Poonam K. Lakhani

​​​​​​Poonam K. Lakhani

Associate Attorney at The Prinz Law Firm

Poonam Lakhani is an employment and business attorney with The Prinz Law Firm. She focuses her practice primarily on employment discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour claims, and retaliatory discharge claims. Ms. Lakhani also has experience representing physicians and negotiating physician employment agreements.

Representing Employees &

Employers throughout Chicago

She is an experienced litigator who practices before both federal and state courts. Ms. Lakhani also represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and other administrative agencies.

Ms. Lakhani represents many small to mid-sized business clients with various commercial matters, including incorporation, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, contract negotiations, and other transactional matters. She is focused on developing creative and cost-effective solutions for her clients.

Prior to joining The Prinz Law Firm, Ms. Lakhani interned in the litigation division of the EEOC, for the labor relations department of the Chicago Board of Education, and in-house at Verizon Wireless.

Dedicated to Service

Throughout her career, Ms. Lakhani has dedicated much of her free time to public service. She is a member of the South-Asian Bar Association of Chicago (SABA Chicago), for which she previously served as community chair. She also served as a Trustee on the South-Asian Bar Association Foundation. She assisted many income-eligible individuals with various legal matters though the Cyriac Kappil Pro Bono Legal Clinic. Ms. Lakhani also volunteered with the Southern Poverty Law Center to help victims of labor trafficking.

Ms. Lakhani has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2016.

Ms. Lakhani is fluent in Hindi and Sindhi.

Practice Areas:


  • J.D., DePaul University
  • B.A. Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Ms. Lakhani served as Symposium Editor on the Journal of Women, Gender and the Law while in law school. She represented DePaul at the Philip C. Jessup Regional Moot Court Competition where she was awarded 10th place for Best Brief. She was also awarded a number of scholarships during her time in law school, including the DePaul Law Merit Scholarship and Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Scholarship.

Professional and Bar Association Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • South-Asian Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

Presentations and Publications:

  • "Life after the Curve: Navigating Law Practice in the Era of COVID-19," forum sponsored by the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago (SABA) (2020).
  • "Employment Agreements: IP Rights, Confidentiality, and Non-Competes," workshop for Innovation DuPage (2019).
  • "Hiring Employees and Interns: A Discussion on Employment Law," workshop for Innovation DuPage (2019).
  • "How to Be an Asset to Your Firm," YLD News, Illinois State Bar Association (2015), available here.

Blog Posts

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  • Can Vaccine-Exempt Employees Be Placed on Unpaid Leave?
    Can Vaccine-Exempt Employees Be Placed on Unpaid Leave?
    Posted by Poonam Lakhani

    A recent announcement from United Airlines stated that employees who have been exempted from its vaccine mandate will be placed on unpaid leave. This ...

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  • Should We Pay Student Athletes?
    Should We Pay Student Athletes?
    Posted by Poonam Lakhani

    The total athletics revenue reported among all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletics departments in 2019 was $18.9 billion . ...

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  • What Do Employers Need to Know about Conducting Background Checks?
    What Do Employers Need to Know about Conducting Background Checks?
    Posted by Poonam Lakhani

    Background checks have become an essential part of the hiring process. And it makes sense that employers want as much information as possible about ...

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