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140 S. Dearborn Street, 6th Floor
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
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.

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 Section 1983 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 a police officer before a federal jury in a Section 1983 excessive force case involving a police shooting. Altman v. Village of Gurnee
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Some of Lucy’s presentations include: 
  • "Section 1983 - Wrongful Convictions/Part 2: Practice Pointers in Defending Against Claims," presented at the International Municipal Lawyers Association 2017 Mid-Year Seminar
  • "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
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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

  • 2015 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from Law Bulletin Publishing for outstanding trial verdict for defense against a $13 million jury demand. Altman v. Gurnee