Our Attorneys

Jessica A. Milligan

Partner, Chicago Office

ph: 312.332.7760

Practice Areas: Labor & Employment

Jessica A. Milligan

Jessica counsels school districts and community colleges in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employee investigations, discipline and termination, civil rights, and federal and state employment  discrimination  matters  under  the  Americans  with  Disabilities  Act,  Family  and  Medical  Leave  Act,  Age  Discrimination  in  Employment  Act,  Illinois  Human  Rights  Act,  and  Title  VII.  Jessica also advises employers regarding collective bargaining, contract interpretation, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practices. Jessica represents clients in a variety of venues including both federal and state court, as well as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.


  • J.D., cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law
  • B.A., Michigan State University

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Michigan


  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • Michigan Bar Association 
  • National Council of School Attorneys

Recent Publications

  • Contributing author, “Employment Discrimination,” School Law: Personnel and Student Issues, IICLE (2021 Edition)

Recent Presentations

  • Navigating Payroll Laws: Wages and Recordkeeping Requirements, Illinois ASBO (March 2021)
  • Leave and Accommodation Requests: A Panel Discussion, Large Unit District Association (February 2021)
  • Employee Misconduct Investigations and Discipline During a Pandemic: Best Practices to Minimize Employer Liability, IASPA Annual Conference (January 2021)
  • Leave and Accommodation Rights in the COVID-19 Workplace, Illinois Council of School Attorneys and Illinois Association of School Boards (October 2020)
  • Free Speech on Campus, Illinois Community College Chief Student Service Officers (March 2020)
  • Navigating Payroll Laws, Illinois ASBO Bookkeepers Conference (March 2020)
  • Administrators Legal Update, Concordia University (December 2019)
  • Navigating Background Checks in Today’s Environment, Illinois ASBO (May 2019)
  • Employee Misconduct Issues: Effective Management Strategies for Defensible Discipline/Discharge, Concordia University (April 2019)