EducationMs. Barcenas earned her Juris Doctor and Certificate in Advocacy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2018, where she was the Student Director for the Loyola Life After Innocence legal clinic. She graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy.
AdmissionsMs. Barcenas was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2018.
Ms. Barcenas was admitted to the Northern District of Illinois in December, 2018.
Lipe Lyons Announces 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising StarsFebruary 2, 2022
The firm is pleased to announce that five of our Shareholders Jeffrey Lipe, Raymond Lyons, Edward Murphy, James Whalen, and Jordan Tank, and four of our associates Alejandra Barcenas, Ryan Eckert, Riley Gallagher, and Elise Ruff, were recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for the 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers List published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication from Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Chicago magazine. We invite you to learn more about our attorneys by visiting their Attorney Bios.
Lipe Lyons is delighted to announce that Associate, Alejandra Barcenas was recently appointed to the Latina Commission of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) for the 2021-2022 HNBA Association yearDecember 27, 2021
The Latina Commission serves the community and the legal profession by identifying and studying barriers to the professional development and advancement of Latina lawyers. The Commission develops programs and strategies for Latina lawyers and students to overcome barriers to entry and advancement into the profession. The Commission seeks to inform and shape the policies and priorities that affect women lawyers and the legal culture in which they practice, creating forums for the exchange and expression of the views of Latina lawyers, and serving as a voice to advocate for these views.
Alejandra was selected for the position based on her outstanding achievements and dedication to the HNBA.
Congratulations to Alejandra BarcenasDecember 8, 2021
Jordan Tank and Alejandra Barcenas Obtained Dismissal with Prejudice for Their Client in a Construction Defect Case Alleging Millions in DamagesNovember 2, 2021
Shareholder Jordan Tank and Associate Alejandra Barcenas secured a dismissal with prejudice for their client, which was facing an express contractual indemnity claim in a construction defect case alleging $2.8 million in damages to a 66-unit residential condominium and retail development in Forest Park, Illinois.
Lipe Lyons’ client was alleged to be primarily responsible for causing the plaintiff’s damages. However, the firm’s investigation into the claim revealed serious legal and factual issues. When the rest of the parties went to mediation, Lipe Lyons’ client took a no pay position. The rest of the parties reached a global settlement and dismissed all claims with prejudice, including the express contractual indemnity claim pending against the firm’s client.
Plaintiff’s Firm vs Former Attorney Employee - Lipe Lyons negotiates favorable settlement for plaintiff firm against former attorney employeeOctober 12, 201
Shareholders Thomas Pontikis and Jordan Tank and Associate Alejandra Barcenas successfully represented a plaintiff’s firm in a lawsuit against an attorney who left the firm and solicited dozens of clients in violation of the Illinois ARDC’s rules on advertising and solicitation. Lipe Lyons prosecuted breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference claims and sought an injunction and monetary damages.
The trial judge granted summary judgment on the tortious interference claim based on correspondence sent by the defendant to the plaintiff firm’s clients. The parties then mediated the case and reached a global resolution by negotiating percentage allocations between the plaintiff firm and the defendant for each of the cases he improperly solicited.
Amanda Zink and Alejandra Barcenas Negotiate Favorable Settlement for Defendant ClientOctober 7, 2021
Lipe Lyons represented a Texas steel and metal manufacturer in a case involving serious injuries sustained by a plaintiff ironworker while he was working at a wind farm construction project in Illinois. Amanda Zink and Alejandra Barcenas represented the target Defendant during a private mediation and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for their client, preventing the need for further complex litigation. Based on the discovery exchanged in the case, it was anticipated that plaintiff would seek damages at trial in excess of $2.4 million. The case ultimately settled with Lipe Lyons’ client paying only $575,000.
Pipovic v. Retail Properties of America, Inc., et al.April 29, 2021
Thomas Pontikis and Alejandra Barcenas obtained summary judgments for commercial property owner and commercial landlord in a premises liability lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who claimed she incurred nearly $220,000 in special damages after she slipped and fell in a multi-level parking garage parking. The plaintiff alleged a construction defect allowed water to leak into the interior levels of the parking garage and freeze, resulting in plaintiff slipping and injuring herself. Prior to the filing of summary judgment motions, plaintiff issued a global settlement demand for $1,400,000 in addition to a full waiver of the worker’s compensation lien. The trial court granted summary judgment to both of Lipe Lyons’ clients in the case, dismissing with prejudice not only plaintiff’s causes of actions against the two entities but also all counterclaims filed against them by co-defendants. The trial court agreed that Lipe Lyons’ clients did not retain control over any activity on the premises and, thus, owed no duty of care to the plaintiff.
Lipe Lipe Lyons secures favorable settlement with Minnesota Attorney General on behalf of client that was targeted by the Minnesota State Patrol while supplying fuel to Minnesota’s power plantsMarch 26, 2021
Shareholder Jordan Tank and Associate Alejandra Barcenas sought declaratory and injunctive relief on behalf of their client, Midwest Integrated Companies, LLC, which collects and recycles railroad ties for use as environmentally-friendly fuel in power plants. Midwest transported the fuel over the road under a special oversize/overweight permit issued by Minnesota. When the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol unexpectedly decided that Midwest’s permit did not allow it to transport the fuel, their interpretation threatened both Midwest’s business and a critical source of fuel for Minnesota’s power plants. After Lipe Lyons filed suit and an accompanying memorandum explaining how the new interpretation was contrary to the statutory authority and legislative intent, Minnesota’s Attorney General quickly agreed to resolve the issue outside of court, and Midwest was able to resume supplying power plants with the fuel they need.
Associate Alejandra Barcenas serves as panelist for event hosted by the Latino Law Students Association at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, in conjunction with the Castillo Scholars Mentorship Program
February 22, 2021
On February 18, 2020, Ms. Barcenas was a featured panelist for a networking event hosted by the Latino Law Students Association (LLSA) at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, in conjunction with the Castillo Scholars Mentorship Program. The event offered attendees the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with the seven featured panelists from different fields, including Ms. Barcenas, regarding a variety of important topics such as the impact of COVID-19 on the practice of law and especially litigation and trials, working remotely, diversity in the legal profession, and each panelist’s experience working in their field and area of practice.
2021 Illinois Supers Lawyers ListFebruary 4, 2021
The firm is pleased to announce that name partners Jeffrey H. Lipe, Raymond Lyons, Jr. and Edward J. Murphy and partner James H. Whalen have been named to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers List published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication from Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Chicago magazine. These lawyers have been recognized per below:Jeffrey H. Lipe (civil litigation, construction litigation)
Raymond Lyons, Jr. (personal injury - products, general litigation, construction litigation)
Edward J. Murphy (personal injury - products, insurance coverage, class action/mass torts)
James H. Whalen (business litigation, construction litigation, personal injury – products)
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-stage process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. All candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, lawyers are invited to nominate the top attorneys they have personally observed in action. Researchers then evaluate candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Candidates are then grouped according to their primary practice areas and final selections are made by special review panels composed of leading lawyers in each state.
In addition, partner Jordan Tank, and associates Alejandra Barcenas, Sarah Bourdet, John Dark, Ryan Eckert and Elaina Valtierra have been named to the 2021 Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers, which is also published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Illinois are named to the Rising Stars list. These attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars in the following fields:
Jordan M. Tank (business litigation, personal Injury - general, professional liability, appellate, construction litigation)
Alejandra Barcenas (civil litigation, construction litigation, personal injury - general, business litigation)
Sarah Bourdet (construction litigation)
John Dark (civil litigation)
Ryan Eckert (civil litigation)
Elaina Valtierra (civil litigation, construction litigation, personal injury - medical malpractice, personal injury - products, professional liability)
Congratulations to Alejandra BarcenasDecember 14, 2020
Lipe Lyons is proud to celebrate associate, Alejandra Barcenas’ two year anniversary with the firm. Ms. Barcenas is a litigation associate at Lipe Lyons who focuses her practice on the defense of commercial, construction, premises liability, and transportation claims in state and federal courts. Just a few of Ms. Barcenas’ successes in the last year include:
- Ms. Barcenas obtained a favorable outcome for Lipe Lyons’ client in a Cook County Commercial Arbitration case involving claims for business property damage, business interruption damages, and claims for insurance proceeds, limiting the arbitration award to approximately $30,000, instead of the total $90,00.00 claimed by the Plaintiff.
- Ms. Barcenas represented multiple defendants during a court mediation and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for those clients, preventing the need for further complex litigation. Despite Plaintiff’s opening global settlement demand of $950,000, the case ultimately settled with Lipe Lyons’ clients paying only a collective sum of $20,000.
- In a case involving injuries sustained by a plaintiff after she slipped and fell in front of insured’s hotel, Ms. Barcenas represented defendants during a private mediation and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for those clients, preventing the need for further complex litigation. Despite Plaintiff’s opening settlement demand of $1,500,000, the case ultimately settled with Lipe Lyons’ clients paying only $300,000.
- Ms. Barcenas drafted, presented, and won a motion to dismiss indemnity claims filed against Lipe Lyons’ client in a commercial case involving business property damage and construction claims.
Additionally, Ms. Barcenas was nominated and selected for Super Lawyers’ 2021 Rising Stars, as well as being selected to join fellow Latina lawyers from across the country and from all areas of the profession in attending the 2020 Hispanic National Bar Association Latina Leadership Program. Ms. Barcenas was also featured in the LLSA Alumni Spotlight Newsletter published by Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Latinx Law Student Association.
Alejandra Barcenas Excited to Join Esteemed Group of Latina Lawyers at the HNBA Latina Leadership AcademyAugust 31, 2020
On September 15, 2020, Associate, Alejandra Barcenas, will join fellow Latina lawyers from across the country and from all areas of the profession in attending the 2020 Hispanic National Bar Association Latina Leadership Program. Each year, during the HNBA/VIA Annual Convention, the Latina Commission offers professional development and leadership training programs aimed at Latina lawyers. The Latina Leadership Academy offers curriculum specifically developed for Latina attorneys and draws from a significant body of research from both the Commission and other leading organizations. The program addresses areas identified as key to shattering glass ceilings and securing the advancement and long-term success of Latina lawyers—the most underrepresented group in the legal profession. The Academy’s curriculum builds off the successful programs on Grit and Growth Mindset and delves into concepts of executive presence, cultivating leadership skills, and what it means to be authentic in organizations where Latinas remain underrepresented at all levels.
Lipe Lyons Women Attorneys to Join Rotating Cast of Female Neutrals from ADR to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Women Lawyers
July 13, 2020
On August 13, 2020, partner Amanda L. Zink, and associates Elaina Valtierra, Alejandra Barcenas, Sahrish Moyeed and Sarah Bourdet will join a rotating cast of female neutrals from ADR Systems, including Hon. Helaine L. Berger, (Ret.), Hon. Lisa R. Curcio, (Ret.), Amy L. Gertler, Esq., Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.) and Hon. Brigid M. McGrath, (Ret.) for a virtual Happy Hour and Networking Discussion regarding the impact of COVID-19 on women lawyers. Topics will include how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted female attorneys’ ability to network, stretched their abilities as working professionals, and challenged them to serve their clients in new and remote ways.
Lipe Lyons Welcomes New AssociateNovember 22, 2018