Deanne Medina comes to CALA with 16 years of federal and state litigation experience, including jury trials and appeals.
Prior to working for CALA, Deanne worked as a Supervising Attorney at LAF and before that was in private practice. While at LAF, Deanne ran the William J. Hibbler Pro Se Assistance Program, providing help to hundreds of pro se litigants in the areas of employment, police brutality, foreclosure defense, and contract disputes, among other areas. She later supervised the newly formed Home and Community Ombudsman Project for suburban Cook and Lake Counties while at LAF.
In private practice, Deanne and her former law partner were able to obtain a $4.2 million dollar verdict in a single plaintiff national origin and religious discrimination case against a large auto manufacturing company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District. She and her former partner also secured a $400,000 verdict in a sexual harassment case, also in the Northern District. They also hold the first plaintiff’s side victory under the Illinois Victim’s Economic Safety and Security Act (which pertains to victims of domestic violence) which was heard at the Illinois Department of Labor. Deanne has also settled hundreds of cases to her client’s satisfaction.
Deanne received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and her B.A. from Muskingum College in New Concord, OH.
Deanne is licensed in Illinois, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Deanne is also a member of the Northern District Trial Bar. She is an active member of both the national and Illinois chapters of the National Employment Lawyers Association, is a former member of the U.S. District Court’s Pro Bono Advisory Committee and has been a mentor attorney with the Chicago Bar Association.
In her free time, Deanne enjoys advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities as well as musical theater, reading, cooking, hanging out with her family and her dog and walking.