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   3Lori A. VanderlaanChicago(312) 819-1100Lvanderlaan@Bestfirm.comLvanderlaan@Bestfirm.comBest Vanderlaan & Harringtonwww.bestfirm.comwww.bestfirm.comvanderlaanloria.jpgCommercial LitigationEmployment Law: ManagementPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralEmployment lawInsurance CoverageComplex TortsCommercial LitigationLiquor Liability
Lori A.
Best Vanderlaan & Harrington
25 E Washington St Ste 800
Chicago IL 60602-1749
Ph.(312) 819-1100 Fx.(312) 819-8062
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Commercial Litigation    Employment law
Employment Law: Management    Insurance Coverage
Personal Injury Defense Law: General     Complex Torts
    Commercial Litigation
    Liquor Liability
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Ms. Vanderlaan is a partner with the firm and handles cases for the firm's clients throughout the state of Illinois. She specializes in employment discrimination, complex tort litigation, commercial law, professional malpractice, privacy law, dram shop and insurance coverage litigation. She has tried cases involving a variety of matters including multi-party tort litigation, employment discrimination, personal injury, defamation and commercial transactions. She successfully tried to verdict the first Internet defamation case in the state of Illinois. In addition, she handles appellate work at both the state and federal level, serves as coverage counsel for some of the firm's clients, and also provides consulting and training services in the employment law field.

Notable Cases and Results:  
  • Roseanne Stranski vs. Homer Township Highway Department, Nov. 2009, USDC. Defense of Sexual Harassment Claim: Not Guilty

  • Deborah Moore vs. Myrna Lee, Dec. 2008, DuPage County. Defense of auto vs. bicyclist. Plaintiff requested $1,520,000 (medical specials $93,000), Verdict for Plaintiff: $308,000 less 50% contributory negligence for net verdict of $154,000. (Defense had offered $175,000 before trial).

  • Gabriel Tieken vs. Horizon's Sports Bar & Grill, Lee County. Defense of Dram Shop Claim: Not Guilty

  • Victoria Sheahan vs. O'Leary's Pub & Grub, McHenry County. Defense of Dram Shop Claim: Not Guilty

  • Brenda Riley vs. Patricia Haake et. al., Will County. Defense of Auto Accident (defendant crossed center line), Plaintiff requested $1,521.350.00. Not Guilty.

  • Bar Admissions:  
    Illinois, 1995
    United States Supreme Court, 2000
    United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1999
    United States District Court
    Federal districts of Illinois and Northern District of Indiana, 1997
    United States District Court Trial Bar, 1999

    Hourly Rate:  Variable

    Retainer:  Varies by case

    Year of Birth:  1968

    Law School:  John Marshall Law School,JD
    Law School Honors/Involvement:  magna cum laude; John Marshall Law Review; Labor Law Moot Court team

    Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, BA
    Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  high honors

    Representative Clients:  
    AAA, Assisted Housing Risk Management Association, Auffenberg Dealer Group, Cannon Cochoran Management Services, Inc., EMC Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Company, Grossinger Auto Group, HARTCO, Heritage Cadillac, Homer Township, Illinois Casualty Company, Joliet Steel &Construction, Liberty Mutual, Lloyds of London, O'Brien Automotive Group, Orland Toyota, Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, RLI, Packer Engineering, Ranger Enterprises, Safeco Insurance Company, SUA, Township Officials of Illinois Risk Management Association, Unitrin Property & Casualty Company, Zurich

    Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
    Illinois State Bar Association
    DuPage County Bar Association
    Defense Research Institute
    Council for Litigation Management
    DRI Diversity Committee
    Litigation Counsel of America

    Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
    Chicago Lawyer: Top Lawyers in Illinois

    Legal Lectures:  
    Ms. Vanderlaan speaks at legal seminars and training classes on various subject matters including employment law

    Firm Description:  
    Best, Vanderlaan & Harrington concentrates in various types of litigation including all types of tort litigation, commercial litigation, employment law, toxic torts, municipal law, medical malpractice, liquor liability and professional negligence. Further, for a number of its clients, the firm handles first party property and bad faith claims and also serves as coverage counsel. The firm's partners have tried to verdict numerous multi-party and complex cases, including many fatality and serious injury cases as well as various employment related cases in recent years. Best, Vanderlaan & Harrington also handles all case appeals, in both state and federal court.

    Married to Peter Vanderlaan; two children, Nathan and Hannah

    Additional Office Locations:  
    Chicago, Wheaton, Joliet, and Rockford

    Map to Office:   Click here to view map

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