Lori Goldstein, Unique Employment Lawyer

An employment lawyer since 1984, Lori has a unique practice representing both employers and employees on a wide range of workplace issues, including discrimination and sexual harassment, wage-hour issues, worker classification, reductions-in-force, hiring and firing, non-competes, and severance and employment agreements.

She conducts management training and compliance audits, regularly presents and writes on employment topics, and handles claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and other administrative agencies.

Awards include Super Lawyers Illinois 2016-2024, Super Lawyers Illinois 100 Top Attorneys 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023, and 2024, and 50 Top Female Attorneys 2017, 2019-2024. Rated “Superb” (highest rating) by AVVO.

Lori believes in providing personal service to clients efficiently and economically, working to resolve legal workplace issues so that clients can focus on their work.

Pronouns: she/her

Billing structure: hourly only; no contingency


I am humbled and honored to again be selected to Illinois Super Lawyers Top 50 Women and Top 100 Attorneys for 2024. In February, I celebrated the 13th anniversary of my solo practice.

Upcoming Presentations

Ten Tips for Employers – North Start Benefits (8/7/24)

Sexual harassment training for managers and for employees, plus Chicago-required bystander intervention training, and general discrimination/harassment trainings (clients and organizations)

2024 Presentations

Ten Tips for Small Employers – The Professional Networking Group – Professional Networking Group (PNG) (6/19/24)

New Overtime Rules and Proposed Noncompete Ban – Evanston Chamber of Commerce (6/4/24)

Chicago sexual harassment training – Chicago arts community (sponsored by Lawyers for the Creative Arts) (5/3/24)

How the New USDOL Rule Can Affect You – Independent Writers of Chicago (4/16/24) https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/Te–nUrPO7NVeiJzDrwDri8-iabMmj581dYbmTSYKaQLiBc4pVL3M6C2dV-UCHAQ.Wd5PbcI71Ba9vTAf  (Passcode: U+C@U2hR)

New Employment Laws 2024 – Ask an Accountant (3/20/24)

Employment Rights and Issues podcast – Rate My (Physical) Therapy Company Facebook group (3/6/24) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D5ssq2D3js

Women Mentoring Women – Legal Employment Topics for Women (2/28/24)

2023 Presentations

Employment Law Update – HR Network (12/6/23)

Sexual harassment trainings – Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute (CCAI) and Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Chicago arts community (multiple dates)

Sexual harassment training for managers and for employees, plus Chicago-required bystander intervention training, and general discrimination/harassment trainings (clients and organizations)

Federal Proposals to Ban Noncompetes and Increase Exempt Minimum Salary, State of The Hybrid Workplace, and More – Real Wealth Podcast10/27/23 https://realwealthmarketing.b-cdn.net/podcasts/weekly/2023/11-27-2023-real-wealth-weekly-lori-goldstein-no-winners-in-litigation.mp3

Navigating the Freelance Economy in the Arts – Entertainment Community Fund webinar (9/28/23)

Noncompetes and Nonsolicits in a Changing Labor Market, Illinois CPA Society Annual Summit (8/22/23)

Worker Classification and Social Media in the Workplace –Lawyers for the Creative Arts (7/27/23)

Employment Rights and Issues podcast – Rate My (Physical) Therapy Company Facebook group (7/19/23)

Ten Tips for Small Employers – Allies for Community Business (6/15/23)

Creating a Workplace Culture to Attract and Retain Employees (2-part co-presentation with performance advisor Mark James hosted by SCORE.

Session 1 (3/21/23) YouTube video link: SCORE session 1 (3/21/23)

Session 2 (3/28/23) YouTube video link: SCORE session 2 (3/28/23)

Employment Compliance Tips – Childcare Businesses – Women’s Business Development Center Chicago, 3/21/23

New Employment Laws for 2023, HR(630) Presentation, Connor & Gallagher OneSource (CGO), 2/16/23

Recent Blogs, Bulletins

Client Bulletin June 2024 – New Laws July 1, 2024 https://lorigoldsteinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/clientbulletinJune2024.pdf

“How to Navigate the Proposed Federal Noncompete Ban,” Greyzone Mentoring Blog June 2024 https://greyzonementoring.com/blog/how-to-navigate-the-proposed-federal-ban-on-non-competes/

“Wading Through the New Independent Contractor Rule,” Illinois CPA Society Insight Magazine Spring 2024 https://www.icpas.org/information/copy-desk/insight/article/spring-2024/wading-through-the-new-independent-contractor-status-rule

Client Bulletin: Labor Day 2023 – Compliance and Heads Up https://lorigoldsteinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/clientbulletinLaborDay2023.pdf

“Employment Agreement and Non-Compete Basics,” DuPage County Bar Association DCBA Brief March/April 2023

“New Restrictions on Severance Agreements,” Special Client Bulletin 2/24/23


“New Laws for 2023,” Client Bulletin December 2022 https://lorigoldsteinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/clientbulletinDecember-2022.pdf

“State of the Workplace,” Client Bulletin Sept. 2022 Labor Day https://lorigoldsteinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/clientbulletinSeptember2022LaborDay.pdf

