Our Attorneys

Nancy L. Maldonado

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  • Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.
    325 N. LaSalle St. Suite 350
    Chicago, IL 60654
  • (312) 751-1170
  • Fluent in Spanish


  • Columbia Law School, J.D. (2001) – Honors: Stone Scholar (1999-2001), Columbia Human Rights Summer Fellow (1999)
  • Harvard College, B.A. (1997) – Honors: Dean's list all semesters; Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Fellowship; magna cum laude distinction for senior thesis

Nancy Maldonado joined Miner, Barnhill & Galland in 2003 following a federal judicial clerkship.  She specializes in litigation and 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. Nancy 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 her practice.

  • Employment Law

    Since joining the firm, Nancy 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 in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and California). Nancy has worked on complex, national class actions, multi-plaintiff suits, as well as on 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, Nancy 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, Nancy 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

    Nancy 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.

  • Not-for-Profit Counseling and Defense

    During the course of her career, Nancy has developed relationships with many local not-for-profit organizations, for whom she regularly serves as an outside legal counsel. In addition to representing not-for-profits in employment-related matters in courts or before administrative agencies, Nancy 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.

  • Other Litigation

    Nancy 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.

Community Service Activities

Nancy 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. Nancy is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. She is a former Board President of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and has served on its Board of Directors since 2005. Nancy 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.  Nancy was nominated to be a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation in 2017. She is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (Class of 2019).

Bar Admissions

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

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