Laurie A. Rompala

Of Counsel


(312) 238-9003 | lrompala@VABLAWFIRM.COM


Laurie advises clients on a range of employment and business matters. She also conducts independent workplace investigations. Laurie has represented clients in employment, professional liability, and commercial disputes in a variety of litigation settings.

For the last several years, Laurie has worked within multi-state professional services organizations as a strategic business partner, internal counsel, and senior talent leader. In chief roles at AmLaw100 and 200 law firms, Laurie reorganized and led departments responsible for human resources. She also partnered with management and in-house counsel to address sensitive risk management, cultural, and compliance concerns.  

Laurie was a volunteer mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution and spent six years working in public interest organizations before practicing law.  

Representative Engagements

  • Laurie has counseled clients regarding multi-site reductions in force and voluntary early retirement programs.

  • As both internal and external counsel, Laurie has performed numerous high-level workplace investigations for internal complaints, disciplinary matters, and policy violations.

  • Laurie has delivered training sessions on best practices in compliance and human resources management.

Bar Admissions & Certifications

  • State Bar of Illinois

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General and Trial Bar)

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

  • Center for Conflict Resolution, Certified Mediator

Awards & Boards

  • Women Employed Board Member (2012-present)

  • Near South Sports Association/KICS United Soccer Coach (2011-2015)

  • Named Illinois “Super Lawyer” Rising Star (2008, 2009)


  • Barnes & Thornburg, LLP- Chief Talent Officer (2015-2017)

  • Vedder Price- Chief People Officer (2013-2015); General Counsel & Director of Human Resources (2012-2013)

  • Jackson Lewis- Of Counsel (2011–2012)

  • Gensler- North Central Region HR Director & Counsel (2009-2011); Regional Counsel (2005-2009)

  • Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth- Associate (2003–2005)

  • Rooks Pitts (Dykema)- Associate (2000–2003)


       IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law
       Chicago, Illinois- Juris Doctor, 2000

       Knox College
       Galesburg, Illinois- Bachelor of Arts, 1994