.

 

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (60%): Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Employee Benefits (10%)

Employment Litigation (10%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Business/Corporate (10%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Business Litigation (10%): Non-Compete Agreements

Focus Areas

Employment & Labor: Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Employment Litigation: Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Business/Corporate: Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Business Litigation: Non-Compete Agreements

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017

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About Laurel Bellows

Admitted 1974, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.bellowslaw.com/laurel-g-bellows/

Honors and Awards:

  • Women of Vision Award, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, 2005
  • Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement, ABA Commission on Women, 2002
  • International Women's Forum Award, "Women Who Make a Difference", 1998
  • Crain's Chicago Business "Chicago's 100 Women of Influence", 1996
  • Founder's Award, The Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, 1995
  • "Power Lawyers", Chicago Magazine, 1994
  • Chicago Legal Clinic Award for Making Legal System More Available to the Poor, 1990
  • Working Mother Magazine, "25 Most Influential Working Mothers", February, 1997
  • The Chicago Tribune, Woman News - High Profile, "Leading the Charge," March 31, 1999
  • AV Peer Review Rating- Martindale Hubbell, 1984-2010
  • Who's Who of American Women
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who in the Midwest
  • Who's Who in America
  • Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers
  • American Lawyer, 20th Anniversary Issue, Women in the Law - The Story of the Century, "Opening Doors, a Tribute to Seven Women Lawyers Who Have Helped Others Break Through"  March, 1999
  • Crain's Chicago Business, "Who's Who-Power Players," 1994 - 2009
  • Women Who Make A Difference Award

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Institute for Conflict Management, Certified Mediator, September, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, Meetings Host Committee, Chair, 2009
  • American Bar Association, Meetings Host Committee, 2009
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
  • American Bar Association, International Rule of Law Symposia Task Force, 2006
  • American Bar Association, Select Committee, Chair, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 2004
  • American Bar Association, Finance Committee, Chair, 2003
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Access to Lawyers, 2002
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, President, 2000
  • American Bar Association, Gender, Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Court Task Force, Member, 1999
  • Loyola University School of Law, Business Law Advisory Committee, 1999
  • American Bar Association, Strategic Communications Standing Committee, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1995
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Founder, Alliance for Women, 1992
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Justice for Youth Campaign, Founder, 1991
  • California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit, 1977
  • Florida, 1975
  • Federal Trial Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of IL, 1974
  • Illinois, 1974
  • American Bar Association, Latin American Law Initiative Advisory Council, 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Federal Judiciary Standing Committee - 7th Circuit
  • American Bar Association, Commission on State Justice Initiatives, 1994 - 1997
  • American Bar Association, Task Force on Law School Accreditation, 2008 - 2009
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Task Force on Implementation of Fair Measure, Co-Chair, 2000 - 2001
  • American Bar Association, World Justice Project, 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Individual and Small Firms Committee, Co-Chair, 1998 - 2000
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Resource Committee, Co- Chair, 2008 - 2010
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Council, 2008 - 2011
  • American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, Member
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession, 1992-1997 Chair, 1994-1997
  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, Coordination Committee, Co-Chair, 2008 - 2009
  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, Long Range Planning Committee, 2008 - 2009
  • American Bar Association, Segment Value Membership Initiative Task Force, World Justice Project, Steering Committee, 2008-2009
  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, Council Member, 2006 - 2008
  • American Bar Association, Segment Value Membership Initiative Task Force, Day Planning Committee, 2003 - 2005
  • American Bar Association, Segment Value Membership Initiative Task Force, Co-Chair, 2010 - 2011
  • American Bar Association Day, Chair, 2008-2010
  • Illinois State Justice Commission, Advisor, 1994 - 1997
  • United States Senate Judicial Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois, 1993 - 1996
  • Illinois Supreme Court Special Commission on the Administration of Justice, 1991 - 1993; Chair, Juvenile Justice Task Force
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Standing Civil Reform Act Advisory Committee, 1997 - 2000
  • Loyola University School of Law, Alumni Board of Trustees, 1998 - Present
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Board of Overseers, 1993 - Present
  • Business Forums International, Executive Committee, 2008 - Present
  • The American Law Institute, Member, 2010 - Present
  • National Bar Association, Member, 2007 - Present
  • Women's Bar Foundation, Honorary Council, 2006 - Present
  • Women's Bar Foundation, Board Member, 1995 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • The Illinois State Bar Association, Special Committee on Future of the Courts, Subcommittee on Diversity and Changing Demographics of the Illinois Courts, Co-Chair, 2001 - 2003
  • The Illinois State Bar Association, Special Committee on Future of the Courts Implementation, 2003 - 2004
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Board of Managers, 1983 - 1993
  • The Chicago Bar Association, President, 1991 - 1992
  • National Caucus of Metropolitan Bar Leaders, President, 1993 - 1994
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, President, Executive Council, 1994 - 2000
  • American Bar Foundation, Board of Governors, Liaison, 2006 - 2008
  • American Bar Foundation, Research Committee, 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation, Communication, Public and Institutional Relations Committee, 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation, Bar Member, 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Enterprise Fund Committee, 2006 - 2007
  • American Bar Association, Audit Committee, 2003 - 2004
  • American Bar Association, Consortium on Legal Services and the Public, 2001- 2004
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Membership, 2001 - 2004
  • American Bar Association, GP Solo and Small Firms Section Council, 2001 - 2004
  • American Bar Association, Board Liaisons
  • American Bar Association, Pension Review Committee, 2003, Chair, 2004
  • American Bar Association, Strategic Planning Committee 2009 - 2011
  • American Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2001-2004, 2006-2008
  • American Bar Association, Women's Caucus
  • American Bar Association, Minority Caucus
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, Member, 1996 - Present
  • American Bar Association - Past Chair, House of Delegates, 2006-2008
  • National Council of Bar Presidents - Past President
  • Chicago Bar Association - Past President

