Leigh Bonsall is a litigator who focuses her practice on commercial, professional liability and labor and employment litigation. She has experience defending legal malpractice, breach of contract, trade secret and business tort claims, as well as claims arising out of the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Additionally, Leigh has defended employers at the federal, state and administrative levels against claims involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Leigh has also briefed and argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Appellate Court.

Leigh joined Hinshaw as an associate in September 2010. Previously she was a law clerk with the firm.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Foundation, Board of Directors

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized on the Rising Stars list by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2014, 2016 – 2020
  • Recognized by her peers as an "Emerging Lawyer" in the areas of: Commercial Litigation; Employment Law: Management; and Professional Malpractice Defense: Including Legal/Technical/Financial


  • Co-Presenter, "Employer Compliance and COVID-19: Paid Sick Leave, Furloughs, and Layoffs," Chicago Bar Association CLE, Webinar, April 23, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Collection Agency – Employment Law – Risk Management," Third Annual GLCCA Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, May 20, 2019
  • "Biometric Privacy: Litigation Trends and Defenses," Hinshaw U, Chicago, Illinois, February 12, 2019


Leigh is the author of a moot court brief, "2008 to 2009 National Health Law Moot Court Competition: Best Brief," which was published in Journal of Legal Medicine, 30 J.Legal Med. 467.


  • Chicago Lights, Volunteer Tutor
  • Imerman Angels, Volunteer

Community/Civic Activities

  • Lawyers in the Classroom program, sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Volunteer

J.D., Advocacy Certificate, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2010

  • Contributor, Journal of Legal Medicine

B.A., University of Michigan, 2007