Polsinelli welcomes Nura Yanaki to the Chicago office as an associate in the Litigation Department where she will concentrate her practice in the defense of companies involved in complex toxic and mass tort litigation. Yanaki joins a national team of toxic and mass tort attorneys who practice in Chicago, Kansas City, Phoenix and St. Louis.
“We are pleased to have Nura join our growing Chicago office,” said Chicago Managing Director Anthony J. Nasharr. “Nura was an outstanding law student and excelled in her undergraduate work in California. Her work since leaving law school has also prepared her for the broad-based litigation she will help handle for clients at the firm.”
Yanaki most recently worked with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, with a team of trial attorneys on class action cases involving Title VII and ADA violations. While in law school Yanaki externed with various federal agencies including; the U.S. Department of Justice – Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the U.S. Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration, as well as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also served as an Illinois 711 certified senior law student where she represented a child as a guardian ad litem in Cook County Probate Court.
Yanaki earned her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2011. Her undergraduate degrees are from the University of California – Santa Barbara in Global Studies and Middle East Studies. While at Loyola, she received the CALI Award for Highest Grade and Excellent Achievement in Legal Research and Writing and Federal Civil Procedure. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar, American Bar Association and the Arab American Bar Association.
“I’m very excited to be joining Polsinelli and its long tradition of litigation defense,” said Yanaki. “I look forward to learning from and collaborating with the firm’s respected toxic and mass tort attorneys who represent national and regional clients.”
The Chicago office of Polsinelli started in 2006 and has now grown to more than 60 attorneys. Polsinelli has been ranked as the third fastest growing law firm in the country and the firm’s health care practice is ranked as the sixth largest. The firm’s corporate capabilities stretch from coast to coast and serve clients in a variety of industries including health care, financial services, life sciences, health care and real estate.