Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair



Sylvia St. Clair is a litigator and counselor with experience in employment issues. As a litigator, she defends claims for harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and enforces employment and non-compete agreements. She is a seasoned trial attorney and has defended and prosecuted temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunction hearings, and is experienced in all stages of litigation. Sylvia’s broad litigation experience includes defending clients in premises, commercial, product liability, personal injury, toxic tort and other exposure claims, real estate, and transportation matters.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Sylvia spent a decade-long career servicing clients in the hospitality industry. Drawing upon her hands-on management and operational experience, Sylvia counsels clients on evaluating and minimizing risk of claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Sylvia has developed effective handbook policies and best practices for workforce performance management. She drafts, interprets and negotiates employment agreements, including transition and separation agreements, employee retention agreements, and confidentiality and non-competition agreements.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York




Chicago-Kent College of Law
J.D. cum laude, Chicago-Kent Law Review (executive articles editor) (2013)

DePaul University
B.A. in Legal Studies (2010)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Illinois Updates Privacy Law to Address Social Media
    Co-author, SHRM, November 2016
  • Wage & Hour Issues — Compliance in 2016 and Beyond
    Labor & Employment and Benefits Seminar, Chicago, June 2016
  • Legal Issues When Using Social Media to Grow Your Business
    Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, March 2016
  • Lessons Learned in Human Resources From Pop Culture’s 2015 Memorable Moments
    Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, February 2016
  • Don’t Get Caught Spoiling: What Every Litigant Needs to Know If You Think You Might Be Sued
    Contributor, The Logistics Journal, Transportation Intermediaries Association, January 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Settlement Assistance Program — Successfully negotiated settlements involving discrimination on the basis of genetic information and § 1983 claims
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Illinois Coalition for Fair Sentencing of Children — Successfully obtained a new resentencing hearing for an individual serving a mandatory life-without parole sentence pursuant to the Illinois Supreme Court’s holding in People v. Addolfo Davis that the prohibition of mandatory life sentences for homicide offenses committed by juveniles would apply retroactively
  • National Immigrant Justice Center, Deferred Action Clinics — Assisted an immigrant youth who arrived to the United States during her childhood in completing and filing an application for deferral and work permit

Professional Associations

  • Women’s Bar Foundation — Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois — Member, 2013-present


  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers —  Emerging Lawyer, 2017-18
  • The Chicago Committee, Rate My Pitch — Outstanding Individual Pitch, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016
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