Biography

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

  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyersm in the area of Civil Rights and Employment Law
  • Recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer® in the area of Employment Law
  • Past President and Board Member, National Employment Lawyers Association/Illinois
  • Past Chair, Chicago Bar Association, Labor & Employment Committee
  • Current Co-Chair, Judicial Nominations Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Co-Founder and Current Steering Committee Member, Courts Matter Illinois

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 practice in those areas is born of her unwavering commitment to a society free of discrimination, with genuine equal opportunity and equal justice under law for everyone. 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 and restrictive covenants.

Ms. O’Malley is a former President of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Illinois Chapter and former Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Committee. She has been selected as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Civil Rights and Employment Law and as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of employment law. Ms. O’Malley has frequently been asked to speak at national seminars on employment law and whistleblower issues and has been an instructor at the American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law’s Trial Institute.

Ms. O’Malley is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 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.

When not practicing law, you can find Megan running on the beautiful lake path, enjoying one of Chicago’s many wonderful parks or festivals, or spending time with her husband and two super amazing daughters.

Education:

  • B.A., Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law

Memberships:

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association – Illinois Chapter
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association – Chicago Chapter
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Courts Matter – Illinois
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M. Megan O'Malley

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John P. Madden

  • Illinois Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor, 2019 & 2020
  • Leading Lawyers,sm Employment Law, Civil Rights, Civil Appellate Law, 2016-2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyers® Rising Star for 2008, 2009 & 2011
  • Chair: Chicago Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2011-2012

John P. Madden is a principal and founding member of O’Malley & Madden, P.C. and focuses his practice primarily in the areas of employment law, civil and commercial litigation, and appellate law. Mr. Madden has extensive experience in 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 harassment, whistleblower retaliation, and wrongful discharge under numerous federal, state, and local 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.

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. Mr. Madden has successfully briefed and argued precedent-setting cases in the areas employment law and trial standards. Mr. Madden has been a featured speaker on employment law and trial standards at local and national seminars.

Mr. Madden also frequently provides assistance to individuals and small businesses needing help in structuring or resolving workplace and personnel issues. This includes assistance to individuals needing advice on employment contracts, including non-compete agreements and similar restrictive provisions, as well as severance agreements. Mr. Madden 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; supervision of corporate disciplinary/discharge procedures; advice and guidance on responding to employee complaints; avoiding litigation and mitigating exposure from local, state, and federal laws governing the workplace.

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1997
    • Presidential Scholarship
  • University of Dayton, B.A. in Philosophy and English, Cum Laude, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law
  • ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • NELA-Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter
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John P. Madden

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Katherine Ellis

Katherine Ellis is an associate attorney at O’Malley & Madden, P.C. She concentrates her practice in the areas of labor and employment law, focusing specifically on representing individuals in employment disputes in both Illinois and Indiana. Ms. Ellis assists clients in matters of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on sex, sexual orientation, race, national origin, religion, disability, age, and pregnancy. Prior to working for O’Malley & Madden, P.C., Ms. Ellis represented numerous municipalities on a broad range of issues, including employment disputes.

Ms. Ellis graduated cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law after receiving a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Purdue University. During law school, Ms. Ellis was an Associate Editor of the Valparaiso University Law Review, a member of the honors program, and a member of the Women’s Law Student Association. Ms. Ellis also worked as a federal judicial extern both for Hon. Jon E. DeGuilio, Chief Judge of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, as well as Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich.

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Purdue University, B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Indiana Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • NELA-Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association