Alenna K. Bolin


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Alenna Bolin has served as Of Counsel to Potter Bolaños LLC since 2010. She has more than 25 years of experience in employment law and litigation.

Throughout her legal career, Alenna has concentrated on representing and counseling employees in both the private and public sectors. She is well-versed in a variety of employment issues, including FMLA, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and retaliatory discharge, workplace civil rights, and related employment matters, and has experience in all stages of litigation proceedings and appeals. Her creative litigation strategies and advanced writing abilities combine to make her a skilled advocate for her clients. She treats clients with respect and compassion while guiding them through the legal process.

Alenna previously practiced in the areas of civil rights, contracts, securities, commodities, and fraud, in addition to employment law. She was part of the two-lawyer trial team that won a $500,000 jury verdict on workplace intentional infliction of emotional distress, a verdict that was later upheld on appeal in Naeem v. McKesson Drug Co., 444 F.3d 593 (7th Cir. 2006). She was extensively involved in researching and drafting the winning briefs in Walters v. Metropolitan Educational Enterprises, Inc., 519 S.Ct. 202 (1997), in which the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision favorable to employees.

Alenna is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and has spoken on panels about discovery issues. She has written several articles for NELA/Illinois’s publication, the Illinois Advocate, and previously served as its Editor.

Alenna received her B.A., cum laude, from Northern Illinois University. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. During law school, she authored an article that won awards for excellence in writing and was published in the Pace Environmental Law Review. Along with her J.D., she received a Public Interest Law Program Certificate.

When not practicing law, Alenna teaches Pilates and enjoys serving as a host family for foreign exchange students.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • California (currently inactive)
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar)