Skip to main content
Lily M. McNulty

Lily is a trusted advisor to companies of all sizes in the areas of employment law and labor relations. She takes great pride in building relationships with clients and providing practical, strategic advice. Clients value her knowledge of employment laws and commitment to their business goals, improving employee relations, and minimizing legal risk.

Lily provides compliance-related and strategic advice on virtually all employment related matters such as managing employee relations and performance, complying with wage and hour laws, conducting background checks, complying with pre-employment laws relating to requesting criminal history and salary information, drug and alcohol tests, assessing reasonable accommodations, complying with pregnancy and disability discrimination laws, administering leaves of absences and sick leave, FMLA usage, proper employee classification, severance packages and separation agreements, employment agreements, reductions in force, non-competition agreements, complying with a myriad of discrimination and harassment laws, and a variety of other employment-related topics. Lily also works closely with clients to draft and implement human resources systems, audits, and handbooks designed to foster positive employee relations and comply with employment laws.

When allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or unfair treatment arise, clients often call upon Lily to conduct investigations and resolve employee complaints. Lily also regularly provides trainings to workforces on a range of employment-related topics such as maintaining discrimination and harassment-free workplaces, effective documentation and discipline, positive employee relations, background check best practices, and avoiding wage and hour pitfalls.

When a union is involved, Lily advises employers on a wide spectrum of labor relations matters, including handling employee grievances, managing employee performance, and responding to union organizing campaigns. She also negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of employers, represents employers in arbitrations arising under such agreements, and she defends employers in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

When clients are involved in litigation, Lily represents clients against charges of discrimination filed at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state agencies, and against wage claims filed at the Department of Labor (DOL). She has obtained many dismissals on behalf of her clients. In addition, Lily has experience representing employers in state and federal lawsuits involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations. She calls on this experience when counseling clients.

Concentrations

  • Counseling and transactional
    • Employment law advice and counsel
    • Creating and implementing HR systems and handbooks
    • Wage and hour and employment law audits
    • Workplace investigations
    • Non-compete, executive employment, separation, and other agreements
    • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Labor management relations
    • Employee grievances
    • Union organizing campaigns
    • Collective bargaining agreements
    • Arbitrations
    • Proceedings and charges before the National Labor Relations Board and state agencies
  • Employment litigation
    • Charges of discrimination
    • Wage claims
    • Discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, retaliation, wage and hour, and Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation in state and federal court
    • Individual, class, and collective action litigation

Capabilities

Experience

  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Charles Kocoras, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2013
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. James G. Carr, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2011

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers Magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2016-2020
  • Recipient, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, “Emerging Lawyer Award,” 2019
  • Listed, Top Women Lawyers in the Chicago Metro Area, “Emerging Women Lawyers Under 40,” 2019

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2013
    • Executive Student Articles Editor, The John Marshall Law Review
  • B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 2010
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois