Lisa Handler Ackerman
60290, Illinois [IL], Chicago
60290, Illinois, IL, Chicago
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lisa Handler Ackerman is a dynamic litigator who focuses on employment defense as well as insurance coverage matters. Lisa’s innate ability to communicate and connect with others has earned her the respect of clients and colleagues as well as judges and adversaries.
A significant portion of Lisa’s practice involves counseling employers on personnel issues and defending them in employment-related claims, including nationwide class actions and multi-party lawsuits. A number of her recent cases have centered on hot button employment issues such as wage and hour laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it relates to employees and equal access, and whistleblower claims. She has litigated employment cases in state and federal courts and taken appeals up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the coverage area, Lisa has substantial experience representing insurance carriers in matters arising from a myriad of policy types, providing opinions on defenses and handling litigation nationwide. She also has defended clients in general litigation matters, including negligence, premises liability, wrongful death and breach of contract cases.
Lisa has served for the past six years as the firm’s liaison to Partnership for the Future, which places at-risk high school students in professional internships and provides them with college preparatory courses, personal development workshops and one-on-one counseling.
Areas of Focus
Employment & Labor
On behalf of employers, Lisa has extensive experience defending cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the FMLA, the ADA and its 2008 amendment, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act, and state law fair employment statutes. She also handles tort, contract and whistleblower claims. In addition, Lisa has successfully defended employers in charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor, and various state agencies throughout the country.
Lisa regularly advises employers on personnel issues such as hiring and firing, layoffs, disciplinary actions, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, harassment investigations, and covenants not to compete. She also works with clients to draft and implement employment policies designed to minimize the risk of employment litigation.
As coverage counsel, Lisa monitors and evaluates the underlying litigation, advises clients on settlement strategies, and attends mediations on behalf of insurance companies. She has analyzed complex coverage issues arising under employment practices, commercial general liability, and products liability policies, as well as errors and omissions policies covering a broad range of professionals. Her experience includes umbrella and excess policies.