Leigh Bonsall is a litigator who focuses her practice on employment and commercial litigation. She has defended employers at the federal, state, and administrative levels against claims involving harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Leigh has also defended employers in wage and hour disputes and in claims arising out of the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Leigh's commercial litigation experience includes UCC litigation and contract disputes. She also defends lawyers and law firms against claims for professional malpractice.

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

  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Commercial Litigation, 2021 – 2022; and Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2021 – 2022
  • Recognized on the Rising Stars list by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2014, 2016 – 2021
  • 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


  • "Medical Facts and Legal Options: COVID-19 Vaccine Initiatives in the Workplace," Hinshaw L&E Presentation, Virtual Event, February 3, 2021
  • Co-Presenter, "The Labor & Employment Year in Review: Is It Over Yet?" Midwest Session, Hinshaw's 25th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, Virtual Event, October 26, 2020
  • 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