Practices & Industries


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


Marquette University (B.A., cum laude, 1999)

University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2003)


Nora Flaherty is a partner in the Firm's Litigation and Religious Organizations practice groups, focusing on business and not-for-profit litigation.  Ms. Flaherty has represented clients in a wide variety of disputes, practicing before state and federal trial and appellate courts, private arbitrators, and administrative agencies.  On behalf of her clients, Ms. Flaherty has been involved in disputes relating to commercial lending, franchise rights, business asset sales, shareholder disputes, commercial real estate, consumer claims, class actions, non-competes, business torts, and claims against religious not-for-profit organizations.

Ms. Flaherty's primary consideration is always to serve client's best interests by tailoring litigation and risk management strategy for every matter.    This sometimes requires bringing in lawyers from other practice areas in the firm, or working with outside lawyers, public relations firms, accountants, and other professionals.   In addition to litigation, Ms. Flaherty counsels clients in risk management, insurance, and other issues and has extensive experience conducting mediation and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, especially in highly sensitive and confidential matters. 

Ms. Flaherty has also been active in doing pro bono work for various clients in administrative hearings, and in state and federal court.  In 2014, she received an award from the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for her legal work in support of homeless students.

Ms. Flaherty received her B.A., with honors, from Marquette University in 1999 and was awarded her J.D., cum laude, from the University Of Illinois College Of Law in 2003. She was a summer associate at the Firm in 2002.


  • Serve as outside general counsel for not-for-profit religious organizations with operations in Illinois and several other states, and advise on litigation and alternative dispute resolution, risk management, ethical codes of conduct, employee issues, conducting internal investigations, insurance issues, public relations, and coordination with law enforcement and mental health facilities
  • Represented over 30 automobile dealerships in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan in arbitrations against General Motors and Chrysler to have franchises reinstated that were terminated through bankruptcy proceedings, including negotiation of settlements and conducting three-day evidentiary hearings
  • Conducted multi-day mediation of seven suits and successfully negotiated settlement of claims in cases pending in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California.  Negotiated and drafted settlement documents and conducted settlement closing.  Involvement with post-settlement disputes
  • Defended financial institutions in various types of litigation including commercial and consumer lending disputes, building code violations, and garnishment actions.  Obtained dismissals of claims and successfully defended appeals   
  • Represented automobile dealerships in litigation involving franchise actions against manufacturers, real estate litigation, lending disputes, disputes arising out of asset-purchase agreements, replevin actions, and consumer claims
  • Successfully defended former employees and newly formed company in suit by former employer for alleged breach of non-solicitation, non-compete, and unfair trade practices  in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois including winning denial of preliminary injunction after evidentiary hearing
  • Authored Brief Amici Curaie to California Supreme Court on behalf of not-for-profit religious organizations relating to application of statute of limitations (Quarry v. Doe, 53 Cal.4th 945, 272 P.3d 977 (2012))


American Bar Association, member

The Chicago Bar Association, member

Illinois State Bar Association, member



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