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Lawre has been a partner at Laner Muchin since 2006, joining the Firm after many years as a partner engaged in labor and employment law with another firm.  After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1964 and serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Lawre has been primarily engaged in federal and state employment litigation. He has successfully defended both private and public employers against discrimination, retaliation, harassment and constitutional claims for several decades. Lawre also has extensive appellate experience before both the Illinois Appellate Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 


  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rating
  • Leading Lawyer Network
  • Member, Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations
  • Member, Lawyers Club of Chicago
  • Certified Faculty Member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Author, Arbitration-Practice and Procedure, the Illinois State Bar Association Journal
  • Author, Teacher Rights and Responsibilities, School Law
  • Author, Legal Arguments with Respect to Drug Testing of Public Employees: Who Has What Leg to Stand On, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Employment Terminations and Issues in the Workplace



Below are representative samples of the types of matters Lawre handles on behalf of Laner Muchin clients:

Successfully defended both private and public sector employers against claims of disability, age, race, sex, first amendment and political discrimination, and sexual harassment and retaliation claims.

Participated in over 200 appeals before both the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Has been an American Arbitration Association Arbitrator (Labor Panel) since 1971, and has participated as an advocate, arbitrator, or mediator in several hundred arbitrations.

Has engaged in proceedings before the NLRB, ILRB, IELRB, the U.S., Illinois and Chicago Departments of Labor, wage/hour cases, EEOC, IDHR and HRC, sexual and other alleged harassment investigations, fraud and theft investigations, employee discipline and terminations, mediations, collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitrations, and working with clients who prefer to minimize union organization.



Harvard Law School, LLB 1964


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
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