David Baltmanis joined Miner, Barnhill & Galland in 2011 following judicial clerkships with a federal appellate judge and a federal district judge. He maintains a diverse practice primarily representing individuals and institutional plaintiffs in the areas of complex commercial litigation, employment law, civil rights and environmental law. He has also served as defense counsel for non-profit and healthcare organizations in commercial and employment matters, and advised such clients on discrimination law, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He has extensive experience in state and federal trial courts across the country, and has authored and co-authored merits and amicus briefs in state supreme courts, United States Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Dave believes that diligent legal representation is often the difference between just and unjust outcomes, and strives to make that difference for his clients at MBG, large and small. He is proud to have served as part of litigation teams on behalf of state governments that have recouped hundreds of millions of dollars from pharmaceutical manufacturers, and to have worked on class actions on behalf of thousands of alleged victims of corporate pollution. He is equally grateful for the opportunity to represent individuals suffering adverse treatment in employment, and to help secure settlements for families wrongfully denied healthcare benefits for mental health treatment. Dave is happy to be part of a versatile, creative team at MBG that can tackle any sort of case with the same degree of intellectual rigor, thoroughness and professionalism.
Dave is a member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, Chicago’s public interest bar association, and currently serves as its President. He has worked on systemic reform efforts in the area of criminal justice as a part of its Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.
Since 2011, Dave has been a member of the Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic.
Dave has also performed pro bono work drafting amicus briefs on behalf of current and former United Nations officials in cases concerning federal civil rights and international law.