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OVERVIEW

Denise A. Lazar
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-4816

F 312-759-5646

OVERVIEW

Denise A. Lazar
Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 312-214-4816

F 312-759-5646

A fearless, strong and tenacious advocate, trial attorney Denise Lazar is appreciated for her persistence, creativity and ability to understand her clients’ objectives. Most importantly, Denise identifies what victory looks like for each client, and then works tirelessly to achieve that end.

OVERVIEW

Denise A. Lazar Partner

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P : 312-214-4816

A fearless, strong and tenacious advocate, trial attorney Denise Lazar is appreciated for her persistence, creativity and ability to understand her clients’ objectives. Most importantly, Denise identifies what victory looks like for each client, and then works tirelessly to achieve that end.

Co-chair of the firm’s Toxic Tort practice group, Denise is a seasoned trial lawyer who represents companies and individuals in civil litigation matters across the country in state and federal courts. Denise also represents companies in international and domestic arbitration proceedings with a focus on injunctive relief matters. She focuses on simplifying complex legal and factual issues to make them understandable for decision-makers.

In addition to her litigation practice, Denise advises nonprofit organizations, including professional societies, private accreditation bodies and trade associations. Her experience in this area includes representing accrediting bodies and educational institutions in accreditation matters, advising ethics committees and providing counsel tailored to the unique needs of associations, particularly in the areas of ethics and compliance.

In addition to ultimately realizing the client’s objective, Denise has recovered millions of dollars of judgments in the U.S. and Denise serves as co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, serves on the Women’s Initiative Task Force and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Professional and Community Involvement

Board member, Family Defense Center

Vice president, executive committee member and Program and Advocacy Committee member, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Member, Executives Breakfast Club Executive Council

Member, Cornell Law School Executive Board

Founding board member, Mary Kennedy Brown Society

Co-Chair, Blessings in a Backpack Chicago Advisory Board

Honors

Barns & Thornburg Kenneth H. Inskeep Mentoring Award, 2015

Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-2019

EXPERIENCE
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney is lead counsel to a Fortune 500 Manfacturer for its global distribution matters.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a Commodity Futures Trading (CFTC) Receiver in implementing a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from the court and assisted with seizure of Melrose Asset Management’s and John Loftgren’s assets.

    http://www.cftc.gov/opa/enf02/opa4695-02.htm. (This matter occurred prior to the attorney joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a major agricultural chemical distributor in multiple class actions involving the herbicide atrazine, which was allegedly present in surface water of multiple municipal water districts. (This matter occurred prior to the attorney joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a major real estate investor in the defense of an injunctive relief action related to transaction concerning long term care facilities. (This matter occurred prior to the attorney joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented a prominent Chicago law firm in a legal malpractice case involving claims of underlying alleged malpractice involving advice concerning interpretation of certain educational laws. The case was tried resulting in a not guilty jury verdict. (This matter occurred prior to the attorney joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented an international ingredient manufacturer in a breach of contract dispute. Ms. Lazar tried the case, resulting in victory for ingredient manufacturer. (This matter occurred prior to the attorney joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented Kaken Pharmaceutical in its legal malpractice action against its former patent counsel, Oblon Spivak. Successfully resolved complex malpractice claim concerning biological patent. (This matter occurred prior to the attorney joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP.)
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented over fifty agricultural chemical retailers relative to the atrazine litigation.
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented the Receiver for MedResorts, a time share vacation company, in an Federal Trade Commission (FTC) case involving the seizure of business assets pursuant to Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the court. Ms. Lazar also represented the Receiver relative to operation of company until sale. Press release re: settlement: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/11/medresorts.shtm. (This matter occurred prior to the attorney joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys defendeded a safety restraint system manufacturer in matter involving safety restraint systems. (This matter occurred prior to the attorney joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP.)
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represent a steel manufacturer in a breach of contract matter involving the destruction of a bridge crane at Severstal Steel. On behalf of the plaintiff, we are seeking in excess of $25,000,000 for defendant’s negligence, which caused the collapse and destruction of a crane during a heavy wind event. Severstal Sparrows Point, LLC v. Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, Inc., No. 1:09cv1668 (Maryland, June 24,2009).
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a Global Recruiting Concern in the successful bet the company international arbitration of a commercial dispute which was on fast track with streamlined discovery and included a full factual hearing on dispositive issue 3 months after initial filing of arbitration demand. (This matter occurred prior to the attorney joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP.)
  • The Construction Law Practice Group represents an international oil and gas company in connection with one of the largest, if not the largest, refinery modernization construction projects in the United States. Our work on this project has included the following significant claims:

    Litigation Regarding Refinery Emissions Control System

    We are lead counsel handling litigation pending in California arising out of a contract to design and supply a large emissions reduction system for a power plant at the refinery. In conjunction with attorneys in our Los Angeles office, we are both defending against the contractor’s claims and prosecuting counterclaims worth several million dollars.

    $20 Million Dispute With Refinery Contractor – Forensic Audit

    We are lead counsel in a $20 million dispute with a contractor that performed a major turnaround maintenance project at the refinery. The investigation of these claims includes cost accounting and forensic audit issues and various claims related to the work itself. Our team is responsible for dispute resolution efforts and any litigation that may be required.

    $15 Million Dispute - Supplier of Defective Component Parts

    We are lead counsel in a dispute with a supplier of refinery component parts that involves over 100 claims and at least $15 million. Our team is responsible for the investigation and analysis of the claims, dispute resolution efforts and any litigation that may be required.

    $10 Million Dispute – Coke Facility Construction Work

    In 2012, we successfully resolved a $10 million dispute related to the construction of the large coke handling facility at the refinery. We evaluated the complex commercial contract that included construction of the facility, and assisted the client in negotiations that resolved the dispute on favorable terms including eliminating certain potential future claims.

    Structural Steel Fireproofing

    We are co-counsel in connection with the investigation and litigation of issues related to structural steel fireproofing at the refinery. The claims involve steel suppliers, fireproofing fabricators and fireproofing suppliers located in various states and litigation that is now pending in two states.
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