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Lari Dierks represents clients—which include both individuals and corporations—in litigation, focusing on cases involving government law. Committed to ensuring her clients are informed through litigation, Lari plays an active role in all phases of litigation. She has worked on a wide range of matters involving government regulation and ethics, as well as election law. Lari's experience also includes appellate and white collar cases.

Prior to joining Hinshaw as an associate, Lari served a secondment with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. While there, she tried numerous bench trials and secured a victory in a felony jury trial. As both a summer associate and law clerk for the firm, Lari worked on an international arbitration for the Republic of Croatia. She was also a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Thomas L. Kilbride, Illinois Supreme Court Justice for the Third District.

During law school, Lari was the Managing Production Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Policy. She also served as the President for the American Constitution Society and was an active member of the Women's Leadership Coalition.

Before embarking on her legal career, Lari was the lead pension and labor research analyst for the Illinois House of Representatives, Office of the Speaker. She was also a governmental affairs intern with the Laborers' International Union of North America.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Constitution Society
    • Chicago Lawyer Chapter, Vice Chair
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online
    • Young Professionals Board, Social Co-Chair
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership

Publications

  • "Why Current Illinois Consideration Based Pension Reform Proposals Still Fail," Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy, Spring 2018

Personal

Lari enjoys running and travelling. Although she loves to visit places all around the world—most recently, Vietnam—Lari also enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of Chicago.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Girls on the Run
  • Personal PAC Future Voices Council

J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 2018

B.A., magna cum laude, Southern Illinois University, 2012