Michael Condon is a 1986 graduate of the John Marshall Law School, where he was the Executive Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review. He was published in the John Marshall Law Review and also participated in the school’s Moot Court program. During law school, Michael served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Donald P. O’Connell, the former Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. During his college days at Marquette University, Michael worked a summer internship in the White House during President Carter’s Administration in the Office of Political Affairs.
For the past thirty years, Michael has represented public officials and various units of local government across the State of Illinois at both the trial and appellate levels. He has served as lead counsel for a myriad of public and private clients in discrimination suits brought under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Housing Act. Michael has successfully tried numerous jury cases in federal court on behalf of public officials and their employers. In one well publicized case, Michael and his partners obtained a $1.7 million jury verdict against the Town of Cicero in a whistleblower suit brought on behalf of the town’s former Police Chief and Deputy Chief. Over the years, Michael also has had the privilege of arguing numerous cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals which have resulted in published opinions. In addition to his federal trial practice, Michael also has substantial experience in litigating administrative matters involving units of local government. He has successfully represented police chiefs and other officers in disciplinary proceedings before local fire and police commissions.
Michael frequently lectures on the topics of civil rights and tort liability for both public and private employers. He has been retained by many local villages and police departments to provide training to their employees on such topics as use of force, racial profiling, police pursuits, and sexual harassment in the workplace. Michael has also conducted numerous training seminars sponsored by different police organizations, including the Northeast Multi-Regional Training, Inc., the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, the Illinois Association of Police Planners, the Illinois Association of Police Chiefs, and the Illinois Sheriff’s Association.
- Use of Force Trends, Recent Case Law, and Tips for Avoiding Liability, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, 2014 Chief Deputy/Jail Administrator Conference, Springfield, Illinois
- Jail Suicide Liability: Trends, Standards, and Caselaw, 2011 Illinois Sheriff’s Association Chief Deputy/Jail Administrator Conference
- Strip and Body Cavity Searches of Pretrial Detainees – The Judiciary’s “Hands On” Approach to Jail Administration, Bliss McKnight Insurance Co. (2009)
- Conflicts Representing Public Employees, Illinois Institute for Local Government Law (2009)
- Use of Force Incidents and Civil Liability Issues, Hoffman Estates Police Department In-Service Training (2004)