Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson

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Vicki Lafer Abrahamson

Darlene A. Vorachek

Roberta A. Levinson

Caroline E. Rdzanek

Alison Zamora

VICKI LAFER ABRAHAMSON

Vicki Lafer Abrahamson is the principal of the law firm of Abrahamson Vorachek & Levinson, 120 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1050, in Chicago, IL 60602. She is a 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law and has had her own law firm since 1985, concentrating in employment-related matters.

Ms. Abrahamson is a former member of the Council for the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association and past Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities and International Labor Law Com­mittees of that Section. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is a Founding Governor, member of the Board of Governors, and past President of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Ms. Abrahamson is also a member of the Na­tional Em­ployment Lawyers' Association and a member of the Panel of Neutral Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. Illinois Super Lawyers named the firm the Top Small Employment Law Firm in Illinois for 2011. Ms. Abrahamson was named Lawyer of the Year in Chicago for 2012 (Employment Law-Individuals) by Best Lawyers, and as the Top Plaintiffs’ Employment Attorney in Illinois for 2011 by Leading Lawyers Network of Illinois. She has been named by the Leading Lawyers Network as one of the Top Ten Women Lawyers in Illinois (2007-12), one of the Top Ten Women Litigators in Illinois (2012), and one of the Top Ten Women (Consumer) Lawyers in Illinois (2012). She has been ranked by SuperLawyers as one of the Top Ten Attorneys in Illinois. Ms. Abrahamson is a nationally known speaker on various topics concerning employees' rights.

DARLENE A. VORACHEK

Ms. Vorachek attended the National Law Center, George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., receiving her J.D. with honors in 1982. She is a member of the Maryland and Illinois Bars and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland and the Northern District of Illinois, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Fourth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. From 1982 until 1984, she clerked for the Honorable James R. Miller, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the District of Maryland.

Ms. Vorachek is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, where she was 1999-2000 Seminar Chair, Vice Chair 2000-2001, and Chair 2001-2002 of the Labor and Employment Committee, and past Co-chair of the Subcommittee on the Illinois Department of Human Rights/Commission on Human Rights. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and its Section on Labor and Employment Law, where she is a current member and former Plaintiff Chair of the Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee. She is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and its Illinois chapter and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Ms. Vorachek is a nationally known speaker and writer on various employment-related topics.

ROBERTA A. LEVINSON

Ms. Levinson attended University of Illinois, B.A. cum laude, 1972, Phi Beta Kappa, and the University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1975. She is a member of the Illinois bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Ms. Levinson is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the CBAs Labor and Employment Committee. She is holds the following honors: Member, Leading Lawyers Network, 2003-present; Top 50 Women Consumer Lawyers in Illinois; Top 100 Women Lawyers in Illinois in All Areas of Law; Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, March 2007.

Ms. Levinson is a nationally known speaker and writer on various employment-related topics, including: Dinker Biddle/William & Mary, Employment Law & Litigation Forum, 2007, 2006, 2005; Council on Education in Management, FMLA Update, 2007; ABA EEO Basics Seminar, 2006, 2004.

Ms. Levinson also has several reported cases, including: Benders v. Bellows and Bellows, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10138 (N.D.Ill. 5/5/05); Kielczynski v. LaGrange,122 F. Supp. 2d 932 (N.D.Ill. 2000), 19 F. Supp. 2d 877 (N.D.Ill. 1998); Kahalnik v. John Hancock Funds, SAC ID No. 9810144N IL (NASD Arbitration, 1997), 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3701 (N.D.Ill. 3/27/96); Soodman v. Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1495 (N.D.Ill. 2/10/97); and Mahaffey v. Amoco Corp., 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 680 (1/17/97).

CAROLINE E. RDZANEK

Ms. Rdzanek attended the University of Michigan, B.A. 1985, and DePaul University College of Law, J.D. 1989. She is a member of the Illinois Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. Ms. Rdzanek is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar.

Ms. Rdzanek began her career with Abrahamson, Vorachek & Levinson (then Abrahamson & Associates) in 1993, primarily representing individual employees in a variety of employment-related matters. She later served as in-house counsel for the Chicago Park District and as an Associate with Neal Murdock & Leroy, representing employers in court and providing counseling to employers on employee-related matters. Ms. Rdzanek has also conducted sexual harassment training and workplace investigations at the request of employers.

Ms. Rdzanek also has several reported cases, including: Freeman v. Chicago Park Dist., 189 F.3d 613 (1999); Milton v. Chicago Park District, 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 17932 (July 29, 1998); Tuohey v. Chicago Park Dist., 148 F.3d 735 (1998); Wilk v. McDonough, 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 17713 (April 10, 1997); Cruse v. Chicago Park Dist., 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 21878 (April 10, 1996); Mendoza v. Chicago Park Dist., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18384 (Sept. 24, 2002); Markos v. Chicago Park Dist., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8420 (May 9, 2002); Doig v. Chicago Park Dist., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1839, (February 5, 2002); Porter v. Chicago Park Dist., 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11666 (July 16, 2001); Czarnecki v. Chicago Park Dist., 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16628 (Oct. 23, 2000); Brown v. Chicago Park Dist., 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16190 (Sept. 27, 1999).

ALISON ZAMORA

Ms. Zamora received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 2007. While there, she served as Case Summaries Editor for the Journal of Art and Entertainment Law and completed additional elective coursework to receive a Certificate in International and Comparative Law. She has been a member of the Illinois Bar since 2007 and was admitted to the Northern District of Illinois General Bar in 2008 and the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar in 2012.

Ms. Zamora joined Abrahamson, Vorachek & Levinson in 2014. She began her career in 2007 with the Law Office of Kenneth Flaxman where she represented individual and class action plaintiffs in various civil rights matters (detainee rights, police misconduct and employment discrimination).

Ms. Zamora has a passion for public service and education. She has volunteered her expertise as: Lawyer/Evaluator and Lawyer/Coach for the Chicago Coalition for Law Related Education’s Public High School Mock Trial Competitions (2014 and 2012 respectively); Associate Judge for the American Bar Association’s Awards and Subgrants Committee (2012-2013 appointment); Judge for the American Bar Association’s Law School Arbitration Competition (2012-2013); and Employment Advisor for the Employment Project (2004).

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