Nancy L. Maldonado
Ms. Maldonado joined the firm in 2003, and is a shareholder specializing in litigation. She has a broad range of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts and before a variety of federal, state and local agencies. She represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other state wage and hour laws, the False Claims Act and other state whistleblower statutes, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. The following is a summary of the areas in which she has concentrated:
Since joining the firm, Ms. Maldonado has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in employment disputes. She has expertise in federal and state employment discrimination laws, including sex discrimination, race and national origin discrimination, sexual harassment, religious harassment and retaliation cases, and in federal and state wage and hour laws (particularly Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and California). She has worked on complex, national class actions, multi-plaintiff suits, as well as countless individual matters in front of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
For her plaintiff clients, including many low-wage workers, Ms. Maldonado has successfully litigated and settled many discrimination and wage and hour cases, including a multi-million dollar class action brought on behalf of migrant farm workers. For her defense clients, Ms. Maldonado has successfully defended many cases, most often by securing dismissal by the administrative agency or in the early stages of litigation.
Federal and Illinois False Claims Act
Ms. Maldonado has represented relators in false claims act suits in federal and state court. She has also served as a Special Assistant State's Attorney to Cook County investigating fraud alleged by a whistleblower.
Nonprofit counseling and defense
During the course of her career, Ms. Maldonado has developed relationships with many local non-profits, for whom she regularly serves as an outside legal counsel. In addition to representing non-profits in employment-related matters in courts or before administrative agencies, she also counsels entities on discipline, termination, and compliance issues, drafts employee handbooks, contracts and severance agreements, investigates suspected employee fraud, and provides anti-harassment training for employees.
Ms. Maldonado has represented clients in litigation over the First Amendment and other constitutional issues, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation clauses and in other kinds of litigation raising contract and tort claims.
Organized bar and community service activities
Ms. Maldonado is a member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and received its "Mentor of the Year" award in 2007 for counseling law students. She regularly speaks on panels to high school, college, and law school students about the legal profession. She is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Ms. Maldonado currently serves as Vice President of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and has served on its Board of Directors since 2005. Ms. Maldonado also served on the Board of Directors of La Casa Norte, a social service agency providing housing and comprehensive services to youth and their families, including as its Secretary from 2004 through 2005.
Ms. Maldonado is fluent in Spanish.
J.D. Columbia Law School, 2001 Honors: Stone Scholar, 1999-2001; Columbia Human Rights Summer Fellow (1999)
B.A., Harvard College, 1997. Honors: Dean's list all semesters; Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Fellowship; Received magna cum laude distinction for senior thesis.
Shareholder, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 2010-present
Associate, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 2003-2009
Law Clerk, Hon. Ruben Castillo, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2001-2003
Illinois Supreme Court (2001)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2003)
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2012)
Pro hac vice admissions in state and/or federal trial courts in California, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin