Carla A. Lawless focuses her practice on complex civil litigation discovery. In addition to being a certified Relativity Review Specialist, Carla has experience working as the senior regional counsel for one of the world’s largest fast food companies. She is also a certified arbitrator for Cook and DuPage Counties in Illinois. At the Firm, Carla has extensive discovery experience in antitrust and False Claims Act litigation, corporate due diligence and patent infringement. Carla regularly provides pro bono legal services as a volunteer for several organizations.



  • Served as a reviewer on several emergency projects, meeting very short deadlines for upcoming hearings


  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services for 10 years of Pro Bono service 2014
  • McDermott Will & Emery Outstanding Achievement award for Pro Bono and Service to the Community 2014


  • Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL), provides pro bono legal services and helps facilitate outreach efforts
  • Dixon Center/Easter Seals mentoring veterans program
  • Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, 10 years of volunteer service
  • Housing Forward, provides pro bono legal services


California Western School of Law, JD, 1991
University of Maryland, BS, 1985


Supreme Court of the United States
US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Illinois Supreme Court

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