John P. Madden is a principal and founding member of O’Malley & Madden, P.C. He
concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law, civil and commercial litigation
and appellate practice. Mr. Madden began his career with a well-known appellate lawyer,
writing appeals, opinion memoranda and other writing-intensive projects on behalf of a
prominent Chicago law firm and other attorneys throughout the Chicago area. He continued
this work after starting his own practice in 2000 and after founding O’Malley & Madden, P.C.
Mr. Madden has experience in all aspects of trial litigation before state and federal courts
and administrative agencies, including U.S. District Courts, Illinois Circuit Courts, the Illinois
Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S.
Department of Labor. He has litigated a wide range of cases for his clients involving, race,
gender, pregnancy, age, disability, national origin and religious discrimination, as well as
retaliation, harassment and wrongful discharge under various federal and state laws.
Mr. Madden also has broad-based experience in general civil and commercial litigation
relating to personal and business torts and contract issues, including cases involving
breach of contract, tortious interference with contract and prospective economic advantage,
defamation, invasion of privacy, false light, trade secrets, corporate formation and piercing,
partnership and joint venture liability.
Mr. Madden has practiced extensively before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh
Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court. He has also prepared
several appeals for petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Madden has successfully briefed
and argued precedent setting cases in the areas employment law and trial standards.
Counseling & Negotiation
Mr. Madden frequently provides assistance to individuals and small businesses needing
help in structuring or resolving workplace and personnel issues. This includes individuals
needing advice on employment contracts, including non-compete agreements and similar
restrictive provisions, as well as severance packages and release agreements. Mr.
Madden also provides counseling and training for small businesses on issues critical to
the workplace environment, including: regulatory compliance in personnel actions;
development and implementation of employee handbooks and other corporate policies;
employment contracts and severance agreements; supervision of corporate
disciplinary/discharge procedures; advice and guidance on responding to employee
complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; avoiding litigation and mitigating
exposure from local, state, and federal laws governing the workplace.
DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude ~ Philosophy and English
Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society in Philosophy
Golden Key International Honour Society
Alpha Sigma Tau - U. of Dayton Society for Honor Graduates
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
John P. Madden
O'Malley & Madden, P.C.
542 So. Dearborn St., Ste. 660
Chicago Illinois 60605
Illinois Super Lawyers® Rising Star for
2008, 2009 & 2011
Vice-Chair: Chicago Bar Association
Labor & Employment Law Committee