Lally A. Gartel



Lally Gartel concentrates her practice in commercial litigation and has represented institutional and individual clients in a wide range of complex disputes -- including class actions -- involving issues such as breach of contract, fraud, trade secret misappropriation, toxic tort, product liability, bankruptcy, and consumer fraud.

Before joining Novack and Macey, Lally was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  She attended Duke University School of Law, where she was a contracts teaching assistant and worked for the Health Justice Clinic. Before law school, Lally spent two years working at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, a public policy research institution, while attending the University of Illinois.

Lally is a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Council for Health Justice, which aims to promote health equity among populations facing chronic, disabling, and stigmatized health and social conditions. Born in Russia and a fluent speaker of Russian, Lally currently lives in Chicago. 


  • University of Illinois (B.A. 2009), Magna Cum Laude,  Highest Distinction in Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Duke University (M.A. 2012), Philosophy
  • Duke University School of Law (J.D. 2012); Managing Editor, Law and Contemporary Problems; Staff Writer, Duke Law and Technology Review; Member, Moot Court Board


Speeches & Publications

Author, "Financial Hardships Can Nullify Employee's Obligation to Arbitrate Statutory Claims," ABA, Section of Litigation-Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Points, February 13,  2018.