Y’Noka Bass is a litigation attorney who focuses her practice on asbestos litigation, civil rights actions, labor and employment, medical malpractice, personal injury, and premises liability. Y’Noka handles matters for a variety of clients ranging from individuals to large corporations
Before joining HME, Y’Noka served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Allen Walker in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County where she drafted legal memorandums concerning the mass tort litigation arising from the opioid epidemic. Y’Noka also clerked for the Court of Claims, where she assisted Judge Mary Pat Burns in the handling and disposition of pending claims brought against the State of Illinois.
During law school, Y’Noka was a member of the Constance Baker Motley mock trial team, which went on to win the 2019-2020 national championship. She was awarded the honor of being a Philip H. Corboy Fellow in Trial Advocacy where she competed in various mock trial competitions across the nation and gained invaluable trial advocacy experience.
Y’Noka received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a Posse Scholar and studied English, Legal Studies, and Criminal Justice.
Y’Noka is a member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Chicago Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Although a native of California, Y’Noka enjoys exploring restaurants and rooftops across the city.