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Chicago, IL 60603

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Practice Areas
Employment Litigation
J.D., Indiana University School of Law 
B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, magna cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
District of Columbia 
Northern District of Illinois 
Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar 
Central District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Defense Research Institute
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel 
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association 
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois 

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Lucy B. Bednarek

Lucy defends public and private entities in civil rights, tort and employment litigation.

Her litigation practice involves a wide variety of legal issues, including civil rights, personal injury, wrongful death, employment decisions, sexual abuse and education issues, as well as claims under 42 U.S.C. §1983, Title VII and Title IX. Her clients include municipalities, school districts, park districts, and private entities.

Lucy is skilled in litigating complex cases from initial investigation to final disposition on the trial and appellate levels, and has argued successfully in the appellate courts. She has substantial jury trial experience in both state and federal court. Lucy is also admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

She is the co-editor of the litigation group’s online newsletter, Ancel Glink Defense E-News, which advises clients on critical court decisions and legislative changes in Illinois. Lucy frequently writes and speaks on litigation issues affecting her clients, including tort immunity, First Amendment rights, and school law issues.


Particular highlights of her recent practice include:
  • Prevailed on appeal before the Seventh Circuit in a wrongful conviction case in a federal lawsuit alleging the investigating police officers conspired to withhold materially exculpatory evidence. Beaman v. Souk 
  • Successfully defended a village and its police officer before a federal jury in a Section 1983 excessive force case involving a police shooting. Berryhill v. Village of Streamwood
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Some of Lucy’s presentations include: 
  • "Tort Immunity Tips for Reducing Liability Exposure" and "What Commissioners Need to Know About Employment Litigation," presented at the 2016 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference
  • “Hot Topics In Employment Litigation: Ways to Reduce Your Exposure,” presented at the 2015 IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights conference
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Lucy frequently writes and speaks on tort immunity, civil rights, employment and school matters. Some of Lucy’s publications include:
  • Co-editor of Ancel Glink Defense E-News
  • Co-author of the Municipal Law Column for the IDC Quarterly, published by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel,  including columns:
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Honors & Awards

  • Lucy Bednarek received the Trial Lawyer Excellence award  on October 21, 2015 from the Law Bulletin Jury Verdict Reporter for Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Civil Rights case she tried in federal court in Chicago with Ellen Emery. The award was for the defense verdict against a 13 million dollar demand in the Altman v. Gurnee case.