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Susan Lorenc


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Susan is an experienced and trusted employment law advisor who counsels employers at every stage of a personnel-related issue. She drafts policies, assists with hiring and firing, conducts workplace investigations, and provides seamless representation in state and federal courts on employment matters.

For companies with five employees to those with 5,000, Susan provides day-to-day counseling on a wide variety of matters including background checks, discrimination, retaliation, enforcement of covenants not to compete, wage and hours issues, and family and medical leave. She serves as a dedicated extension of a company's human resources department, offering responsive, practical guidance that is shaped by an organization's ultimate goals — not the other way around.

Susan has successfully prepared and argued substantive motions in state and federal court, in addition to mediations, arbitrations and appeals, including experience arguing before the 7th Circuit, which affirmed the granting of a summary judgment motion for her clients.

In recent years, Susan has developed special experience in classification issues for exempt or non-exempt employees and employer obligations for background checks and the Fair Credit Report Act, both areas of increased enforcement by the EEOC. She has also spoken extensively and counseled employers on the impact of legalized medical marijuana laws on workplace policies and employee discipline actions.

Obtained a partial verdict in an FMLA inference case in federal court jury trial

Lead counsel in winning dismissal with prejudice of retaliatory defense of discharge case

Obtained summary judgment in wrongful demotion suit and argued in support of the judgment before the 7th Circuit

Awarded summary judgment in shareholders’ breach of contract suit that sought over $800,000


Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines in Postsecondary Education

Remote Work Issues & Implications

Title IX Module 5: Title IX Determinations

Title IX Module 3: Title IX Investigations & Informal Resolutions

Top 5 Employment Policies to Revamp this Year

Workplace Privacy

Thompson Coburn Publications

Be prepared for the new Illinois equal pay reporting and certification requirements

Illinois governor signs law that applies limits to non-competition and non-solicitation agreements

New requirement for corporations doing business in Illinois to publicly report employee demographic data

Illinois legislature makes substantial limiting changes to state law on non-compete and non-solicitation agreements

Coming July 1: What Chicago employers need to know about the new paid sick leave, minimum wage and fair workweek rules

An overview of the Illinois Salary History Ban for employers

What employers need to know about the DOL’s final rule on overtime exemptions

Illinois’s newly enacted ‘Workplace Transparency Act’ responds to the #MeToo movement

New Illinois law prohibits non-competition agreements with low-wage employees

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?


Thompson Coburn releases free Title IX training series for institutions of Higher Education

BIPA litigation offers no legislative reprieve to employers – yet


"Preparing for the Climb: Top 5 Employment Policies to Revamp this Year";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2015

"Playing by the Book: Best Practices for Workplace Investigations";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, March 2014

"Looking Forward: Pre-Employment and Hiring Issues and Post-Employment Records";
Illinois State Medical Society webinar, December 2013

"Entrance & Exit: Pre- and Post-Employment Issues";
Kane County Medical Society, September 2013

"Professional Conduct: Harassment and Sensitivity Issues";
Numerous firm clients, 2012-2013

"Putting the Pieces Together: Keeping Current with Changes in Labor, Employment and Benefits Law";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, February 2011

"Emerging Workplace Issues Related to Social Networking";
Marmon Human Resource Conference, November 2010

"Employment Law Update";
Sterling Education Services seminar, February 2008

"Looking Toward the Future: Technology and the Evolution of Human Resources Law";
Thompson Coburn HR Seminar, January 2008

"Recent Employment Law Issues";
Marmon Human Resources Seminar, November 2007

"Non-Tax Burdens that Hit the Bottom Line";
Insurance Tax Conference, Inc. (Discussed developments and trends involving nontax economic burdens imposed by states on insurers and their policyholders)