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Erika G. Baldonado
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Erika Baldonado is a trial attorney whose area of practice concentrates on civil litigation defense of school districts, park districts, municipalities, large commuter rail lines, and restaurants.  Erika has argued and won two appeals before the Second District Appellate Court and was awarded the 2011 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from the Jury Verdict Reporter.

Erika was formerly a criminal prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office as well as a Staff Attorney for the Chief Judge of Cook County.

Erika earned her Juris Doctorate from DePaul College of Law in 1993 and obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from Loyola University of Chicago, in 1989.  From 1987 - 1988, Erika spent her junior year abroad in Rome, Italy, where she studied art, culture and history.

Practice areas:
Civil defense litigation

Education:
JD, 1993, DePaul College of Law
BA, 1989, Loyola University of Chicago

Bar Admissions:
United States Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
Northern District of Illinois

Publications:
“DuPage County Sheriff: Stumble On Narrow Gravel Strip Yields No Legal Recourse,” by Erika G. Baldonado, IDC Defense Update, a Publication of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Summer, 2010

“Second District Further Erodes Illinois Tort Immunity Act,” by Erika G. Baldonado
IDC Defense Update, a Publication of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Summer, 2009

“Court Preserves Integrity of Tort Immunity Act” by Erika G. Baldonado, IDC Defense Update, a Publication of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2008

“On the Road – From Park Ridge to Springfield”
The Illinois Supreme Court to Determine Whether Application of Sections 6-105 and 6-106 of the Tort Immunity Act Bars Plaintiff’s Claims For Failure to Provide Medical Services,” contributing author, Erika G. Baldonado, IDC Monograph, a Publication of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Summer, 2008

“First District Upholds Directed Verdict and Jury Verdict for City and Officers on Malicious Prosecution Claim”, contributing author, Erika G. Baldonado. IDC Monograph, a Publication of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Summer, 2010