Lori was favorited to win the election as she was the top vote getter in the first round election. Most recently serving as a senior equity partner in the litigation and conflict resolution group at mayer brown llp lori routinely managed large complex litigation matters with teams of attorneys expert witnesses and others in defense of client matters lori also spearheaded complex internal investigations which required managing teams of attorneys client personnel expert witnesses and.
Mayer brown congratulated lightfoot this morning on twitter and facebook.
Lori lightfoot mayer brown. Mayer brown is one of the largest law firms in the country with 1 39 billion in revenue in 2018 and 1 570 lawyers. Congratulations to chicago mayor and former mayer brown partner lori lightfoot from the firm s very first days mayer brown lawyers have honored their profession s call to serve others. Dozens of talented lawyers have left the firm for or come to it from high ranking positions in local state and national government including the judiciary.
Ann lightfoot lori lightfoot s 90 year old mother smiled when watching a video clip of the exchange. This top attorney at mayer brown is also chair of chicago police board. In another mayer brown case lightfoot was part of a team defending prosecutors in a decades old wrongful prosecution in iowa of two african american teens in the 1977 shooting death of a retired.
Before becoming mayor lightfoot worked in private legal practice as a partner at mayer brown and held various government positions in the city of chicago. Lightfoot returned to mayer brown as an equity partner in 2005 while leading the chicago police board and the police accountability task force. After earning a bachelor s degree from the university of michigan and a jd from the university of chicago law school lori lightfoot began her career in 1989 as a michigan supreme court law clerk.
Lori lightfoot greater chicago area partner at mayer brown llp 5 connections see lori s complete profile on linkedin and connect. Lori lightfoot became the first black female and openly gay mayor of chicago when she defeated toni preckwinkle in a runoff election held in april 2019. From law school it was on to the white shoe law firm of mayer brown where she took on cases that would later become fodder for her opponent preckwinkle.
Abrams said lightfoot is extraordinarily effective in a courtroom and can react well to the changing dynamic that can often occur during a hearing or trial. Most notably she served as president of the chicago police board and chair of the chicago. Lori acquired 74 of the total vote against preckwinkle.
Lori elaine lightfoot born august 4 1962 is an american attorney and politician who serves as the 56th mayor of chicago she has served since 2019.