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Attorney Erika G. Baldanado

Erika G. Baldonado

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Practice Areas

Education

  • DePaul College of Law, J.D., 1993
  • Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., 1989

Bar Admissions & Licenses

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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 and 2017 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from the Jury Verdict Reporter.

Erika was appointed as an Investigator with the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee in 2016 and has conducted numerous investigations into both sitting judges seeking retention and those seeking a first-time appointment.

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 Bachelor 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.

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award, Jury Verdict Reporter, 2011
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award, Jury Verdict Reporter, 2017
  • Appointed Investigator of Judicial Evaluation Committee, Chicago Bar Association, 2018
  • Super Lawyers Award, 2021 and 2023
  • "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, 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, 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"
  • “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
  • Moderator, Panelist and Presenter, Illinois Association of Housing Authorities, Conference in East St. Louis (2022)
  • Discussion Leader, Chicago Law Bulletin Symposium with the Judges, (2018)
  • Discussion Leader, Chicago Law Bulletin Symposium with the Judges, (2015)