Laura Howkins

Laura has focused her practice on labor and employment law and the defense of workers’ compensation cases and employment law for more than fifteen years.  She has handled cases throughout the state of Illinois in trial and appellate courts as well as before the Workers’ Compensation Commission. Laura has presented oral arguments before the Appellate Court on many occasions.

Since 2015 she has been named each year to the list of Leading Lawyers in the area of Workers' Compensation Defense Law. This designation is earned by only five percent of attorneys in the state of Illinois and draws on peer recommendations as well as approval by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board, which is comprised of highly esteemed attorneys from across the state.


  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, JD, 1991
  • Loyola University of Chicago, BA, 1987


  • Illinois
  • United States District Court: Northern District of Illinois