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Laura McNally

Laura K. McNally

Partner
Chicago
T: 312.464.3155 | F: 312.896.5707

BIOGRAPHY

Laura McNally has particular skill in distilling complicated cases into simple themes that lead to seemingly obvious conclusions. Whether the audience is the court, a jury, an arbitration panel, an appellate court or a mediator, Ms. McNally’s analytical approach and genuine presentation style are key factors in her clients’ success.

Ms. McNally has successfully tried complex commercial cases in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration. Her cases have included issues of contract, fraud, employee mobility, trade secrets, insurance coverage, product liability, fiduciary obligations, and legal malpractice. She has also represented companies facing consumer class actions. Ms. McNally has argued appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and she has been retained by national business associations to file amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court relating to issues affecting the retail and consumer products industry.

Ms. McNally has been hired by corporations and an NGO to conduct internal investigations of alleged criminal and regulatory wrongdoing, both in the United States and internationally. She has also represented witnesses in grand jury investigations and federal criminal trials.

At times, the most important advocacy a lawyer can perform is in the context of settlement discussions. This work requires an additional set of skills beyond those called on in the courtroom. Ms. McNally has strengths in quickly identifying opponents’ motivations and concerns and then presenting settlement options in the manner best framed to reach resolution in her clients’ favor. She has settled cases ranging from small commercial disputes to mass torts involving hundreds of parties.

In addition, Ms. McNally has represented many clients on a pro bono basis in civil rights matters, including the first case to establish AIDS-related disability discrimination before the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights.