Lisa R. Callaway (Partner)

Ms. Callaway earned her undergraduate degree cum laude, Juris Doctor degree, and Masters of Science in Industrial Relations, all from Loyola University of Chicago.  Ms. Callaway concentrates her practice in the areas of labor and employment law.  Before joining our firm, Lisa was a partner at Clark Baird Smith LLP, Vice President and General Counsel for the Management Association of Illinois, and an associate practicing in labor and employment law at two other Chicago law firms.  Over the past decades she has represented school districts, community colleges, municipalities, other local governmental entities, and private companies.  Lisa has a wealth of experience negotiating public and private sector collective bargaining agreements, and has also represented public and private sector clients in federal and State court litigation and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the State and federal departments of Labor, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Illinois Educational and Public Labor Relations Boards.  She frequently lectures on labor and employment law issues at local, State and national conferences and has authored articles on topics such as employment discrimination, employment termination, and workplace Internet/e-mail misuse.


  • 2018    Admitted to the Bar of the State of Colorado
  • 2017    Admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • 2007    Admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1990    Admitted to the Bar of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • 1990    Admitted to the Bar of the State of Illinois


  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association


  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • Illinois Association of School Boards
  • National Business Institute
  • National Association for Business Resources
  • Chicago Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • Illinois Society for Human Resources Management
  • Various Local SHRM Chapters
  • Loyola University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, Institute   of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, and School of Education
  • Northern Illinois University, School of Education
  • For a complete list of Lisa’s presentations, click here


  • Commissioner, City of Elmhurst Zoning and Planning Commission
  • Government Advocate, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Illinois Chapter
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Kenneth M. Piper Endowment Advisory Board and Public Sector Labor Advisory Board
  • Former Chairperson, Chicago Bar Association, School Law Committee
  • Board Member, Labor and Employment Relations Association