O'Malley & Madden, P.C.

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Chicago, Illinois 60605
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The attorneys at O'Malley & Madden, P.C. have extensive experience in negotiation, mediation and in all phases of civil litigation before the federal and state courts and administrative agencies. To find out more about one of our attorneys, please select a name from below for a full biography.

M. Megan O'Malley

  • Selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer® and an Illinois Rising Star in the area of Employment Law
  • Past President, National Employment Lawyers Association/Illinois
  • Board Member, National Employment Lawyers Association/Illinois
  • 7th Circuit & Illinois Advisory Representative, Judicial Nominations Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association

Megan O'Malley, a principal and founding member of O'Malley & Madden, P.C., concentrates her practice in the areas of civil rights and employment law. Her decision to focus exclusively in those areas is born of her unwavering commitment to eliminating discrimination in the workplace. Ms. O'Malley has successfully litigated hundreds of claims on behalf of victims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She has also represented numerous whistleblowers in claims against their employers for retaliatory conduct. She has extensive trial experience before the federal and state courts and administrative agencies, and she has successfully argued before both the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Court on behalf of employees. Although, she primarily litigates cases in court, Ms. O'Malley also routinely counsels employees through career transitions and reviews, drafts and negotiates employment contracts, severance negotiations, and favorable non-compete agreements.

Ms. O'Malley is a former President of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Illinois Chapter. She has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer and an Illinois Rising Star in the area of employment law. Ms. O'Malley is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association. She is licensed to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and she is a member of the Federal Trial Bar.

Ms. O'Malley is a formidable advocate for the individuals she represents, and she takes great pride in the praise she receives from her colleagues recognizing her tremendous commitment to her clients.

Ms. O'Malley graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Art History. She received her law degree from the DePaul University College of Law, where she received numerous awards for achieving the highest marks in several courses, including for legal writing. Above all else, Megan is the extremely proud mother of two darling daughters.

John P. Madden

ISBA Member
  • Illinois Super Lawyers® Rising Star for 2008, 2009 & 2011
  • Chair: Chicago Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2011-2012
  • Vice-Chair Chicago Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2010-2011

John P. Madden is a principal and founding member of O'Malley & Madden, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law, civil and commercial litigation and appellate practice. Mr. Madden began his career with a well-known appellate lawyer, writing appeals, opinion memoranda and other writing-intensive projects on behalf of a prominent Chicago law firm and other attorneys throughout the Chicago area. He continued this work after starting his own practice in 2000 and after founding O'Malley & Madden, P.C. in 2001.

Trial Practice

Mr. Madden has experience in all aspects of trial litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including U.S. District Courts, Illinois Circuit Courts, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor. He has litigated a wide range of cases for his clients involving, race, gender, pregnancy, age, disability, national origin and religious discrimination, as well as retaliation, harassment and wrongful discharge under various federal and state laws.

Mr. Madden also has broad-based experience in general civil and commercial litigation relating to personal and business torts and contract issues, including cases involving breach of contract, tortious interference with contract and prospective economic advantage, defamation, invasion of privacy, false light, trade secrets, corporate formation and piercing, partnership and joint venture liability.

Appellate Practice

Mr. Madden has practiced extensively before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court. He has also prepared several appeals for petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Madden has successfully briefed and argued precedent setting cases in the areas employment law and trial standards.

Counseling & Negotiation

Mr. Madden frequently provides assistance to individuals and small businesses needing help in structuring or resolving workplace and personnel issues. This includes individuals needing advice on employment contracts, including non-compete agreements and similar restrictive provisions, as well as severance packages and release agreements. Mr. Madden also provides counseling and training for small businesses on issues critical to the workplace environment, including: regulatory compliance in personnel actions; development and implementation of employee handbooks and other corporate policies; employment contracts and severance agreements; supervision of corporate disciplinary/discharge procedures; advice and guidance on responding to employee complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; avoiding litigation and mitigating exposure from local, state, and federal laws governing the workplace.

