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   3Vicki Lafer AbrahamsonChicago(312) 263-2698attorneys@avllegal.comattorneys@avllegal.comAbrahamson Vorachek & Levinsonwww.avllegal.comwww.avllegal.comabrahamsonvicki.jpgCivil Rights/Constitutional LawEmployment Law: EmployeeExecutive Contracts/Severance AgreementsEmployment LitigationMediations & ArbitrationsEmployment Law CounselingWorkplace Investigations
Vicki Lafer
Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson
120 N LaSalle St Ste 1050
Chicago IL 60602-2490
Ph.(312) 263-2698 Fx.(312) 419-6770Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law    Executive Contracts/Severance Agreements
Employment Law: Employee    Employment Litigation
    Mediations & Arbitrations
    Employment Law Counseling
    Workplace Investigations
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson is a premier boutique firm specializing in employment law, recently rated in Chambers USA as the leading plaintiff's employment firm in Illinois. Ms. Abrahamson was personally rated by Chambers as the second top plaintiff's employment attorney in Illinois. She was featured in the March 2002 issue of Chicago Magazine as one of the "30 Toughest Lawyers" in Chicago. She is a founding governor and fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, a national organization of her peers which elected her to its membership because of her extensive knowledge and integrity. Ms. Abrahamson served as president of the college in 2000 and remains a member of the board of governors. For several years, she was the sole plaintiff's member appointed to the prestigious Council of the Section of Labor & Employment Law of the American Bar Association. She chairs the section's International Labor and Employment Law Committee.

Notable Cases and Results:  
Ms. Abrahamson and the firm have successfully mediated, arbitrated, and tried a number of cases in Illinois, including Stone v. National Interchem (1993) (claim for commissions under an employment agreement); Archibald v. Illinois Department of Corrections (1997) (race discrimination); and Eichler v. Riddell Inc. (1997) (jury verdict for plaintiff on age discrimination claim; award of compensatory damages, over $400,000 in front pay and attorneys fees).

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois 1980
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Fourth Circuits.

Hourly Rate:  $401-$550/hour

Retainer:  Varies upon case

Year of Birth:  1953

Law School:  University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1979
Law School Honors/Involvement:  President, Women's Law Student Association; Officer, Law School Student Governance

Undergraduate School:  University of Michigan

Representative Clients:  
Clients of the firm are comprised primarily of individuals who have disputes involving their employment contracts, and employees who have been "downsized," terminated, denied promotions, or who are in the process of negotiating a job with a new employer.

Employment History:  
Fox and Grove Chartered, 1979-85, representing primarily management

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association
  Section of Labor & Employment Law
  Plaintiff chair, International Labor Law Committee
  Past council member
  Past chair, Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee
American Bar Foundation
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  Member, Board of Governors
  Founding governor and past president (2000)
National Employment Lawyers Association
Chicago Bar Association

Published Legal Writing:  
Chapter on employment torts, IICLE's Handbook on Employment Terminations, 1988

"Golden Handshake: 'Good Deal or Goodbye?'" Intech Magazine, 1988

"Age Discrimination - A Primer on Proving Damages," Trial Magazine, June 1989

Chapter on retaliatory discharge, Litigation Manual Update, Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, 1989

Supplement on employment torts, IICLE's Handbook on Employment Terminations, 1989

Sexual Harassment Handbook (Schlei), Chapter XXIX - Asserted Defenses, 1990

"Is After-Acquired Evidence a Valid Defense to Title VII Actions?" ABA Journal, October 1994

"Why Law Firms Are Vulnerable to Employment Discrimination Lawsuits and to Large Verdicts," Law Office Employment Bulletin, November 1994

Legal Lectures:  
Law Journal Seminars-Press, Fifth Annual Employment Law & Litigation Conference, TRIAL PREPARATION, PRESENTATION OF DAMAGES, AND EXPERT WITNESSES, November 14-15, 1996.

Practising Law Institute, 26th Annual Institute on Employment Law, KEY EMPLOYMENT LAW ISSUES: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE PLAINTIFF'S BAR, October 29-30, 1997.

Speaker and contributor, Law Education Institute, HOW TO CHALLENGE THOSE DOWNSIZING DECISIONS: THE PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE, January 2000.

Speaker and contributor (with Mary L. Mikva and Matthew L. Morris), Law Education Institute, LITIGATING DAMAGES, MINIMIZING DAMAGES AND OTHER ISSUES RELATED TO DAMAGES, January 7, 2001.

Speaker and contributor (with Matthew L. Morris), Practising Law Institute 30th Annual Institute on Employment Law, THE YEAR IN REVIEW: TOP CASES FROM THE PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE, October 29-30, 2001.

Speaker and contributor, Law Education Institute, SPECIAL LITIGATION ISSUES IN DISCRIMINATION CASES, January 4, 2002.


Firm Description:  
The law firm of Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson concentrates in employment cases, representing mostly plaintiffs. The firm includes five attorneys and a full-time paralegal. The firm's cases include claims for sex, age, race and disability discrimination, ERISA, wage and hour matters, suits for commissions, and claims for money due under employment agreements. The firm practices in federal and state courts as well as at the EEOC and state and local agencies.

Parking:  In building.
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