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Transition Committee, 2003
  • General Counsel, Dawn Clark Netsch Campaign for Governor, 1994
  • Richard J. Phelan, President of Cook County Board, Transition Committee, 1991
  • The Latin School, Board of Trustees Long Range Planning Committee, 1993 - 1997
  • The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Chicago Committee, 1992 - Present
  • Lisa Madigan for Attorney General, Co-Chair, 2002
  • Chicago Board of Roosevelt University, 1997 - 2003
  • Women's Business Development Center, Board of Directors, 1993 - Present
  • The Chicago Network, Chair, 1995 - 1996; Invitational Organization of Women of Significant Achievement
  • International Women's Forum, Vice President, 1997 - 1999
  • Economics Club of Chicago, Member, Membership Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Executives' Club of Chicago, Member
  • Commercial Club of Chicago, Member
  • The Chicago Network, Active Member and Past Chair
  • Women's Business Development Center, Board of Directors

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Panelist, American Bar Association Litigation Section, "The Other Adversary Process:  Conducting Effective Arbitration", 1991
  • Speaker, Negotiation Tactics, the Women's Leadership Exchange
  • Speaker, Negotiation Tactics, the Harvard Club of Chicago
  • Speaker, Negotiation Tactics, Deloitte and Touche Leadership Conference
  • Speaker, RHR International and DHR International, "The Art of Negotiation with Female Panache", May 2009
  • Featured Interview, Today's Chicago Women, "Laurel Bellows, Champion for Women Justice", November 1992
  • The Chicago Tribune, Her Say, "Looking Through Law's Glass Ceiling", June 1991
  • Author, GP Solo "Small Firm in a Big Pond: Big City Practice", (January/February 2009)
  • Speaker, Working Women's Conference, "Getting Paid What You Worth", May 2001
  • Moderator, Women in Law Leadership Academy "Negotiation Skills for Lawyers", April 2010
  • Speaker, Harris Trust & Savings Bank, For Women Only: A Negotiating Workshop, May 28, 1992
  • Co-Author, "Trial Techniques in Business and Commercial Cases", IICLE Handling Commercial Litigation Annual Editions, 1988 - 2004
  • Speaker, 1996 National Conference for Women Litigators, "A Prospective Look at Women in the Legal Profession", October 21, 1996 Morning Session
  • Speaker, The National Forum for Women Corporate Counsel, "Employment Law Tactics for Today's Dynamic Work Place", October 1998
  • Speaker, The University of Chicago Women's Business Group, "Strategies for Getting What You Deserve", May 1, 2005
  • Speaker, Conference on Women and the Practice of Law, DuPont Corporation, "Women in the Legal Profession: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We're Going" March 7, 2003
  • Co-Author, Today's Chicago Women 25th Anniversary Magazine "What Progress Have Women Made in the Past 25 Years?" (October 2007)
  • Author, The Communication Coach, Business Communication Tips from the Pros; featured chapter "Negotiation IS Communication"
  • Featured Interview, Investment Dealers' Digest, January 22, 1985
  • "Man v. Woman, All You Need to Know About Sexual Harassment", Registered Representative, June 1992
  • "Of Apples and Barrels"; (Judicial Corruption), The Chicago Bar Record
  • "Is There No Room at the Top?"  (Glass Ceiling), The Chicago Bar Record, April 1992
  • "The Road Forward ... Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party", The Chicago Bar Record, June 1992
  • "Tomorrow Is Too Late" (Juvenile Welfare Crisis), The Chicago Bar Record
  • Chicago Life, "Broker Fraud, Protecting Yourself Is Your Business" by Laurel Bellows, Jan./Feb./1993
  • Interview, Nation's Business, Women in Business, January 1993
  • Interview, Today's Chicago Women, When Will We Tip the Balance of Power at Work? May, 1993
  • The Communication Coach, Business Communication Tips from the Pros; featured chapter "Negotiation IS Communication"
  • Co-Author, Today's Chicago Women 25th Anniversary Magazine "What Progress Have Women Made in the Past 25 Years?" October 2007
  • Interview, The Chicago SunTimes, The Savage Truth "Avoid the Firing Squad," December 8, 2008
  • Interview, The Wall Street Journal "Layoff Rumors? Get Ready to Get Busy", August 5, 2008
  • Perspectives "Is the Past The Prologue?", Summer 2008
  • GP Solo "Small Firm in a Big Pond: Big City Practice," January/February 2009
  • Speaker, Industry Seminar, "Dealing with the Speculative Customer", June, 1984
  • Welcome Address, National Association of Legal Secretaries, July 29, 1991
