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Modern Slavery: How Corporate Policies and Corporate Action Can Combat Human Trafficking in the United States and Outside Our Borders

Speaker(s): Abby Bochenek, Laurel G. Bellows
Recorded on: Jul. 14, 2015
PLI Program #: 150928

Laurel Bellows, founding Principal of The Bellows Law Group, is an experienced business lawyer who counsels senior executives around the world on employment matters such as employment contracts, executive compensation, severance agreements and workplace disputes. She also represents clients in areas ranging from commercial litigation to business startups. Ms. Bellows is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois, Florida and California, as well as in Federal courts throughout the country. She is also admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ms. Bellows is a mediator, certified through the Institute for Conflict Management.

A respected voice on matters concerning negotiation, business litigation and the advancement of professional women, Ms. Bellows has written and lectured extensively. She has spoken on the subject of negotiation tactics before groups such as the Deloitte and Touche Leadership Conference, the Harvard Club of Chicago and the Women’s Leadership Exchange. She authored a chapter on negotiating in The Communication Coach, a book on business and personal communications and has written or been interviewed for articles on litigation and negotiation in publications such as Your Money, Nation’s Business, Chicago Life, Investment Dealer’s Digest, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Working Woman and The Chicago Tribune.

Ms. Bellows is a leader in the legal community on the local and national levels. Laurel Bellows is Past President of the American Bar Association. She is past Chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the ABA’s policy-making body; the second-highest elected office in the ABA. She is past President of the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association and the National Council of Bar Presidents. American Lawyer Magazine selected Ms. Bellows as one of seven women nationally who contributed most to the advancement of women in the legal profession, Chicago Magazine designated her as a Power Lawyer and Crain’s Chicago Business named her in the Who’s Who in Chicago Business List and as one of Chicago’s 100 Women of Influence. In addition, Ms. Bellows has served on the Standing Civil Reform Act Advisory Committee of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court Special Commission on the Administration of Justice and the U. S. Senate Judicial Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois.

Highly regarded for her contributions to the profession, Ms. Bellows has received many honors and awards. The American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession awarded her the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of law and for paving the way to success for other women lawyers. The American Jewish Committee awarded Ms. Bellows the Judge Learned Hand Award for her commitment to the rights of individuals and the importance of democratic values in an orderly society. Ms. Bellows has been selected an Illinois Superlawyer. Ms. Bellows was one of 12 women from throughout the world to receive the Women Who Make a Difference Award, from the International Women’s Forum, a nonpartisan organization of women from throughout the world who hold leadership positions in business, the professions, academics, politics and the arts. The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois awarded Ms. Bellows its Women with Vision Award. Recently, ATHENA International honored Ms. Bellows with the prestigious 2012 ATHENA Leadership Award presented to exemplary leaders for achieving the highest level of professional excellence and for actively assisting and inspiring women to realize their full personal and professional potential.

Year Joined Organization:


Areas of Practice:

Business Litigation
Employment Law
Executive Compensation
Separation Agreements

Litigation Percentage:

70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

California, 1981
Florida, 1975
Illinois, 1974
U.S. Supreme Court, 2008


Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1974

Honors and Awards:

AV Peer Review Rating – Martindale Hubbell
Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005 – 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association
Past Chair of the House of Delegates

Chicago Bar Association
Past President

National Council of Bar
Presidents Past President

The Peacemaker – February 2011

Ms. Bellows has been an AV rated, preeminent lawyer for 25 years. An AV Peer Review Rating demonstrates the pinnacle of excellence, a testament to the highest possible level of professional legal expertise.

Abby Bochenek practices in the areas of employment law and employment litigation. Ms. Bochenek was admitted to the State Bar of Illinois in 2013 and received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a concentration in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. At Chicago-Kent, Ms. Bochenek participated in the Society of Women in Law and was elected President and Events Chair. Ms. Bochenek was also one of twelve graduating students inducted into Chicago-Kent’s Bar and Gavel Society, a society reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to the law school, the community, and the legal profession. Ms. Bochenek is published in Chicago-Kent’s Seventh Circuit Review and acted as a peer editor her third year. She is additionally certified as a mediator by the Center for Conflict Resolution. Prior to joining the Bellows Law Group, P.C., Ms. Bochenek served as a judicial extern at the Circuit Court of Cook County; additionally, she clerked for the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent’s Employment and Civil Rights Clinic and for a boutique employment law firm.

In 2007, Ms. Bochenek graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She majored in Human and Organizational Development and minored in Corporate Strategy. Ms. Bochenek is an active member of the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association’s Chicago chapter. Prior to law school, Ms. Bochenek worked as a Media Associate at Starcom Worldwide.

Areas of Practice:

Employment Law
Employment Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Illinois, 2013


Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois J.D. with a certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution May 2013

Honors: Society of Women in Law President, 2012-2013; Events Chair, 2011-2012 Bar and Gavel Society Inductee, May 2013

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee Bachelor of Science
Major: Human and Organization Development
Minor: Corporate Strategy
May, 2007 Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois


SEVENTH CIRCUIT REVIEW: Abby Bochenek, The Cat’s Revenge: Individual Liability Under the Cat’s Paw Doctrine, 8 SEVENTH CIRCUIT REV. (2012), at - See more at: