Pamela E. Simaga

Associate

Pamela E. Simaga represents local governmental entities as well as charter schools through all phases of civil litigation in judicial and administrative proceedings. Ms. Simaga has focused her practice on disputes involving employment and special education. She also counsels and represents clients in matters involving disputes over civil rights, constitutional law, student discipline, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, property tax appeals, and general liability. Ms. Simaga has represented clients in matters pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, and Illinois state courts, as well as the EEOC, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. Ms. Simaga assisted in the successful representation of a pro bono client in an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case Manuel v. City of Joliet, Case No. 14-9496 (Mar. 21, 2017). 

Ms. Simaga received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Illinois. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2012, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif, and she was awarded the Rickert Award for Excellence in Service. She was also a published author and the Topics Editor for the Elder Law Journal. During law school, Ms. Simaga interned with Farmworker Legal Services, a legal aid organization serving migrant workers in Michigan and worked as a summer associate at Hodges, Loizzi. Prior to law school, Ms. Simaga taught high school social studies in southern Texas as a Teach for America corps member.

Contact

psimaga@hlerk.com  |  o: 847-670-9000  |  f: 847-670-7334

Education

B.S. – University of Illinois

J.D. – University of Illinois College of Law

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Rickert Award for Excellence in Service

Speeches, In-Services, and Publications

  • Author
    • Es Difícil Aprender Inglés: Expanding the English-Language Waiver to Allow Elderly Immigrants to Naturalize,” Elder Law Journal, 2012
  • Co-Presenter
    • “Practical & Ethical Considerations for Counsel for Parties & Counsel for Amici Practicing Before the Illinois Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court,” Illinois Council of School Attorneys, November 2016