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Laura J. Henneman

Associate | lhenneman@smsm.com
Associate | Chicago, IL
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Laura J. Henneman is an associate attorney in the firm’s Chicago office concentrating on the litigation of product liability, commercial liability, warranty, and personal injury claims. Ms. Henneman has experience in every stage of the litigation process, including pleadings, motions, depositions, and negotiations. She also has experience drafting and revising contracts to ensure client compliance, as well as drafting corporate documents, such as bylaws and annual corporate reports.

Since joining Segal McCambridge in 2015, Ms. Henneman has successfully resolved numerous claims on behalf of firm clients, including through settlement, arbitration, and dispositive motions. Ms. Henneman is a member of the following practice groups at Segal McCambridge: Sports, Recreation, and Entertainment; Technology and Cyber Risk; and Employment Law.

In addition to her work at Segal McCambridge, Ms. Henneman regularly does pro-bono work and is passionate about helping those less fortunate than her in the Chicago community. Since 2016, Ms. Henneman has served as a Guardian Ad Litem for children in contested or problematic guardianship cases where she advocates on the child’s behalf to find the most suitable home for him or her.  

Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Ms. Henneman worked as a law clerk at a prominent Chicago personal injury law firm. During law school, she clerked in the Narcotics Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she was involved in witness examination during a bench trial and conducted a grand jury indictment under the supervision of an Assistant State’s Attorney. Ms. Henneman earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she was an active member of the nationally-ranked Trial Advocacy Team, winning first place at the regional championship of the American Association of Justice Competition. In addition, she was on the Dean’s Honor List and served as treasurer of Chicago-Kent’s Women in Law Society.

Prior to law school, Ms. Henneman worked as a litigation paralegal at a Chicago law firm where she assisted with the defense of product liability claims. Ms. Henneman majored in Advertising and minored in Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received her B.S. in Journalism in 2010. She is a proud recipient of the Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship.

Honors

  •  Regional Champion, American Association of Justice Competition, Chicago-Kent College of Law Trial Advocacy Team, 2014
  • Best Advocate Award Recipient, Intensive Trial Advocacy Course, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2013
  • Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship, University of Colorado, 2006 – 2010

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Guardian Ad Litem through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., Dean’s Honor List, 2015

University of Colorado, B.S., Journalism, 2010

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2016