President of the American Bar Association 2012-2013
Managing Principal, 2009 to present.
The Bellows Law Group, P.C. is an internationally recognized firm that provides transactional, counseling, and litigation services to entrepreneurs, small and medium sized businesses, and large corporations. Located in the historic Rookery Building, the Bellows Law Group is known for its expert knowledge of how to develop strategic, pragmatic answers for individuals and business enterprises worldwide. The firm prides itself in delivering services with recognized quality and long-standing credibility.
The Bellows Law Group was founded by Laurel G. Bellows, past president of the American Bar Association (nearly 400,000 members). With more than 30 years of experience, Ms. Bellows is a preeminent business lawyer recently named as America’s Top 100 attorneys. She counsels senior executives and corporations in connection with executive compensation issues, employment contracts, severance agreements and employee benefits matters. Her firm represents businesses of all sizes in commercial litigation, business organization and strategy, and employment disputes.
EMPLOYMENT LAW / EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION:
Employment counseling is a unique area of experience at The Bellows Law Group, P.C. Corporate clients benefit from practical counseling regarding attraction, retention, separation, and retirement of senior executives given the increasingly regulated environment. Individual executives benefit from sound guidance and valuable strategies to preserve earnings, benefits, and bonuses as they embark on new employment ventures or transition outside their organization. We diligently guard our clients’ professional reputations as they reposition themselves in the marketplace. We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable counselors who can diffuse sensitive situations with the utmost confidentiality. Because crises arise unpredictably, our attorneys are accessible, every day and outside business hours. When you find out your company is reorganizing, your position has been eliminated, or you encounter any other circumstance that threaten your continued career prospects, you need a difference maker. Our law firm can help you navigate delicate issues and fully understand your options.
Laurel G. Bellows, heads the team of attorneys in eradicating the uncertainty and guesswork for corporate and individual clients facing ever changing workplace and business opportunities.
Ms. Bellows is highly regarded for her many contributions to Chicago and the international community. She is admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States and is a mediator, certified through the Institute for Conflict Management. Laurel became a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 1974. Ms. Bellows is licensed to practice in California, Florida, and Illinois
INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN INSTITUTE
The International Supply Chain Initiative provides guidance to multinational corporations with regard to anti-human trafficking and supply chain management. Driven by the demand for cheap goods, services and labor, companies have often looked-for ways to increase production and decrease employment costs. This has led to problematic supply chain management practices, with multinational organizations turning to less desirable offshore labor forces that engage in such practices.
While president of the American Bar Association, Ms. Bellows notably used her platform to raise awareness about and combat the global practice of modern day slavery. Bellows Law Group currently focuses on the unique ability of business enterprises to impact the market by eliminating goods produced by forced labor from supply chains. Ms. Bellows offers business counseling services within her practice to advise corporations on how to avoid the stigma of slavery and appeal to a consumer market that values corporate responsibility. In April 2016, Laurel gave a Ted talk about specific ways for business to eradicate modern day slavery and comply with increasing regulations in the United States and internationally.
Green and Spiegel, LLC, is pleased to announce the creation of the International Supply Chain Initiative. In partnership with Laurel Bellows, founding principal of The Bellows Law Group, P.C., the International Supply Chain Initiative provides guidance to multinational corporations with regard to anti-human trafficking and supply chain management.
It is well known that human rights issues within supply chains have increasingly drawn the ire of legislators and members of the public alike, with disastrous incidents (such as the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh) as well as increasing press coverage of related practices, serving to highlight ongoing problems within virtually all areas of the global marketplace. Driven by the demand for cheap goods, services and labor, companies have often looked-for ways to increase production and decrease employment costs. This has led to problematic supply chain management practices, with multinational organizations turning to less desirable offshore labor forces that engage in such practices.