Poonam K. Lakhani

Poonam K. Lakhani


Ms. Lakhani is a partner with The Prinz Law Firm. She represents both individual employees and employers, from small businesses to mid-sized multi-state entities, and as a result possesses a comprehensive understanding of a variety of employment issues. Ms. Lakhani is skilled in handling workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, as well as wage and hour matters. She also has extensive experience representing physicians and negotiating physician employment agreements.

Ms. Lakhani regularly counsels employers on employment policies and best practices, and she represents business clients in set-up and incorporation, contract negotiations, and other commercial matters. In all her work, she is focused on developing creative and cost-effective solutions for her clients.

Practice Areas

Ms. Lakhani is a zealous advocate for her clients. She has obtained a multi-million-dollar jury verdict, and regularly represents her clients in state and federal court, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, and other administrative bodies.

Ms. Lakhani is experienced in a wide variety of matters, including:

  • Physician employment contracts
  • Executive employment contracts
  • Retaliation
  • ADA failure to accommodate
  • FMLA violations
  • Retaliatory discharge
  • Whistleblowing
  • Minimum wage and overtime violations
  • Unpaid compensation
  • Labor trafficking
  • Discrimination (including race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation religion, disability, and pregnancy discrimination)

Ms. Lakhani also regularly negotiates and drafts employment agreements, non-compete and non-solicit agreements, and severance agreements.

Ms. Lakhani is a pragmatic counselor who provides sound advice and guidance to business clients in order to help them avoid litigation, ensure compliance, and build a better work environment. She regularly counsels her clients on personnel matters, hiring and firing of employees, ADA and FMLA leave matters, and drafting employment agreements and handbooks.

Ms. Lakhani understands the practical business impact of her advice. She also advises her clients on numerous general business matters, including commercial leases, set-up and incorporation, contract negotiations, and other commercial matters.

Ms. Lakhani is widely recognized as an industry expert. She has given numerous interviews and statements to media outlets, such as National Public Radio (NPR), Fox News Chicago, Crains Chicago Business, and Mother Jones.

Dedicated to Service

Throughout her career, Ms. Lakhani has dedicated much of her free time to public service. In recognition of her work on a labor trafficking case, Ms. Lakhani was nominated by Magistrate Judge Cummings for the Northern District of Illinois Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award, which she received in 2023. 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.


  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
    • Symposium Editor, Journal of Women, Gender and the Law
    • Top 10 Best Brief, Philip C. Jessup Regional Moot Court Competition
    • Recipient, DePaul Law Merit Scholarship
    • Recipient, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association Scholarship
  • B.A. Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Professional and Bar Association Memberships

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


  • Recipient of the Northern District of Illinois Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award, 2023.

Speaking Associations, Media Appearances, and Publications


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