Lydia is a shareholder at Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C., a women-owned law firm.

She represents businesses and government entities in investigating and defending employment claims, protecting creditors’ rights, and investigating and litigating contract disputes and business torts, including those involving fraud and professional liability. Lydia works closely with her clients to create a cost-effective approach to each matter and is known for her open communication and responsiveness to client needs.

Lydia trained as a mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution and spent five years as a social worker prior to law school. She is a member of the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar and was named an Illinois “Super Lawyer” in the area of General Litigation from 2015 – present.

In addition, she is a Board Member of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) and serves on the Advocacy Council of Women Employed.

She received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law.