Our Team of Attorneys – LaPointe Law

Attorney Biographies and Direct Access

Here is a quick access contact tool for our full team of attorneys. In addition to names, direct line phone numbers and email address, you can read individual attorney biographies.

Marty LaPointe, Founding Partner

(847) 786-2501

mlapointe-240x300Mr. LaPointe concentrates his practice in labor and employment law, defending employers in discrimination lawsuits and other employment-related contract and tort actions. Mr. LaPointe also represents private and public organizations in a variety of commercial litigation matters including constitutional challenges, personal injury defense and breach of contract cases. Mr. LaPointe has distinguished himself as a trial attorney, successfully defending companies in employment lawsuits and arguing numerous appeals. For many years, Mr. LaPointe represented a Fortune 100 corporation throughout the United States, contributing to the efficient and successful resolution of an array of employment actions. He represents large national corporate clients, as well as Chicago-area businesses of all sizes.

Because of Mr. LaPointe’s extensive employment litigation experience, he and his colleagues are able to provide sound advice to managers with employment-related questions. An integral part of the firm’s practice involves the nationwide defense of EEOC and state agency charges under several nationwide Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) programs. As part of a comprehensive EPLI risk management program, the firm responds to employment-related questions through an 800 Helpline.

Formerly a law clerk for the Honorable Charles R. Norgle, Sr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. LaPointe has spoken and written on a wide range of employment issues. He was a member of the Editorial Board and a Contributor/Writer of the Journal of Employment Discrimination Law (CCH, Inc.) and published several articles in the Journal. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Labor Law Journal (CCH, Inc.) and the Defense Research Institute Employment Law Steering Committee.

Mr. LaPointe received his B.A. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, summa cum laude, and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Order of the Coif and with high honors, in 1987.

Susan M. Troester, Partner

(847) 786-2503

stroester-240x300Ms. Troester focuses her practice exclusively on defending and counseling the firm’s small business, not-for-profit and public organization clients on a full range of employee related issues. Much of her practice is devoted to proactive counseling with the aim of helping the employer achieve their business goals and organizational mission, while at the same time creating the optimal work environment for employees. Ms. Troester assists employers nationwide in responding to age, race, national origin, gender and disability discrimination claims and defends Illinois employers in claims in state and federal court, as well as the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

Some of Ms. Troester’s recent successful litigation matters include serving as second-chair trial counsel defending a national corporation in a Title VII gender discrimination trial in the Northern District of Illinois. She also successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of one of the nation’s largest hospice organizations in two separate state court discrimination cases.

In addition, Ms. Troester worked for ten years in managing not-for-profit organizations and raising funds to support legal services and law student scholarships. As Director of Operations and Director of Development for Life Span, an agency serving domestic violence victims throughout Cook County, Ms. Troester oversaw the provision of legal services to 4,500 victims annually. She assisted the Executive Director and Board of Directors in raising $3 million each year to support a staff of thirty lawyers, paralegals and social workers. She also ensured compliance with the agency’s private and government funder requirements, and oversaw all aspects of fiscal planning, human resources and board development.

Ms. Troester received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, summa cum laude, and her J.D. degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, with high honors, in 1996. She was awarded the Order of the Coif, served as a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, and chaired a foundation that funded public interest law organizations. Ms. Troester is a member of the Chicago Bar Association.

Brian J. Sharpe, Partner

(847) 786-2505

bsharpe-240x300Brian Sharpe received a B.A. with Distinction from Purdue University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago, School of Law. While attending law school, Mr. Sharpe served as a teaching assistant in the legal writing department for two years. As a student-attorney under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711, Mr. Sharpe worked at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he participated in several bench trials. Prior to and during law school, Mr. Sharpe worked in video production, creating and editing content for several cable networks, including HGTV, DIY Network and Fine Living.

Mr. Sharpe focuses his practice exclusively on defending and counseling management on a full array of employment-related issues. Mr. Sharpe assists employers nationwide in responding to age, race, national origin, gender and disability discrimination claims, and he defends Illinois employers in state and federal court, as well as in the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

Ines Monte, Senior Counsel

(847) 786-2508

Ines Monte graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Purdue University. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1996, and served on the U of C Law Review. Ines was a Senior Trial Attorney for the EEOC. She also was in-house counsel and had her own law firm for 12 years practicing employment law for employees and employers. She served as Special Counsel with Littler Mendelson for several years before joining LaPointe Law. Ines has over 22 years of experience as a practicing attorney, focusing on employment law litigation and counseling. She speaks fluent Spanish.

Victoria L. Gray, Senior Counsel

(224) 326-2103

Ms. Gray focuses her practice on counseling employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including state and federal court litigation, grievance arbitrations, labor board proceedings, and proceedings before various administrative agencies. She advises and represents clients regarding employment discrimination, harassment, and in matters related to:

•  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
•  The Americans with Disabilities Act
•  The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
•  The Family and Medical Leave Act
•  The Illinois Human Rights Act

Ms. Gray has experience in conducting confidential internal investigations involving allegations of employee misconduct and providing employers with recommendations including appropriate personnel decisions to ensure compliance with labor agreements and with federal and state law. She formerly served as an assistant state’s attorney, where she obtained first chair bench and jury trial experience in both civil and criminal matters. Ms. Gray also served as chief in house labor and employment counsel for a mass transit agency and has practiced employment and labor law in the Chicago area for over 14 years. Ms. Gray served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Gray received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, and her J.D. degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, with high honors, in 2007. She was awarded the Order of the Coif and served as a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Ms. Gray is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Florida and serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Business Law Clinic for DePaul University College of Law.

Kiran Gill, Associate

(847) 786-2504

Kiran Gill graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law. While in law school, Ms. Gill served as an Articles Editor for The Elder Law Journal and President of the Women’s Law Society, and was the recipient of the Women’s Bar Foundation of Illinois Scholarship and the Celia M. Howard Fellowship. Also, while in law school, Ms. Gill worked as a student attorney for King County (Seattle, WA) Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where she participated in jury and bench trials.

Ms. Gill focuses her practice on defending and counseling management on a wide array of employment-related matters, including responding to state/federal charges of harassment and discrimination, wage and hour actions, and OSHA claims.  She is also experienced in general civil litigation and immigration law. She speaks fluent Punjabi and Hindi.