Leigh Lasky is a member of Phillips ADR’s distinguished panel of neutrals. Mr. Lasky’s background in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the class action and complex litigation field brings a unique and balanced perspective to mediation.
Mr. Lasky began his practice on the plaintiffs’ side over thirty years ago, and quickly realized the value of Alternative Dispute Resolution for his clients. This emphasis on mediation and dispute resolution caught the attention of individuals in the corporate world who began retaining his services as settlement counsel. This has been Mr. Lasky’s focus for the past fifteen years.
As settlement counsel, Mr. Lasky has resolved dozens of cases with billions of dollars at issue on behalf of private equity, public companies, and private companies. Mr. Lasky has settled cases pending in state and federal courts throughout the country, mostly in the securities and commercial litigation arena. For example, a former Fortune 500 company retained him as settlement counsel to dispose of two extremely protracted and contentious cases, one on the plaintiff side and one as the defendant. Mr. Lasky, in collaboration with litigation counsel, settled the plaintiff case for $295 million and creatively settled the defendant action for a unique combination of cash, offsets and non-monetary benefits at a time when cash constraints otherwise limited settlement options.
Mr. Lasky is currently acting as settlement counsel and consultant for select corporate clients through his private practice, Lasky LLC. In this capacity, he acts both as an advocate for his clients and as an intermediary with opposing counsel. Mr. Lasky’s history on both sides of the bar gives him unparalleled credibility and trust with opposing counsel, allowing him to amicably resolve litigation that would otherwise have been endless.
Mr. Lasky graduated from the University of Illinois and received his JD from the John Marshall Law School. He is admitted to practice in both Illinois and New York. Mr. Lasky is an approved mediator for the Cook County, Illinois Chancery and Law Division Courts, and has completed the Northwestern University Mediation Certificate Program. He has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers in Chicago featuring the outstanding lawyers in the Chicago area.
Mr. Lasky resides in both Chicago and Miami with his wife Karen and their dog Ricky. They have two grown children, Matt and Jamie. Matt is also an attorney, married to a doctor, and Jamie is a Senior Marketing Analyst, all residing in Chicago.