Lily joined Laner Muchin in 2014 as a member of the Firm’s counseling, litigation and traditional labor teams. Prior to joining Laner Muchin, Lily was an associate at a national law firm where her practice focused on complex employment discrimination litigation. Lily provides compliance-related and strategic advice on a broad range of employment issues to help her clients minimize risk and navigate difficult employment disputes. Lily also regularly conducts internal investigations and trains clients on discrimination, harassment, and management best practices.
When her clients are involved in litigation, Lily represents employers before state and federal courts, and government agencies. She defends employers sued in all types of employment litigation, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation, wage and hour and wage payment claims, whistleblower claims, and employment contract disputes involving trade secrets, non-competes and restrictive covenants. Lily also negotiates collective bargaining agreements and represents employers in arbitrations arising under such agreements.
HONORS, MEMBERSHIPS AND PUBLICATIONS
- Law Bulletin Publishing Company selected Lily as a 2019 Emerging Lawyer
- Illinois Super Lawyers selected Lily as a Rising Star, a recognition reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of forty in the State of Illinois (2016, 2017, 2018)
- Lily has published over thirty articles on a variety of employment and litigation topics and her articles have been featured in The ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law, Corporate Counsel, Inside Counsel, The Federal Lawyer Magazine, The Computer and Internet Lawyer Journal, and Campbell Law Review.
- Author, Unpaid Internships – The New Lightning Rod for Wage & Hour Litigation, Laner Muchin Newsletter (January 2016)
- Author, Trending Away From Telecommuting: Is Working From Home A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA, American Bar Association (September 2015)
- Author, Who’s The Boss? Joint Employment Law and Its State of Flux, Employment Law Update (November 2014)
- Author, The Tides Are Turning: EEOC Pattern or Practice Lawsuits Must Adhere to Title VII’s 300-Day Limitation Period, ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law (Fall 2014)
- Author, It’s Time To Re-Evaluate Workplace Arbitration Programs, The Illinois Manufacturer Magazine (March 2014)
- Author, Phishing on Facebook: Do You Ask Job Applicants for Their Social Media Passwords?, The Computer & Internet Lawyer, Vol. 31 No. 1 (January 2014)
- Author, Fifth Circuit Overturns NLRB in D.R. Horton Arbitration Case, The Legal Pulse (December 11, 2013)
- Author, A Look At The EEOC’s Pursuit of “Edge Of The Envelope” Cases, Inside Counsel (December 11, 2013)
- Author, Religious Discrimination – It’s On The EEOC’s Radar, Inside Counsel (November 13, 2013)
- Author, With a Few Clicks of the Mouse You Can Uncover What Job Applicants Leave Off Their Resumes, Employment Law Lookout (November 26, 2013)
- Author, The EEOC’s Fiscal Year-End Rush to the Red Zone, Inside Counsel (October 30, 2013)
- Author, Social Media Privacy Laws and the Financial Industry, Corporate Counsel (October 2013)
- Author, Testing the Social Media Waters: First Amendment Entanglement Beyond the Schoolhouse Gates, Campbell Law Review, Vol. 36 No. 1 (Fall 2013)
- Author, Phishing on Facebook: Do You Ask Job Applicants for Their Social Media Passwords?, The Federal Lawyer Magazine (September 13, 2013)
- Author, Workplace Class Action Litigation Is Here To Stay, National Club Association (February 2013)
- Contributing Writer, The Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits In Brief Biannual Review, Vol. 4 Issue 1 (Spring 2012)
Below are representative samples of the types of matters Lily handles on behalf of Laner Muchin clients:
Providing employment counseling to develop specifically tailored strategies to help minimize employment risks on: state, federal and local discrimination laws, compensation policies, handling employee complaints and grievances, effective hiring and termination decisions, managing employee performance, legally required postings, maintenance of personnel files, employment tests for hire/advancement, lawful employment applications, food handling and alcohol certificate requirements and compliance, new hire paperwork, state and federal laws impacting temporary service agencies, Department of Transportation requirements and compliance, effective discipline and documentation, drug and alcohol testing, managing performance through performance appraisals, administering and creating leave of absence and sick leave programs, background check laws, sexual and other harassment, use of social media during the hiring and selection process, pregnancy and disability discrimination and accommodations, updates on changes in employment laws, and a variety of other employment-related topics.
Preparing individual employment agreements, severance agreements and independent contractor agreements.
Defending employers in single-plaintiff, class actions, wage and hour collective actions, and EEOC pattern or practice lawsuits before state and federal courts.
Defending employers before federal, state and local government agencies on discrimination and wage and hour issues.
Drafting personnel policies and employee handbooks.
Counseling and conducting audits to identify and correct wage and hour and other legal compliance efforts and concerns, including, but not limited to: hourly minimum wage rates, overtime, properly classifying employees as exempt and non-exempt from overtime, tip policies and tip sharing, deductions from wages, wage garnishments, child labor laws, show-up pay, misclassification of employees as independent contractors, compensable time, recordkeeping of hours worked, required meal breaks and maximum days/hours worked in a workweek, and a variety of other federal, state and local wage and hour laws.
Conducting investigations on behalf of employers on a broad range of topics, including investigations of alleged harassment, retaliation, discrimination and other matters.
Negotiating collective bargaining agreements, responding to grievances, defending against unfair labor practice charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
Providing employment-related advice to clients involved in acquiring other entities, including negotiating and preparing employment contracts for incoming executives, advising on non-compete issues, ensuring that due diligence on employment-related issues are sufficiently thorough, among other related services.
Providing training to executives, managers and entire workforces on a range of employment-related topics including leave and disability, discrimination, diversity, harassment, hiring/firing, background checks, effective documentation/discipline practices, managing performance, the role of supervisors and management, and a variety of other employment-related topics.
News, Events, and Publications
- Laner Muchin Attorney Lily McNulty Presented “Avoiding Legal Landmines” at the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters 2018 Forum04.19.2018
- Laner Muchin Attorney Lily McNulty Presented on a Panel Discussing “Women at the Work Place: Leadership and Sexual Harassment” to the Law Society at Chicago-Kent College of Law03.23.2018
- Counseling and Transactional
- Labor Management Relations
- Private and Public Sector Employment Litigation
Ohio Wesleyan University, Honors in History 2010
The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2013 (Law Review Executive Editor)
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois