Laurel Bellows served as president of the American Bar Association from August 2012 to August 2013 and has also served as chair of the ABA's policy making House of Delegates. She currently serves on the InterAmerican Bar Association and the Global Citizenship Commission established by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Ms. Bellows currently practices business law in Chicago where she is the founding principal of the Bellows Law Group. She counsels senior executives and corporations on employment matters, employment and severance agreements, executive compensation, and workplace disputes.
Ms. Bellows is an advocate for combating human trafficking, sex slavery, and forced child labor. She created a task force on human trafficking and asked the Uniform Law Commission, a not-for-profit association made up of lawyers and judges, to write model legislation for states to ensure that human traffickers are held accountable for their crimes and to provide better services for victims. She has also worked with the ABA to draft business conduct standards for corporations to help them avoid unintentionally using forced labor in their overseas operations.
Ms. Bellows is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola University School of Law in Chicago.