Suzanne E. Bish

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Stowell & Friedman, Ltd.
Suzanne E. Bish
Stowell & Friedman, Ltd.

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Employment & Labor, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1997

Education: The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

Stowell & Friedman, Ltd.

303 West Madison Street
Suite 2600
Chicago, IL 60606 Visit website


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

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor, Civil Rights, Class Action/Mass Torts

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 1997, Illinois

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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
Educational Background:
  • Ohio State University, B.A.B.S in Accounting, cum laude, with honors, 1991
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
  • Litigator of the Week, American Lawyer, 2014
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award, Jury Verdict Reporter & Law Bulletin, 2014
Industry Groups:
  • Financial Services
  • Fortune 500
  • Insurance
  • Sales
  • Technology

Office location for Suzanne E. Bish

303 West Madison Street
Suite 2600
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312-431-0888


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

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