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
  • Juris Doctor
  • Presidential Scholarship

  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude ~ Philosophy and English
  • Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society in Philosophy
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Alpha Sigma Tau - U. of Dayton Society for Honor Graduates

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Lindsey E. Goldberg

  • Selected as an Emerging Lawyer in the area of Employment Law by Leading Lawyers
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association Labor & Employment Committee
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association Labor & Employment Committee
  • Member, Federal Bar Association

Lindsey E. Goldberg concentrates her practice in the areas of civil rights and employment law. Since joining O’Malley & Madden, P.C. in 2011, Ms. Goldberg has successfully litigated dozens of claims on behalf of employees and whistleblowers in state and federal court, including before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Northern District of Illinois, Illinois Circuit Courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Ms. Goldberg’s practice focuses on litigating claims on behalf of victims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including on the basis of race, national origin, gender, disability, age, and pregnancy. Her practice also focuses on litigating claims for wrongful discharge on behalf of whistleblowers who have exposed misconduct or wrongdoing in the workplace. Ms. Goldberg also negotiates severance packages and employment agreements, and counsels employees through workplace disputes or career transitions.

Prior to joining O’Malley & Madden, P.C., Ms. Goldberg represented employees in wage and hour litigation where she advocated for employees' rights to their legally entitled wages and overtime. This included litigating claims before U.S. District Courts, Illinois Circuit Courts, and the Department of Labor.

Ms. Goldberg was selected by Leading Lawyers as an Emerging Lawyer in the area of employment law in 2016 through the present. She is an active member of multiple bar associations and committees focusing on employment law, including the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association Labor & Employment Committee. She is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and in the State of Illinois. She has spoken at the Chicago Bar Association and written papers in the field of employment law, including on topics such as privacy in the workplace and updates to the rules regarding discovery in federal litigation.

After graduating with honors from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in public health, Ms. Goldberg graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve University where she received her J.D. and also an M.A. in bioethics. While in law school, Ms. Goldberg worked as an extern for the Honorable Judge Stuart Friedman in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Abigail R. Durkin

  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association

Abigail Durkin joined O’Malley & Madden, P.C. in 2015 as a law clerk and then became a practicing attorney for the firm in 2017. Since then, Ms. Durkin has worked alongside the firm's partners representing clients in state and federal litigation in civil rights and employment related matters, as well as in arbitration proceedings regarding the same. Ms. Durkin also has experience representing clients at various government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Ms. Durkin’s practice primarily focuses on litigating claims on behalf of victims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, national origin, gender, disability, age, and pregnancy. She also negotiates severance agreements on behalf of clients leaving their workplace voluntarily or as a result of discrimination.

Ms. Durkin is licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and in the State of Illinois. She is an active member of multiple bar associations, including the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Durkin also actively volunteers with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Voting Rights Project, as well as with the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”).

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in History and French, Ms. Durkin graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University College of Law where she received her J.D. and a certificate in public service. While in law school, Ms. Durkin served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Women, Gender & the Law, President of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, and Vice President of the DePaul Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association. As a law student, Ms. Durkin worked as an extern for the Honorable Judge Daniel Degnan in the Cook County Domestic Relations Division, as well as a law clerk for O’Malley & Madden, P.C.

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Harassment - Employer Policies

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'This is my home': Undocumented students, educators await a DACA decision

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented students across the country live with the fear that they could face deportation and an end to their plans for higher education.

Thought for the Week

"Requiring former employees to contact the company’s legal department before speaking up is a huge barrier. If NBCUniversal is truly committed to letting survivors and employees speak out about sexual harassment at the network, it should simply release them from their non-disclosure agreements. There is no reason to place the burden on those who choose to speak to reveal themselves in advance to NBCUniversal. This is an example of the burdens that perpetuate fear and silence, no matter what new policies and trainings may say."

–Tina Tchen, the incoming president and CEO of the Time’s Up organization

List of the Week

from Hiscox

2018 Hiscox Workplace Harassment Study

  • Among survey respondents 35% of workers feel they have been harassed at work. Among women, the figure is even higher at 41%.
  • Among survey respondents who said they were harassed, 78% said their harassers were men, and 73% said they were harassed by someone who was in a senior position to them in the organization.
  • Over half (53%) of those who experienced harassment didn’t report it because they feared a hostile work environment.
  • Nearly as many (46%) cited a fear of retaliation (such as being terminated from their job) as a top reason for keeping quiet. 

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