I began my career working with an insurance defense firm and focused primarily on medical malpractice defense. Two years after graduating from law school, I joined Meyer Capel, PC. I concentrated in general civil litigation until around 1990 at which time my practice became more focused on employment and labor matters. I have maintained that area of concentration.
How has your practice evolved in the last few years?
I continue to focus on employment and labor matters and have almost exclusively limited my practice to the management side of these matters. I expect there to be a continued push by unions to organize public employers although I see fewer private enterprises facing organization campaigns by unions. Employment discrimination litigation continues to evolve as new and different protected classes or interpretations of existing protected classes develop.
If you could offer one piece of advice for young lawyers, what would it be?
From a civility standpoint, treat others as you wish to be treated. From a professional standpoint, always be prepared.
What is the one technological device you could not function without daily?
How has civility made a difference in your practice of law?
I am truly blessed to be able to practice in an excellent legal community. The lawyers in this area genuinely care for one another and work together while still zealously and properly representing their clients. I observed a more senior local lawyer, after successfully arguing a motion to dismiss against a very new attorney, assist that attorney in evaluating the advisability of asking for a final and appealable order on the issue. It was a situation where the younger attorney really was not clear on his options and the possible impact to him and his client of his decision at that time. He had not had the opportunity to investigate/research the issue and was trying to make a decision without sufficient knowledge. It was a learning experience, probably for both attorneys, and showed a civility that went beyond politeness to actual mentoring.
What do you do for fun?
Read, vacation at the beach and listen to music.
Lorna Geiler is a member of various bar associations across Illinois and beyond. Ms. Geiler has been selected by her peers multiple times as a leading lawyer in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine. Additionally, Ms. Geiler sits on the Supreme Court of Illinois Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases.