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Naureen Amjad

T 312 261 2273
F 312 261 1273
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee


University of Illinois College of Law, 2008, J.D., cum laude

University of Illinois, 2005, B.A.


Naureen Amjad is the leader of Pedersen & Houpt's Employment Law Practice Group and is also a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. She focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation matters, as well as labor and employment litigation and counseling.

With experience from discovery through trial, Naureen can handle all aspects of litigation. She has taken and defended depositions, prepared witnesses for trial and successfully argued dispositive motions.

Naureen has defended employers before federal and state courts against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She has successfully handled employment cases involving Title VII, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, and ADEA claims. She regularly defends employers against charges filed with the IDHR and EEOC and is experienced with mediations before such administrative agencies. In addition, Naureen regularly counsels clients on various employment matters, including handbooks, electronic data policies, retention policies, social media policies, severance agreements, non-competition agreements and non-solicitation agreements. Naureen also works proactively with clients through counseling and training to identify preventative solutions to litigation.

Naureen also practices in the area of trademark law. She has experience registering various types of trademarks both domestically and internationally. She also defends and opposes federal trademark registrations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

Prior to practicing law, Naureen served as an extern to Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and Judge Holly F. Clemons of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Representative Experience

  • Outside general counsel to a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of hair care products for professional and personal use

  • Successfully represented a Fortune 500 insurance company as second-chair in high-stakes employment arbitration before the American Arbitration Association.

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a Fortune 500 insurance company against claims of race, age and disability discrimination as well as claims of retaliation and failure to accommodate brought by a long-term former employee

  • Successfully represented a national restaurant-chain against wage and hour violations of overtime pay and record keeping brought by the United States Department of Labor

  • Successfully obtained dismissal of an Illinois Consumer Fraud Act claim in a multi-party lawsuit before the Circuit Court of Cook County

  • Successfully obtained registration of numerous trademarks before the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office

  • Facilitated timely settlement on behalf of a private Chicago university in a matter before the Illinois Human Rights Commission

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Professional Affililations

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Community/Civic Activities


Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney, 2010-2013

Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services, Associate Board Member, 2010-2012

Center for Disability and Elder Law, Associate Board Member, 2010-2012