Gregory Lacey is an attorney specializing in labor and employment matters. He has successfully tried employment matters in federal court, and has obtained favorable results for clients in state and federal courts, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Human Rights Commission. He is a regular speaker at legal seminars in Illinois, Michigan and national webinars, where he presents on “hot topics” in employment law and jury selection.
Mr. Lacey is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Iowa College of Law, where he was a member of the Iowa Law Review. After graduating from law school, Mr. Lacey served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York. While an Assistant District Attorney, he also taught business law as an adjunct professor at the City University of New York. Upon moving to Chicago, he was a litigation associate with law firms where he handled matters involving coverage litigation, labor disputes and Section 1983 civil rights violations. He is also a former Assistant Corporation Counsel with the Law Department of the City of Chicago, Employment Litigation Division, where he litigated and tried cases involving Title VII claims, ADEA, ADA and FMLA. Mr. Lacey was a Labor and Employment partner in the Chicago Office of a large, Midwest-based law firm. As a partner, his practice involved defending and advising employers on issues involving Title VII claims (age, race, sex, national origin), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York.
In 2006, Mr. Lacey was selected as one of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch." He was also named an Illinois “Super Lawyer” in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
In 2011, Mr. Lacey was recognized for his pro bono work through The Pro Bono Project of New Orleans (his hometown). Through the Pro Bono Project, Mr. Lacey successfully provided legal assistance to an elderly survivor of Hurricane Katrina, wrongfully denied access to funding to repair his storm-damaged home. In February 2013, Mr. Lacey was honored with an African American Male Achievement Award in Chicago.