Layla Dotson Lumpkin



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Layla Dotson Lumpkin is the right mix of intelligent, confident, and outgoing. She is a passionate competitor and a high performing team player with a winning attitude. Her focus, interest in and understanding of her clients’ businesses, and drive to respond creatively enable her to deliver successful outcomes for her clients.

Layla concentrates her practice in business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, venture capital and private equity fund formation, commercial contract drafting, and serving as outside general counsel. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and began representing them during law school as a student clinician in the Bluhm Legal Clinic Entrepreneurship Law Center. In serving her clients, whether early stage companies or multinational corporations, she is also able to draw on her experience before law school working in Finance and Accounting at a Fortune 50 company.

Committed to volunteering and improving the well-being of the underserved in her community, Layla is past Associate Board Chair of a non-profit that provides resources to social entrepreneurs. She has lectured to students and minority and women entrepreneurs about legal issues when forming a business.

Layla’s enjoyment of what she does, planning ability, and creativity carries over into her family life. She takes great pleasure in cooking, entertaining, and event planning, including an annual family and friends barbeque (known as “BBQPalooza”), sports, and crafting.

  • Education

    • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2011

      • Northwestern Bluhm Legal Clinic, Entrepreneurship Law Center
      • Articles Editor, Journal of Law and Social Policy
      • Pritzker Faculty Research Fellow
      Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, B.S. Business Administration, 2006, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
  • Professional Memberships

      • Chicago Bar Association