Lubna S. El-Gendi, an accomplished attorney with a focus on commercial litigation, brings a wealth of experience to her role at Segal McCambridge. Her proficiency lies in effectively researching issues and drafting persuasive arguments, ensuring optimal outcomes for her clients.

In addition to her legal practice, Lubna has made significant contributions to the academic and legal communities. Her academic background in property and international law, with a specific emphasis on cultural property rights issues, complements her practical experience. Lubna, who started her legal career as an associate at a large international law firm, is recognized for her exceptional research, analytical, writing, communication, management and leadership skills.

Beyond her legal proficiency, Lubna has played pivotal roles in program development and management at various organizations, showcasing her versatility. Her diverse professional background includes serving as an Operations Consultant for South Asian Americans Leading Together, a Research Fellow for Inclusion Nation and the Associate Director of the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul University College of Law. Her leadership roles, such as Program Director for the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program and Director of Diversity Programming and Outreach at DePaul University College of Law, reflect her commitment to fostering diversity, inclusion, and community engagement.

Lubna earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, with Dean’s List honors and a certificate in International and Comparative Law, where she served as a member of the International Moot Court Honor Society and the Moot Court Honor Society, winning the 2007 Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition with her teammates. She has also coached numerous moot court teams, including a team of first-time mooters that reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 Oxford International IP Law Moot held at Oxford University in the UK.

Lubna holds a Master of Laws in International Law from DePaul University College of Law and a B.S. in Biology, cum laude, with a specialization in neuroscience, from Stony Brook University.

Outside of the office, Lubna is an avid traveler who has visited 16 countries and lived on three continents.

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • National Association of Muslim Lawyers


  • Arabic – Highly Conversational



  • “Authorship in the Twenty-First Century: Artist vs. Institution?”, Andrea Wallace and Ronan Deazley, eds, Display At Your Own Risk, 2016
  • “Illusory Borders: The Myth of the Modern Nation-State and its Impact on the Repatriation of Cultural Artifacts”, 15 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. l. 486, 2016
  • “Letting Farmers Be Farmers: Economic Solutions to Subsistence Looting”, 23 DePaul J. Art, Tech. & Intell. Prop. L. 111, 2012