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Our attorneys have only one goal – to help you reach yours. That means discussing and listening to you to understand your goals. Once we meet and understand your goals, we will work tirelessly towards reaching them. 

You don’t need just any attorney. You need an attorney with integrity, an attorney you can trust, an attorney you have confidence in that he or she understands your goals and is working hard to reach them. You need an attorney who knows that your matter is as important as you know it is. And that is who we are.

We take pride in working efficiently and reaching favorable results cost effectively. We have experience in large law firms which are excellent training grounds and excellent places to get high-cost legal advice. In contrast, our firm is a great home for practical lawyers, and a great place for you, as our client, to get top legal advice without the large firm price tag. Legal costs must not, and at Manjarres Law will not ever come as a surprise.

Practice Areas

Business Law & SH&E
Areas of Practice:
Business
  • Corporate Strategic Counseling
  • Business Consulting
  • Contract Negotiation & Management
  • Commercial Transactions/ Acquisitions/  Joint Ventures
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Corporate Communications Guidance
  • Corporate Policy Development
Counsel on Safety, Health & Environment
  • Risk Management
Latin American Business Consulting
  • Latin American Business Consulting/ Transactions
Labor & Employment Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Counseling & Litigation in agencies and state and federal courts
  • Union Relations
  • Non-Compete Agreements (Enforcement & Defense)
  • Severance Negotiations
Training
  • Training
  • Legal compliance & Policy Compliance
Mediation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation/ Alt. Dispute Resolution
  • Certified Mediator
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
Litigation
  • Federal Courts
  • State Courts
  • Government Agencies
Real Estate Law

We Represent:

  • Buyers
  • Sellers
  • Investors
  • Lenders
Industries Served Presently
  • Equipment Manufacture and Sale
  • Landscaping
  • Heating/ Cooling/ Refrigeration
  • Professional Services
  • Publishing
  • Restaurant/ Spirits
  • Real Estate (Buy/Sell/ Lease)
  • Legal

About Us

Manjarres Law LLC

Counsel to Businesses and Individuals

Manjarres Law LLC, established in 2008, is a firm of talented and pragmatic attorneys with a combined decades of experience helping clients reach their goals. All of us share a commitment to the success of our clients. That means we listen. We understand. We focus. We counsel. We act. We succeed. And we do it cost-effectively.

In short, we PARTNER with you. Whether that is through negotiation, dispute resolution, or litigation. We can aggressively pursue your interests, or vigorously defend you. We are your trusted partners.

 David Manjarres, J.D.

Principal Attorney

David Manjarres is a talented and experienced attorney practicing in all areas of civil law. He received his law degree from the DePaul University College of Law in 1997, and his undergraduate degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University. While in law school, Mr. Manjarres was honored to serve as a law extern to U.S. District Court Judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He has vast experience practicing with some of the largest law firms in the U.S. prior to founding Manjarres Law LLC. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, as well as mid and small sized businesses and individuals.

Mr. Manjarres is a creative attorney with a track record of success in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He is experienced in every aspect of litigation, including winning jury and bench trials.  He is known to be an imaginative and effective negotiator with proven ability, and represents clients in management – labor relations between clients and unions. He has represented clients with the Teamsters Union, the Laborers Union, the Operators Union, the Painters Union, the Carpenters Union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the United Auto Workers Union, among others.

 

Areas of Expertise
  • Employment Discrimination (Individual & class action cases)  basis of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation), sexual harassment, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Wage Disputes (overtime or minimum wages under the state or federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Defends & Prosecutes Cases alleging (breach of non-compete agreements or employment contracts and negotiates severance agreements on behalf of clients.)
Publications

Mr. Manjarres is recognized for his employment law expertise and has authored many publications including:

  • In 2013 he co-authored a new edition of a chapter on Employment Torts for a book titled “Employment Termination 2013, authored in 2008 and previously republished in 2010.
  • Employment Termination 2013 is published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE). Mr. Manjarres’ work includes analysis of the law of wrongful termination, breach of contract, breach of covenant not to compete, negligent hiring and retention, malicious prosecution, and fraud/ embezzlement, among others. 
  • Supreme Court Extends Reach of Hostile Environment Claims, ISBA Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, October 2002.
  • The Illinois Dram Shop Act, IICLE 2000; Chapter co-author.
  • Is That Project Labor Agreement the Iceberg to Your Titanic Contract? Lake County Contractors Association Professional Practice Report, 10/98.
  • Corporate Communications Handbook, 1997-1998 Edition; Wesley Walton; Clark, Boardman, Callaghan; Acknowledged contributor.
Presentations

Mr.Manjarres regularly presents seminars on various legal topics. Please contact us if you would like him to address any topic to your group. In the past he has presented on topics such as:

  • Ethics and Legal Compliance. Nalco Company Management Seminars (2007).
  • The Perils of Internet Access and E-mail. Lorman Educational Services (10/00).
  • Effective Record-keeping Under Title VII and the Illinois Human Rights Act. Lorman Educational Services (6/00, 9/00).
  • Joint or Co-Employer Liability under Title VII. Rosenthal and Schanfield Seminars (10/99).
  • Temporary and Contingent Workers: The Risks. Rosenthal and Schanfield Seminars (10/97, 2/98, 10/98).

Christopher Garcia

Of Counsel Attorney

 

Christopher Garcia is a trial lawyer specializing in employment litigation and general tort and commercial trial practice. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Cornell University Law School with a Distinction in Trial Advocacy. Mr. Garcia concentrates in defending corporations and their executives in employment discrimination lawsuits, including multi-plaintiff and class actions, brought in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Garcia is Of Counsel for the Manjarres Law Firm, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Kent Law School in Chicago where he teaches Advanced Legal Writing and Title VII/Employment Litigation.

Mr. Garcia represents corporations on employment related matters, including policy-making, training and violence assessment and prevention. He has successfully tried cases involving workplace violence and sexual assault. He won a verdict for the largest private security firm in the country sued in a religious discrimination case. The trial was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He also won a publicized case in Michigan involving the attack of an employee by his supervisor. The trial judge allowed cameras in the courtroom and the case generated several press articles. 

Mr. Garcia writes and lectures extensively on employment discrimination and labor law topics and has authored numerous articles involving Title VII defense, particularly issues involving the Americans with Disabilities Act. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Down Syndrome. His article Winter’s Child about his daughter Sarah appeared in the pages of the National Assoc. for Down Syndrome Newsletter.

Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Illinois State Courts
Education
  • 1990-1993 Cornell University School of Law J.D.
  • Certificate of Concentration in Trial Advocacy
  • Certificate of Recognition, Cornell Legal Aid Clinic
  • 1984-1988 Cornell University Department of English
    Ph.D. Program, English Language and Literature
  • Concentration in 19th and 20th Century American and
    British Literature.
    1981-1984 University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature, with French fluency
  • College Certification for “Distinction in the Major.” UCSB, College of Letters and Science.
Presentations
  • “The Art of Negotiation.” Seminar for Traveler’s Insurance Claims Adjusters. July 6, 2014. Naperville, Illinois.
  • Disability and the Treatment of Illness: ADA Training for Northwestern Memorial Hospital Human Resources Division. March 19, 2013. Chicago, IL.
  • The Riddle of the Sphinx: Disability Discrimination in the Public Sector: CLE for the Law Office of the
    Cook County Public Defender. October 2012. Chicago, IL.
  • Dial 911: Injunctive Relief for the Business Crisis. American Bar Association, Annual Conference,
    Litigation Section, San Francisco, CA. August 7, 2010.
  • Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law. Human Resources Management Assoc. of Chicago. Webinar. May 21, 2010.
  • Business and Diversity: Recognition and Inclusion: Advance Auto Parts. Orlando, Florida. June 9,
    2010.
  • Employment Class Actions: Avoidance, Management and Current Trends. CLE Complex Employment
    Litigation Update. March 5, 2010. San Diego, California.
  • Twits in the Workplace: Twitter, Corporate Blogs and the Cyber-Workspace. CLE Complex
    Employment Litigation Update. Hispanic National Bar Assoc. Annual Convention and Judicial Summit. September 3, 2009. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • The Riddle of the Sphinx: Disability
    Discrimination in the Public Sector: CLE for the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.October 2012. Chicago, IL.
  • Dial 911: Injunctive Relief for the Business Crisis. American Bar Association, Annual Conference,
    Litigation Section, San Francisco, CA. August 7, 2010.
  • Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law. Human Resources Management Assoc. of
    Chicago. Webinar. May 21, 2010.
  • Business and Diversity: Recognition and Inclusion: Advance Auto Parts. Orlando, Florida. June 9,
    2010.
  • Employment Class Actions: Avoidance, Management and Current Trends. CLE Complex Employment
    Litigation Update. March 5, 2010. San Diego, California.
  • Twits in the Workplace: Twitter, Corporate Blogs and the Cyber-Workspace. CLE Complex
    Employment Litigation Update. Hispanic National Bar Assoc. Annual Convention and Judicial Summit. September 3, 2009. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Our Time: Speaker, First Annual Commission on Latinas in the Legal Profession/First Awards Luncheon. Key Note Speaker: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. September 3, 2009. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Advancing Together: How In-house and Outside Counsel Can Help Each Other and Their Clients Succeed. 2009 Hispanic National Bar Association Mid-Year Conference. Miami, Florida. March 5,
    2009.
  • Labor Legislations in Iberoamerica and their Effect on the Growth of Business.
  • 2008 Iberoamerican Congress on International Law, Business and Corporate Responsibility. Mexico City, Mexico. January 29, 2008.
  • Employment Litigation in the Digital Age. Continuing Legal Education Program.
  • 2007 Hispanic
    National Bar Convention. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Litigating Employment Discrimination & Sexual Harassment Cases. Continuing Legal Education
    Program.
  • 2006 Hispanic National Bar Convention. San Francisco, CA.
    Smith v. City of Jackson: U.S. Supreme Court’s Expansion of Age Discrimination Claims and the
    Implications for Downsizing Employers. Presented with the E.E.O.C. ABA Section of Litigation
    Committee on Corporate Counsel, February 16-19, 2006.
  • Equal Opportunity Employment Trends and Issues for the Public Employer in 2006.
  • Seyfarth Shaw Public Sector Employment Law Seminar. Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, Illinois. February 2, 2006.
  • Road to Harassment Free Workplace, Physician and Staff Training for University of Wisconsin Hospital
    and Clinics. October 2005 through January 2006.
  • Employment Practices Liability Issues: Current Trends & Loss Control Measures For A Better
    Workplace. Bay Ridge Automotive Management Corp., Brooklyn, NY. July 23-25, 2005.
  • Employment Practices Liability Issues: Current Trends & Loss Control Measures For A Better
    Workplace. Planned Parenthood, New York, NY. June 6, 2005.
  • Workplace Violence: Recognizing the Signs, Employment Law From A To Z. LORMAN Education Services. Itasca, Illinois. April 20, 2005.
  • Hype or Hope? Medical Malpractice Litigation Reform And The “Real World” Challenges and Costs of
    Managing Healthcare Legal Risk. Wharton Research Advisory Group; Wharton Healthcare Resources Forum. March 3, 2005
    Cyber-Sex And Violence In The Workplace: The Fearful Employer 2005.
  • Illinois Association of
    Building Maintenance Contractors Employer’s Conference. January 26, 2005.
  • Discrimination And Retaliation: Avoiding Discrimination And Retaliation Liabilities By Establishing
    Preventive Practices. Council On Education In Management’s Certificate In Human Resources
    Program. January 24, 2005.
  • Employment Termination Guidelines: Pitfalls of the Termination Interview. Planned Parenthood Human
    Resources Net Conference. September 22, 2004.
  • Life Under The New FLSA Regulations. Planned Parenthood Human Resources Net Conference.
    September 22, 2004.
  • The Bad Baby & The Bathwater: Systems Issues and Personal Responsibility. April 1, 2003
  • Conference: Investing In Patient Safety: Increasing Your Focus On Healthcare-Associated Infections.
  • Infectious Disease Control In Malpractice Awards. Sponsored By The Health Research & Educational
    Trust In Partnership With The American Hospital Association At Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
  • Cybersex & Real Violence: The Employer in 2001.
  • Society for Human Resource Managers Annual Conference, 2001.
  • McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters.
    Gattica And The Future Of Genetic Testing: ADA And Medical Examinations In The Workplace.
    Illinois Employer Council Annual Conference. September, 1999.
  • AIDS In The Workplace And The Americans With Disabilities Act. 1998 Illinois Employer Council
    Annual Conference. September 9, 1998.
  • State Of Sexual Harassment Litigation. 1998 Illinois Employer Council Annual Conference. September 8, 1998.
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy And Reasonable Accommodations: The Collision Between The ADA
    And Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ Compensation Claims Assoc. Annual Conference.
    September 11, 1997.
  • Restructuring The Work Force: Contingent Workers And Core Employees.
  • 1996 H.R. Strategies Conference, Chicago, IL. Council On Education In Management. This seminar paper published in Council On Education In Management’s 1996 Employment Handbook.
Publications
  • “Deconstructing the Trump Doctrine.” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. April 26, 2017.
  • Interview for Chicago Lawyer Magazine. June 2011
  • “Catching Up With Technology In The Courtroom.”
  • “Winter’s Child,” March 2009
  • Publication of the National Association for Down Syndrome.
  • Interview for Hispanic Trends Magazine, May Issue, 2006, Hispanics Making Inroads on Bank Boards.
  • “Gattica Revisited: The ADA And Genetic Testing” National Personnel Law Update (February 1999)
  • “Is Diabetes A Per Se Disability In Illinois?” Illinois Personnel Law Update (December 1998)
  • “Insurance Coverage And The Americans With Disabilities Act” Illinois Personnel Law Update (June
    1998)
  • “Can Employers Terminate For Reasonable Suspicion Of Wrongful Conduct?” Illinois Personnel Law
    Update (April 1998)
  • “The ADA And Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act: What Is A Disability?” Illinois Personnel Law
    Update (February 1998)
  • “Does The ADA Protect Against Disabling Treatment for a Non-Disability?” Illinois Personnel Law
    Update (November 1997)
  • “Employer Liability For Sexual Harassment By Non-Employees” Illinois Personnel Law Update (July
    1997)
  • “When Is An Employee Not An Employee Under Title VII?” National Personnel Law Update (April
    1997)
  • “Temperamental Unfitness ‘Regarded As’ A Mental Impairment Under The ADA?” American Bar Association Labor/Employment Committee Newsletter (March 1997)
  • “When Is Giving An Employee The Specific Accommodation Requested Not Enough Under The ADA?” Illinois Personnel Law Update (January 1997)
  • “Personality Conflicts ‘Regarded As’ Mental Impairments Under The ADA” National Personnel Law (Update November 1996)
  • “The ADA: Are Employers Required To Provide Health Insurance To Disabled Employees?” September
    1996
  • National Personnel Law Update (September 1996).
  • “The Americans With Disabilities Act: Who Is Responsible for Determining Which ‘Reasonable Accommodations’ Are Necessary?” National Personnel Law Update (September 1996)

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News & Events

David Manjarres in the News!

Being a Parent in the Time of COVID-19:  New Law Provides Extended Leave for Parents. 

David Manjarres recently spoke to Univision Chicago regarding a new law that, in certain circumstances, provides parents of school-age children with extended paid leave when they are unable to go to work or to telework.  Univision anchor Natalie Perez’ complete story (in Spanish) can be found here: 

https://www.univision.com/local/chicago-wgbo/conoce-la-ley-que-permite-a-padres-trabajadores-quedarse-en-casa-mientras-sus-hijos-esten-en-clases-virtuales-video

 As the Univision Chicago report by Natalie Perez states, in March of 2020, Congress, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Among other things, the law requires employers of less than 500 employees to provide a paid leave of up to 12 weeks to employees who have been employed for more than 30 days and are unable to go to work or to telework because the employee is caring for his or her child (or children) because the child’s school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons.  The amount of pay is 2/3 the employee’s regular rate up to a maximum of $200 per day and $12,000 total.  The 12 weeks of leave available is a total of 12 weeks between any Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave and FFCRA leave.  The new law is in effect from April 1, 2020 through the end of 2020. 

If you have any question about this or any other related topic, please contact your Manjarres Law LLC attorney at 630-541-5988.   

We are pleased to announce the addition of Christopher Garcia to the firm

Manjarres Law LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher Garcia as Of Counsel to the firm.  Chris brings a wealth of experience in counseling business clients over many years, and of successful litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.  Please review Chris’ biography here on our web page, and call us to schedule a time to meet Chris, to welcome him to the firm, and see how we can use his experience to further your goals.  

 

 

 

 

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