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Susan Lorenc


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Susan is a highly experienced employment law attorney who serves as a seamless extension of her clients' HR and in-house legal teams. Said one HR director and longtime client, "Susan consistently provides insights that have helped our company save money and proactively deal with legal matters. We love working with her and the entire team at Thompson Coburn."

Susan is the Co-Vice Chair of Thompson Coburn's Labor and Employment department and leads the practice group in Chicago. She guides clients through every stage of the employee life cycle, from issues surrounding hiring and firing, workplace investigations and policies, and representation in state and federal courts on employment litigation 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. Working closely with a company's human resources department, Susan offers responsive, practical guidance that is shaped by an organization's ultimate goals — not the other way around.

Susan's practice spans from the board room to the courtroom. She has negotiated employment and severance agreements and is frequently called upon to handle employment aspects of a merger or acquisition. She is then able to pivot and successfully defended employers in state and federal court, including numerous appeals before the 7th Circuit, in addition to mediations and arbitrations.

In recent years, Susan has developed special experience in employer obligations for background checks and the Fair Credit Report Act, and unique issues surrounding remote work arrangements — both areas of increased enforcement by the EEOC. She has also spoken extensively and counseled employers on sexual harassment prevention and the impact of legalized medical marijuana laws on workplace policies.

Susan is a lifelong learner who loves to be challenged. She was drawn to the employment field because of her passion to engage with people and effectively handle the complex problems and opportunities that arise for employers in all industries and work settings.

Dismissal of failure to hire discrimination case affirmed by 7th Circuit

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

Obtained a completely favorable jury verdict in sexual harassment suit in Cook County

Granting of summary judgment in wrongful demotion suit affirmed by 7th Circuit

Thompson Coburn Publications

BIPA Update: Illinois Senate’s BIPA Amendment Passes the House

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Harassment for the First Time in Years

DOL’s New Rule Increases Salary Threshold for FLSA Overtime Exemption Eligibility

RED ALERT: FTC issues a new nationwide rule invalidating the use of employee noncompete agreements by most private employers!

Pay transparency may be coming to Illinois job postings sooner than we thought

Illinois Supreme Court holds that a five-year statute of limitations will apply to all BIPA Claims

New year, new laws: A potpourri of new employment laws that went into effect in 2023

The City of Chicago amends sexual harassment laws, including new training, policy, and notice requirements

Illinois Department of Labor issues first guidance on the state’s Equal Pay Act

New law to bar mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment and assault claims

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?


BIPA Update: Illinois Is One Step Closer to Amending How Damages Accrue under BIPA!

BIPA litigation update: Cothron’s impact and employer BIPA defense affirmed

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

BIPA litigation offers no legislative reprieve to employers – yet


New Year, New Laws: A look into the employment law landscape for 2023

Recent Updates in Illinois Law

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


Co-authored, "2024 Employment Leave Laws in Illinois, New York, California, and Minnesota,"
Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin, March 2024

Co-author, "BIPA litigation update: Cothron’s impact and employer BIPA defense affirmed",
Labor and Employment Law Section, Illinois State Bar Association Newsletter, July, 2023


“Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law”;
TCLE, November 2021

"Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines in Postsecondary Education”;
TCLE, August 2021

“Remote Work Issues & Implications”;
TCLE, October 2020

"Title IX Module 5: Title IX Determinations”;
TCLE, July 2020

“Title IX Module 3: Title IX Investigations & Informal Resolutions”;
TCLE, July 2020

"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)