LAKEISHA R. ANDRESS is an associate in the Employment and Labor practice in Chicago. Lakeisha has successfully represented clients in cases involving a wide range of federal and state employment-related matters, including employment discrimination, wage and hour claims, restrictive covenant disputes, and class actions. She has drafted a variety of litigation-related documents, including pleadings, dispositive motions, mediation statements, and discovery requests and responses. She also has handled employment matters before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including conducting witness interviews and drafting position statements.
Lakeisha commonly counsels clients with respect to employment law compliance. She has drafted employment policies, severance agreements and restrictive covenants agreements. She has experience navigating issues surrounding reductions in force, plant closures, terminations and other personnel decisions. She also has assisted in corporate due diligence projects in connection with business acquisitions, including advising on purchase agreements and disclosure schedules.
Lakeisha maintains an active pro bono practice. She has successfully represented an individual in a federal disability discrimination lawsuit against his employer, and defended a pro bono client against a federal wage and hour class action. Prior to joining Sidley, Lakeisha worked as a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Graduate Fellow at the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice.
Lakeisha received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as a student attorney for the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project and as a judicial intern at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Lakeisha graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri, with a Bachelor in Journalism and minor in Sociology.