“COVID Update September 2021”, Client Bulletin Sept. 2021 clientbulletincovidupdateseptember2021

“Client Alert: COBRA Subsidized Through September 30, 2021” https://lorigoldsteinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/COBRASubsidyclientalert041321.pdf

“Rescue and Recovery: COVID Marks 1 Year,” Client Bulletin March 2021 https://lorigoldsteinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/clientbulletinmarch2021.pdf

“The End of a Long Interesting Year,” Client Bulletin December 2020 https://lorigoldsteinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/clientbulletindecember2020.pdf

Past Presentations

Employment Agreements for Business Attorneys, DuPage  County Bar Assn., 10/14/22

Employment Compliance Tips – Childcare Businesses – Women’s Business Development Center Chicago, 9/22/22

Freedom of Speech and Social Media – ISBA Minority Bar CLE Conference, Chicago, 9/16/22

Worker Classification – 1099 vs. W-2 – Illinois CPA Society Annual Summit, Rosemont, IL 8/23/22

Ten Tips for Small Business Employment Compliance – Collaborative Divorce Illinois, 8/4/22

Leaves of Absence Panel Webinar, West LegalEd Center, 7/27/22

Living with the Pandemic – Return to Work, EPWNG co-presentation, 7/19/22

Employment Law Compliance: 1099 vs. W2 – Oakbrook Business Network, 7/11/22 Employment Law Compliance: 1099 vs. W2 Oakbrook Bus. Network071122

Social Media and the Workplace – The Business Help Shop, 5/26/22

Strategies to Move Your Business Forward – Supporting Strategies Business Fundamentals Bootcamp 5/20/22

What to Know Before You Buy or Sell a Business – Zoom Advisor Panel 4/26/22 What to Know Before You Buy or Sell a Business

Employment Compliance Tips – Childcare Businesses – Women’s Business Development Center Chicago 4/7/22

New Illinois Rules Impact Non-Competes and Non-Solicits – Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) Chicago 3/30/22

New Illinois Rules on Non-Compete/Solicit Restrictions – Career Resource Center 3/23/22

New Illinois Rules –  regarding Non-Compete Agreements – Connor & Gallagher OneSource, 1/27/22 https://www.gocgo.com/illinois-rules-impacting-non-compete-agreements

COVID Update – HR Network 1/26/22

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Client Testimonials

We have been using Lori professionally for several years. Lori’s advice & guidance are second to none – we rely on Lori exclusively for everything employment/HR related. 6/22/20

Ellyn Samsky
Partner & Practice Leader, Tax Planning & Compliance, Mann, Weitz & Associates

“Thank you so very much!!! You are amazing. It was like an intense professional poker game and you played our hand with finesse! You knew exactly when to make what move! Having you as my advocate relieved me of so much of the stress this whole situation caused.”

– 4/20/2020

A happy client

“Lori advised me in my role as President and CEO of a large healthcare marketing communications network based in Chicago with offices in NYC and San Francisco plus 45 other offices in 35 countries. During that time we experienced rapid and significant growth with some brief, but painful periods of decline. Attracting, developing, rewarding and retaining top talent was a company priority and Lori worked closely with me and my executive leadership team to properly scale the organization in compliance with current labor laws. She became a trusted adviser to my team as we looked to advance our organization in a highly competitive marketplace for strategic, creative and operational talent. She protected us when we needed it and stimulated new, innovative thinking when we sought competitive advantage. I never contemplated significant organizational change efforts without seeking Lori’s counsel and expertise. She never once let me down. In fact, I would say that Lori was a significant contributor to our success during her association with our company.”
– 8/27/18

Scott Cotherman
Board Director & Strategic Advisor, Healthcare Marketing, Turnaround & Growth Strategy, Global Expansion, Innovation

“Lori is my trusted “go-to” person for employment law referrals. Whether you have employee or employer issues, Lori is the attorney you need. I can attest to her integrity, honesty and reliability. She has earned her fine reputation in her niche practice of employment law.”
– 9/1/17

Karen Sabin Gitles
Personal Finance and Daily Money Manager, Senior Finance Manager, and Certified Senior Advisor

“Having an instructor with a strong background in employment law helped me to understand the significance of each decision we make as HR professionals, and truly helped me to understand our role as risk minimizers.”
– 1/13/17

HR Training Center, Certificate Program for HR Generalists

“Describing Lori as an extraordinary person barely scratches the surface of her character and her talent as an attorney. Her dedication, kindness, knowledge of the law, professionalism, determination, organization and follow through wildly exceeded my expectations. She is truly an expert in her field who made an extremely difficult situation much easier for me to navigate.”
– 9/8/16

April W.

“Lori handled my separation matter timely and professionally. She was quick, precise, and had my best interest in mind every step of the way.”
– 3/20/16

Individual client

“Lori Goldstein is a trusted legal partner in our company’s employment matters. I have worked with Lori for over 14 years and have found her to be highly competent, thorough, professional and flexible. Lori listens to facts around issues without drawing immediate conclusions, only then providing thoughtful counsel. I consider her part of the company’s team, being cognizant of the ongoing well being of the company and its employees.”
– 8/25/14

Corporate client

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