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Jeffrey N. Given

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Chicago, Illinois

Jeff began his legal career at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago where he engaged in commercial and constitutional litigation. Jeff left Kirkland to establish a successful entrepreneurial business before returning to the practice of law at the City of Chicago Law Department. Jeff served seven of his ten years at the Law Department as the Chief Assistant responsible for managing all aspects of the City's representation in litigation alleging misconduct by the Chicago Police Department. Jeff graduated cum laude from Indiana University Law School in Bloomington, Indiana in 1983. During law school, Jeff was selected for law review and was awarded the ABA Annual Award for best performances in Land Use and Local Government law courses. Jeff graduated cum laude with distinction in major from Carleton College in 1978 where he earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies.


Areas of Practice

  • Municipal Defense
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Government Representation
  • Employment Discrimination Defense
  • Employee Internal Investigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1983
  • Indiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1983


  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
    • B.A. cum laude - 1978
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: American Studies

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Chicago, Law Department, Chief Assistant Corporate Counsel , 1997 - 2007
  • Kirkland & Ellis, Litigation Associate, 1983 - 1988

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