Born: Plymouth, Indiana
Education: Lake Forest College, B.A., 1979, DePaul University,J.D., 1982
Admissions: 1982, Illinois, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar; U.S. District Court, Central District Illinois and Northern District of Indiana; U.S. Court of Appeals; Seventh Circuit; and U.S. Supreme Court.
Professional Associations: Ms. Ecker is the Employee Co-Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and a Co-chair of the Section’s Membership Development Committee. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association (Past Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Committee); the Illinois Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association; National Employment Lawyers Association-Illinois (Past President and Founding Executive Board Member); and the American Arbitration Association Roster of Neutrals, Employment Law. Ms. Ecker is also a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and WPATH, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Awards and Honors: Ms. Ecker is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named the Best Lawyers® 2014-2015 Employment Law – Individuals “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago. Ms. Ecker is also an Illinois Super Lawyer, with the distinction of beingnamed as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois, and she is on the Leading Lawyers’ list of the Top Ten Illinois Women Employment Lawyers-Employee.
Professional Activities: Ms. Ecker is often interviewed as an authority on employment law by national and regional media, such as Fortune Magazine, CBS Chicago, WMAQ-AM, WBEZ-FM, and the Chicago Tribune. A frequent lecturer, Ms. Ecker has spoken and written on a wide variety of employment law topics, including mediation, arbitration, litigation strategy, employment torts, sexual harassment, age discrimination, leaves of absence, gender identity discrimination, and retaliation. She has taught Employment Litigation as an adjunct professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Recent Speaking Engagements: Pregnancy Claims under Federal and Illinois Law, IICLE Business and Employment Law Conference, April 27, 2015, Chicago, IL; Workplace Issues Arising from the Legalization of Marijuana, Chicago Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee Meeting. January 14, 2015, Chicago, IL; Advanced Issues in Reductions-in-Force, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law 8th Annual CLE Conference, November 7, 2014, Los Angeles, CA; Can Employees be Disciplined for Out-of-Work Behaviors? ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law 7th Annual CLE Conference, November 9, 2013, New Orleans, LA; How to Prove Your Case for Defamation, IICLE Labor & Employment Law Section, November 30, 2012, Chicago, IL; EPLI for Dummies, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law 6th Annual CLE Conference, November 2, 2012, Atlanta, GA; Getting to Win-Win: Making Mediation Successful, ABA Annual Meeting, August 2, 2012, Chicago, IL; So You Think You’ve Got a Case? Your Employer Doesn’t Think So! Selecting Causes of Action and Identifying Available Defenses, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law 5th Annual CLE Conference, November 4, 2011, Seattle, WA; Ricci, Lewis v. City of Chicago, Testing and Affirmative Action: How Are They Related, Moderator, ABA Annual Meeting, August 7, 2010, San Francisco, CA; Social Media – Using it for Litigation, IICLE 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Update, May 21, 2010, Chicago, IL.; Getting Even? Don't Even Think About It!: Expanding Avenues for High Speed Pursuit of Retaliation Claims, Moderator, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, Annual CLE Conference, November 6, 2009, Washington, D.C.; Expansive New Developments in ADA and FMLA, ABA Annual Meeting, July 31, 2009, Chicago, Illinois; Beards, Prayer and Other Acts of Conscience: Accommodating Employee Religious Freedom in the Workplace, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Teleconference, April 15, 2009; The Ever-expanding Employment Retaliation Claim, ERR Chicago Meeting, November 13, 2008, Chicago, Illinois; Communication and Implementation of Investigation Results, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, Annual CLE Conference, November 8, 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Shredding Documents and Keeping Secrets, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, ERR Midwinter Meeting, March 2007, New Orleans, Louisiana; The Basics: Family and Medical Leave, ABA Annual Meeting, August 2005, Chicago, Illinois; Mediation Preparation and Advocacy: A Plaintiff Representative’s Perspective, CBA Labor and Employment Law Committee Luncheon Meeting, April 2005.