Suzanne E. Bish

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Stowell & Friedman, Ltd.
 | 303 West Madison Street, Suite 2600
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-431-0888
Fax: 312-431-0228
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Employment & Labor (20%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Suzanne E. Bish, a partner at Stowell & Friedman, Ltd., located in Chicago, Illinois, is a well-known advocate for her clients throughout the area who have suffered from workplace discrimination and other civil rights violations. Her litigation practice, involving both individual and class action plaintiffs, covers discrimination based on sex, race, age, pregnancy and national origin. Ms. Bish has also handled matters arising out of the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal legislation designed to protect the rights of employees. As class counsel in a major federal lawsuit involving Merrill Lynch, Ms. Bish successfully negotiated a $160 million settlement for the class of plaintiffs who had suffered from racial discrimination while working as brokers at that company.

    After receiving a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University, Ms. Bish pursued her legal education at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude. While in law school, she was an editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. After graduation, Ms. Bish served a clerkship with a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois before entering private practice. Admitted to practice in Illinois, she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 9th Circuits.

    A staunch believer in protecting the civil rights of all people, Ms. Bish has volunteered with several organizations working toward fair housing, educational opportunities and civil rights. A former chair of the Labor & Employment Law Committee of The Chicago Bar Association, she is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Federal Bar Association.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 20%Employment & Labor
    • 10%Civil Rights
    • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts
    Focus Areas

    Employment Discrimination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment, Race Discrimination, Discrimination


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    Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021

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    About Suzanne Bish

    Admitted: 1997, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • Litigator of the Week, American Lawyer, 2014
    • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award, Jury Verdict Reporter & Law Bulletin, 2014

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd and 9th Circuits
    • Member, Chicago Bar Association
    • Former Vice-Chair, Chicago Bar Association Labor & Employment Committee
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Member, Federal Bar Association
    • Chair, Labor & Employment Committee, Chicago Bar Association
    • Illinois Supreme Court
    • U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Electronic Discovery Pilot Program

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • BPI, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, PILI Fellow
    • Former Board Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers Committee for Better Housing

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, A Guide to Narrow the Derivatives’ Understanding Gap And Reduce Losses: How To Increase Knowledge, Controls, And Reporting, 58 Ohio St. L. J. 539, Ohio State Law Journal, 2007


    • Martignago v. Merrill Lynch (SDNY), 2013
    • McReynolds et al v. Merrill Lynch (ND Ill), 2014
    • Audrey Gould et al. v. Merrill Lynch (NASD/FINRA Arbitration), 2004
    • Biondo v. City of Chicago (ND Ill), 2009

    Educational Background:

    • Ohio State University, B.A.B.S in Accounting, cum laude, with honors, 1991

    Industry Groups

    • Financial Services
    • Fortune 500
    • Insurance
    • Sales
    • Technology
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    Office Location for Suzanne E. Bish

    303 West Madison Street
    Suite 2600
    Chicago, IL 60606

    Phone: 312-431-0888

    Fax: 312-431-0228

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    Last Updated: 5/14/2021

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