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Ashley K. Laken

Associate

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5570
Fax: (312) 460-7570
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Ashley Laken is an associate in the Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment department.  Ms. Laken’s practice focuses on labor relations law as well as defending employers against age, race, national origin, sex, and disability discrimination claims.  Ms. Laken represents clients in many industries, including hospitality, publishing, broadcast, media, manufacturing, retail, and transportation.

Ms. Laken has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers in arbitrations arising under such agreements.  She also represents clients in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, she litigates on behalf of employers in state and federal courts, and she represents employers before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. 

Ms. Laken also provides clients with legal and practical advice on a wide spectrum of labor relations issues, including corporate campaigns and traditional organizing campaigns.  Ms. Laken’s counseling experience also includes advising employers on handling employee complaints and grievances, conducting internal investigations, managing employee performance, fostering positive employee relations, and drafting and implementing policy changes.

Ms. Laken’s experience also includes defending companies involved in complex employment discrimination litigation under Title VII, Section 1981, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  She also has experience defending employers against class and collective action claims arising under state wage-and-hour laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Ashley Laken is an associate in the Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment department.  Ms. Laken’s practice focuses on labor relations law as well as defending employers against age, race, national origin, sex, and disability discrimination claims.  Ms. Laken represents clients in many industries, including hospitality, publishing, broadcast, media, manufacturing, retail, and transportation.

Ms. Laken has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and representing employers in arbitrations arising under such agreements.  She also represents clients in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, she litigates on behalf of employers in state and federal courts, and she represents employers before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. 

Ms. Laken also provides clients with legal and practical advice on a wide spectrum of labor relations issues, including corporate campaigns and traditional organizing campaigns.  Ms. Laken’s counseling experience also includes advising employers on handling employee complaints and grievances, conducting internal investigations, managing employee performance, fostering positive employee relations, and drafting and implementing policy changes.

Ms. Laken’s experience also includes defending companies involved in complex employment discrimination litigation under Title VII, Section 1981, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  She also has experience defending employers against class and collective action claims arising under state wage-and-hour laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude (May 2009)
    Order of the coif
    American Criminal Law Review

  • B.S.B.A.., Georgetown University, magna cum laude (May 2006)
    Alpha Mu Alpha Honor Society
    Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
     

Representative Engagements

  • Representation of a major consulting firm in a putative age discrimination collective action brought by employees let go during a reduction-in-force.
  • Representation of a global manufacturing company in a putative race harassment class action.
  • Representation of a university in a three plaintiff lawsuit alleging race and national origin discrimination and retaliation.
  • Representation of manufacturing companies against EEOC charges filed by former employees en masse.
  • Representation of a hotel in an election objections hearing before the NLRB.
  • Negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement covering over 600 employees for a transportation company.

Presentations

  • "The Future of Labor Relations: The Rise of the Millennial Workforce, Technology, and the Gig Economy," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 14, 2017)
  • "Antitrust for Employment Lawyers and HR Professionals: What You Need to Know," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 7, 2016)

Publications

Community Involvement

  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Young Professionals Board (January 2014–Present)
  • Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS), Volunteer (October 2016–Present)