PDF Binder

The PDF Binder tool allows users to download select information about our firm, professionals and capabilities. The information may be exported to a PDF, which can be printed, or sent via an email that includes a set of links.

To add a page to your customized binder, select "Add to Binder" at the top of any page. You may select as many pages as you would like to export or email. Once you have compiled your binder, please click on the binder icon, which will show you how many items you have selected. You may then choose to export the information or email the set of links.

Search entire site for:
Laura McNally

Laura K. McNally

Co-Chair, Retail and Consumer Brands
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. As Co-Chair of the firm’s Retail and Consumer Brands industry group, Ms. McNally has significant focus on legal issues facing this important sector of the economy. She has represented leading retailers and consumer product manufacturers on issues relating to consumer protection, defamation, and antitrust issues, and she has been quoted in the National Law Journal and Bloomberg News.  In addition, she has filed amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Litigation Center, and the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board relating to issues affecting the retail and consumer products industry.

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 is a frequent speaker on mediation advocacy, including at the Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference, and she has settled cases ranging from small commercial disputes to mass torts involving hundreds of parties to class actions filed against major international retailers.

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.  Ms. McNally serves as the Chicago chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.