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Laura Friedel Named Among Law Bulletin Publishing’s “40 Under 40” for 2011

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September 27, 2011

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CHICAGO – Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC is pleased to announce that Laura B. Friedel, a partner in its Labor & Employment Practice Group, has been named one of Illinois’ “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” for 2011 by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publishers of Chicago Lawyer magazine and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Ms. Friedel, 37, is featured along with other recognized attorneys in a special supplement to the publication that is currently available.

“Laura is simply an exceptional attorney and business advisor to her clients, with a level of skill and savvy that belies her relatively young age,” said Bryan I. Schwartz, Levenfeld Pearlstein’s chairman. “While many of her clients routinely tell us how valuable she is to their organizations, it is gratifying to see them go out of their way to nominate her for a such a prestigious honor.”

Levenfeld Pearlstein has a strong tradition of recruiting and retaining some of Chicago’s top young legal talent. Firm attorneys recognized in previous iterations of Law Bulletin Publishing’s “40 Under 40” include Real Estate & Finance Practice Group Chair Brian Kozminski (2009), taxation partner David Blum (2007); Labor & Employment Practice Group Chair, Peter Donati (2006); and real estate partner Howard Dakoff (2003).

Celebrating its 11th Anniversary in 2011, Law Bulletin Publishing’s “40 Under 40” is an annual survey conducted to determine who Illinois attorneys believe are the “up and comers” of law in Illinois. To maintain objectivity, attorneys cannot nominate themselves or attorneys from their own law firm, corporation or public entity. The strength of each nomination is evaluated based on a number of criteria, including the reputation of the nominator, the professional relationship between the nominator and the nominee, and the nominator’s first-hand knowledge of the nominee’s experience, skill, and character.
 

In selecting Ms. Friedel for its list, Law Bulletin Publishing notes, “clients value Ms. Friedel because she does not waste time and she approaches each problem with a business-oriented mind.”

“Laura’s technical skills are superior and she has assisted us with the satisfactory resolution of numerous matters,” says Jason Romick, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Hub International, who often calls on Ms. Friedel for advice in running his organization. “What most impresses me about Laura and differentiates her from her peers, however, is her ability to articulate a legal issue succinctly and propose practical, business-oriented solutions. In my experience, many outside counsel, while adept at identifying legal issues, are unable to resolve them in a timely, efficient manner.”

Ms. Friedel provides business-focused, practical advice across a full spectrum of labor and employment issues – including union/management relations, reductions in force, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower issues, discrimination, employment-related agreements, restrictive covenants and temporary-staffing relationships. She works with clients to develop and implement employment policies and practices in order to avoid disputes, and represents companies before state and federal courts and government agencies.

 

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About Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC: Recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the nation's most innovative mid-sized law firms, Chicago-based Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC provides Unusually Good legal and business counsel to sophisticated clients across a broad range of corporate, real estate and litigation matters. The firm possesses the resources and depth to manage the most complex matters, ensuring that the needs of all clients are met in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Levenfeld Pearlstein's world-class attorneys work with clients to understand the full impact of the law on their business and proactively address their legal issues so that they can quickly return to doing what they do best.

Levenfeld Pearlstein also believes that doing right and doing well are inseparable, and, that it is the obligation of the firm and its attorneys to help others do what they do best. Levenfeld Pearlstein's commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability leads the legal industry and reflects its values and culture as a law firm. The firm's goal is to make a difference for its clients, in the community and on behalf of the individuals and organizations that are leading the way.


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