The American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) today named associate Natalie Chan (Chicago) as an “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer.” This prestigious honor recognizes young ABA members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service.
“Natalie was a natural candidate for this award,” Chief Diversity Officer Sally Olson said. “She is a fine younger lawyer who also pursues institutional and community service with fervor.”
Natalie is an associate in the Employment and Labor group where she has successfully litigated on behalf of clients in class and collective actions, as well as single- and multi-plaintiff cases, involving a broad array of employment and labor matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, contract disputes and restrictive covenant issues. Natalie also regularly counsels employers on various workplace issues and advises on employment- and labor-related issues arising in corporate transactions. In addition, she maintains a strong pro bono practice and received Sidley’s coveted Thomas H. Morsch Award for outstanding pro bono work in 2016. Active in the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, Natalie is co-chair of both the Associate Diversity Council in Chicago and the Women’s Culture Mentoring Circle. In this capacity, she has led efforts to develop social, mentoring and networking opportunities for women and diverse lawyers.
Natalie is a recognized leader in two area bar associations. She is currently the Treasurer of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (AABA) and serves as co-chair of its Business Development Subcommittee. Natalie is also an active member of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) where she sits on the Executive Council of the CBA’s Young Lawyers Section.