Pamela E. Simaga

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Contact/Location
Office: Arlington Heights
psimaga@hlerk.com
847-670-9000 (office)
847-670-7334 (fax)

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EDUCATION
University of IllinoisB.A.International Studies, magna cum laude, 2007 

University of Illinois, B.A., Spanish, magna cum laude, 2007 

University of Illinois, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012 

  • Rickert Award for Service 

  • Order of Coif  

  • CALI Award, State and Local Government

As a partner in the firm, Pam Simaga’s practice covers a broad range of matters within the areas of litigation, students, property tax appeals, and investigations. Pam has extensive experience guiding her clients through all stages of ongoing and potential lawsuits and has successfully litigated matters before state and federal trial and appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as in administrative hearings before state and federal agencies including the Property Tax Appeal Board, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2016, Pam successfully appealed a pro-bono case to the U.S. Supreme CourtManuel v. City of Joliet.  

Clients turn to Pam for her consistent, dependable legal advice, which is based on a foundation of proven experience with difficult disputes and her dedication to reach both an amicable and equitable solution for her clients. 

Prior to practicing law, Pam was a Teach for America corps member who taught high school social studies to low-income students in the Rio Grande Valley. Her experience as an educational equity leader helps her to personally relate with educators and aid them in their mission-driven goals. 

Away from the office, Pam enjoys spending time with her husband and young children, reading, and traveling. 



  • Kane County Bar Association, Member, 2012 – Present 

  • Illinois Association of School Boards, Member, 2013 – Present  

  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2012 – Present  

  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Member, 2012 – Present  



  • Non-Covid Legal Updates-Legal and Legislative Update, Presentation, IAASE Region 1 Roundtable, 2021 

  • Insights and Tips to Protect School District Revenue, Presentation, IASB, 2021 

  • Equal Opportunities and Equity, Presentation, School Board, 2020

  • Manuel v. Joliet: How a Claim Was BornPresentation, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer Section Civil Rights Committee, 2020

  • Section 504 and Student Health IssuesPresentation, School Staff and District Administrators, 2019 

  • Client Relationships in Education LawPresentation, 2019 

  • Workplace HarassmentIn-ServicePark District Employees 

  • Ethics Training: What Board Member and Staff Can and Cannot Do, Presentation to School Board, 2019 

  • Trends in Property Tax AppealsPresentation, DuPage IASBO, 2017 

  • Practical & Ethical Considerations for Counsel for Parties & Counsel for Amici Practicing Before the Illinois Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme CourtICSA, 2016