Lori Lynn Deem

Lori Lynn Deem

Chicago, Illinois
312-809-7010 (Chicago Office)
646-509-2075 (Paul Mollica)
646-509-2094 (Lori Deem)
312-809-7011 (Chicago Office)

Lori L. Deem is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in Chicago, Illinois where she represents employees/plaintiffs in employment matters in all forums, including federal or state court, governmental agencies and ADR settings.

Ms. Deem primarily represents individual employees in a variety of employment-related matters, including employment discrimination, retaliatory discharge (including whistleblower claims under The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002), as well as drafting and negotiation of employment contracts, separation agreements, and non-compete agreements. She has also conducted sexual harassment and other workplace investigations at the request of employers.

From 2008 through 2012, she was recognized each year as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers, recognizing the top 2.5 percent of young attorneys in Illinois.  Since the fall of 2012, Ms. Deem has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Illinois Super Lawyers and as a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine.

Ms. Deem is currently serving as the Employee Administrative Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee (“ERR”) and the Employee Co-Chair of the National Programs Committee of the Labor & Employment Section of the American Bar Association.  She also serves on the Leadership Committee for the Chicago Chapter of ERR.  In 2011, Ms. Deem was selected to participate in the ABA Labor & Employment Section’s Leadership Development Program. Ms. Deem is also a member of the Illinois Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and writer on various employment law topics.

Ms. Deem graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Xavier University and received a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is admitted to the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.


  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois - 1998
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1995
    • Major: Organizational Communication
    • Minor: Business Administration

Published Works

  • "Workplace Investigation Basics: The Employee/Plaintiff Perspective", ABA 6th Annual Labor & Employment CLE Conference, New Orleans, LA , November, 2013
  • "Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Dealing with the Problem Employee", ABA 5th Annual Labor & Employment CLE Conference, Atlanta, GA , November, 2012
  • "2013 EEO Developments - Year in Review", Chicago Bar Association Employment CLE Conference, Chicago, IL , November, 2012
  • "Ethical Concerns for the In-House Attorney Who Becomes Adversarial to His/Her Employer", ABA Labor & Employment Section, Chicago Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee CLE Ethics Seminar, Chicago, IL , June, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2014
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2008 - 2012
  • Leading Lawyers Network, 2012 - 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Employee Administrative Co-Chair – Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee (ERR), 2012 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson, Partner, November 1, 2005 - July 1, 2014
  • Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson, Associate, November 1, 2002 - October 31, 2005