  • Speaker, International Association of Personnel Women's Conference, "Breaking The Glass Ceiling:  Making It Happen for You", April 24, 1992
  • Speaker, Loyola University School of Law, "Looking to Our Future", October 29, 1992
  • Speaker, National Association of Women Business Owners, January 27, 1993
  • Speaker, Chicago Finance Exchange, May 19, 1993
  • Speaker, State Bar of Montana, "Resolving the Unresolved:  Issues Concerning Women in the Profession", June 25, 1993
  • Speaker, National Association of Professional Sales Women, September 23, 1993
  • Speaker, Chicago Women in Government Relations, May 13, 1994
  • Speaker, NASD Industry Seminar, "Straight Talk about Arbitration", 1994
  • Journal of American Health Information Management Association, "Sharpening Your Negotiation Skills", September 1995
  • Speaker, Women in Management, "Women in the Justice System", September 13, 1995
  • Speaker, New York Stock Exchange, "Employment Law", December 6, 1995
  • National Association for Women Journalists, "Salaries in the Newsroom: Can You Negotiate a Better Deal", February 1996
  • Keynote Speaker, Pennsylvania State Bar Association, Annual Meeting, May 1, 1996
  • Speaker, Midwest Women in Law Regional Conference, October 10, 1996
  • Speaker, 1996 National Conference for Women Litigators, "Successful Negotiation Strategies" October 21, 1996 Afternoon Session
  • Speaker, Indianapolis Bar Association, "Status of Women in the Legal Profession", May 28, 1997
  • Speaker, Philadelphia Bar Association, "Fair Measure: Toward Effective Attorney Evaluations", April 1, 1997
  • Speaker, Kansas State Bar Association, "Fair Measure: Toward Effective Attorney Evaluations", Summer 1997
  • Speaker, The Chicago Bar Association, "Trial Techniques in Commercial Cases", January 15, 1998
  • Speaker, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, "Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We Are Going", March 6, 1998
  • Business and Professional Women, "Negotiation Tactics", September, 1998
  • Speaker, Conference on Women and the Practice of Law, DuPont Corporation, September 24, 1998
  • Panelist, Pennsylvania State Bar, "Women Lawyers as Leaders", May 1999
  • Moderator, The Chicago Network, "Women & Fundraising", June 1999
  • Panelist, Harris Bank, "Executive Compensation", June 1999
  • Keynote Speaker, Minnesota Women Lawyers 6th Annual Rosalie Wahl Lecture, October 2000
  • Speaker, Working Women’s Conference, "Getting Paid What You Worth" May 2001
  • Moderator, Building a Legal Dream Team: Attracting and Retaining Legal Talent, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, February 2002
  • Panelist and Speaker, Ohio State Bar Association, "Diversity in the 21st Century Workplace" May 2002
  • Speaker, North Shore League of Women Voters, "Women and the Law", March 1, 2003
  • Deloitte & Touche Leadership Conference, February 2004
  • Women's Leadership Exchange, May 2004
  • Keynote Speaker, Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Judge Judy West Lecture Series, September, 2009
  • Speaker, Arnstein and Lehr, "Terminating High-Level Executives in Tough Economic Times", September 2009
  • Keynote Speaker, Allegheny County Bar Association, Institute For Gender Equality, October, 2009
  • Speaker, Navigant Consulting Group, "This Time it’s about You", January 2010
  • Best practices for achieving diversity in corporations and law firms
  • Developed leadership presentations regarding retention of women in corporations and law firms
  • Issues of Concern to Women
  • Negotiation Seminars
  • Author, Perspectives "Is the Past The Prologue?" (Summer 2008)
  • Co-Author, Today's Chicago Woman, "Getting Paid What You're Worth" (February 2010)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • How to Succeed in Business Full-Court Press: Laurel Bellows, Michigan Avenue Magazine, 2010
  • Crain's Chicago Business "Chicago's 100 Women of Influence", 1996
  • Working Mother Magazine, "25 Most Influential Working Mothers," February, 1997
  • Woman Attorney, Cover Story, Inaugural Issue, April/May, 1999
  • American Lawyer, 20th Anniversary Issue, Women in the Law - The Story of the , "Opening Doors, a Tribute to Seven Women Lawyers Who Have Helped Others Break Through." March, 1999 Century

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Educational Background:

  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.A., 1969
Office Location for Laurel G. Bellows

The Rookery Building
209 South LaSalle Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312-332-3340

 

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Last Updated: 2/17/2017

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