Laurel G. Bellows

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Bellows Law Group
 | The Rookery Building, 209 South LaSalle Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-332-3340
Fax: 312-332-1190
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Employee Benefits (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Laurel G. Bellows is the founder and managing principal of The Bellows Law Group in Chicago, Illinois. An internationally recognized business lawyer with more than 46 years of legal experience, Ms. Bellows provides invaluable counsel to senior executives and corporations in across the United States and around the world on matters involving any of the following:

    · Employment law issues

    · Employment and severance agreements

    · Executive compensation

    · Workplace disputes

    · Business litigation and contract issues

    Along with being an effective trial attorney, Ms. Bellows has extensive experience handling arbitrations, and she received her certification as a mediator from the Institute for Conflict Management. As such, she is fully prepared to help her clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. She also has handled numerous appeals, and she has gained a reputation for her stellar client service and aggressive approach at protecting her clients' rights and entitlements at all turns.

    Honored for her outstanding professionalism and impeccable ethical standards, Ms. Bellows has earned an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers. She has also received the Lexis Rule of Law Award, the ATHENA Leadership Award and the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association's Commission on Women as well as the Visionary Award from Vision 2020 for her exceptional contributions to combatting gender inequity and human trafficking.

    A leader in her field, Ms. Bellows has served as president of the American Bar Association as well as the Chicago Bar Association, and she is the current president of the International Women's Forum Chicago. She has also served as president of the National Council of Bar Presidents, and she is an active member of various local, state and national legal organizations. She also serves Minister Gordon Brown’s Global Citizenship Commission to update the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. 

    A 1969 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Bellows obtained her Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1974, where she was a member of the school's law review. She holds her license to practice in Florida and California as well as Illinois, and she is admitted to practice before various U.S. District Courts throughout the country as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 7th and 9th Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards

     
    Practice Areas
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 20%Employee Benefits
    • 20%Business/Corporate
    • 10%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Non-Compete Agreements, Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About Laurel Bellows

    Admitted: 1974, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.bellowslawgroup.com/laurel-g-bellows/

    Honors/Awards:

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

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

    Pro bono/Community Service:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Working Mother Magazine, "25 Most Influential Working Mothers," February, 1997
    • Woman Attorney, Cover Story, Inaugural Issue, April/May, 1999
    • How to Succeed in Business Full-Court Press: Laurel Bellows, Michigan Avenue Magazine, 2010
    • 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
    • Crain's Chicago Business "Chicago's 100 Women of Influence", 1996

    Videos:

    • Resolution and Impact Review Committee, Chair, ABA House of Delegates, 2007
    • Laurel Bellows Addresses ABA House of Delegates, Midyear Meeting, 2010

    Educational Background:

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

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

    Phone: 312-332-3340

    Fax: 312-332-1190

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