Mayer Brown announced today that Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Lori Lightfoot has been appointed as the next chair of the Chicago Police Board by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Chicago Police Board is the civilian body that gives residents a voice in the police disciplinary process.

Ms. Lightfoot has served the city of Chicago in numerous key governmental roles, which included serving as the Chief Administrator at the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) from 2002 to 2004. While at the OPS, Ms. Lightfoot investigated allegations of excessive force and misconduct including police involved shootings. (In 2007, OPS was separated from the CPD and became the Independent Police Review Authority.) She also served as General Counsel and Chief of Staff at the Chicago Office of Emergency Management.

Ms. Lightfoot also served more than six years as an Assistant US Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Northern District of Illinois, during which she tried numerous jury trials and argued cases in federal appellate court.

Ms. Lightfoot is a member of Mayer Brown’s White Collar Defense & Compliance practice and a co-leader of the firm’s Commercial Litigation group. She regularly advises clients on a range of complex criminal law issues stemming from federal, state or local grand jury investigations or investigations by federal, state or local inspectors general. These client engagements have included internal investigations, preparation of and defending witnesses in interviews with the investigative bodies, compliance with document subpoenas and litigation. She also has extensive experience in every facet of complex commercial litigation. Ms. Lightfoot serves as co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion. She also is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.