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Cecilia’s multi-disciplinary practice at the Firm involves advising clients on issues across various areas of the law, including employment, corporate, defamation and First Amendment, securities and commodities, and commercial litigation.
Cecilia regularly advises both employers and employees on wage-and-hour issues, negotiations of employment and separation agreements, and discrimination and retaliation claims. She also advises employers on preparing employee handbooks and developing personnel policies to reflect changes in federal and state employment laws, such as the legal implications of the use of social media by employees.
Cecilia has experience speaking and writing about labor and employment issues, including conducting employment law-related seminars for HR personnel and employee training workshops. She is also active in FVLD’s litigation practice, representing clients in both federal and state courts and drafting dispositive motions.
A graduate of FVLD’s Summer Associate Program, Cecilia joined the Firm as an associate after graduating cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2013. While in law school, Cecilia served as the Managing Editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Review. As the highest scoring student, she received CALI Awards in: Employment Discrimination; Harassment in Employment Law; Contracts; Professional Responsibility: Business Ethics, and International Law. She also completed judicial externships with the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois and with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As a judicial extern, she helped draft decisions regarding employment matters, including trade secrets disputes and claims of harassment and discrimination on the bases of gender, age, disability, and race.
Cecilia received her B.A. in English and French from Emory University. She grew up in Illinois and enjoys traveling, badminton, and Korean food. She is involved with the Chicago Bar Association, the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago, and KAN-WIN, a Chicago-based non-profit organization for survivors of domestic violence.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois