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Benesch Chicago Labor & Employment Attorneys Appointed to Leadership Roles in Prominent Women Lawyers’ Association

June 18, 2018

Benesch is pleased to announce that Emily Fess, an associate in Benesch’s Chicago Labor & Employment Practice Group, has been named Co-Chair of Community Outreach and Jessica Winski, a partner in Benesch’s Chicago Employee Benefits Practice Group, has been named Co-Chair of Programming for the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, Chicago.

The Coalition is a nonprofit membership association that brings together law firms, government, and companies of all sizes. Founded in Chicago in 2008, the Coalition has extended its reach and grown to include a second chapter in New York. Currently, more than 120 law firms and companies are members of the Coalition. Their goal is to foster career advancement and professional development, promote dialogue and a support-network among members, and to help address the many issues facing women lawyers and women’s initiatives today.

The Coalition offers over 20 programs a year including CLE events for attorneys and educational programs for law students. Their annual leadership forum is one of the largest women lawyer events in Chicago every year.

Learn more about the Coalition and its programs by visiting their website: https://thewomenscoalition.com/.


The Chicago office of Benesch is home to a leading full-service Labor & Employment Practice Group, capable of handling the complete range of employment law matters.

Emily Fess is an associate in the Chicago Labor & Employment Practice Group and represents employers on a broad range of employment law matters, including medical leave and accommodation requests, discipline and discharge, harassment and workplace investigations and wage and hour issues.

Jessica Winski is a partner in the Chicago Executive Compensation & Benefits Practice Group and counsels employers on all aspects of employee benefits law, focusing on the design, administration and legal compliance of retirement plans and health and welfare benefit plans.

Benesch is committed to building and maintaining a diverse workplace, knowing that it helps us bring a broader perspective to our clients and smart, innovative solutions to their legal needs. The firm’s Women’s Initiative is one way we try to fulfill that commitment. The Women’s Initiative serves to better understand, serve and promote the firm’s professional women. Members of the Women’s Initiative and specific, goal focused subcommittees work closely with the firm’s executive committee and practice group chairs on strategies aimed at achieving three overarching goals.

Emily and Jessica are both very active in the Women’s Initiative, and their new leadership roles within the Coalition serves to further its mission.