Jeffrey I. Cummings

Jeffrey I. Cummings

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Miner, Barnhill and Galland, P.C.
 | 325 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 3127511170
Fax: 312-751-0438
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Civil Rights (20%)
Attorney Profile

I was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1987.  Between 1987 and 1989, I clerked for the Honorable Ann C. Williams, who was then a federal district court judge for the Northern District of Illinois and who now sits on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  After my clerkship, I was hired by the firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland.  I became a partner in the firm in 1995 and I have served as the firm’s co-managing partner.  Over my career, I have litigated a variety of civil cases involving employment discrimination, civil rights, the representation of whistleblowers in cases under the federal False Claims Act, medical malpractice and health care, and general commercial disputes.  I was appointed to serve as a federal court-appointed monitor of a consent decree in a race discrimination class action case in February 2008.  I have also served as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations from 1995 through the present.

About Jeffrey Cummings

Admitted: 1987, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Northwestern University School of Law Student Public Interest Fellowship Public Service Award , Northwestern University, 2005
  • Independent Precinct Organization for voting rights challenge to Chicago's 1992 ward , Legal Eagle Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Commencement Speaker, Michigan State University, James Madison College, 1992
  • Member, Board of Visitors, James Madison College at Michigan State University, 1995
  • Participant, "Project 2000,” a cultural exchange between African-American and Jewish young professionals: sponsored by the Human Relations Foundation of Chicago and the American Jewish Congress, 1997
  • Instructor, Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law "Introduction to Legal Learning" program, 1990-2000
  • Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, Introduction to Trial Advocacy, 1995
  • Guest Lecturer, for the “The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Unleashing the Power of the Ballot” class at Northwestern University, Fall 2008
  • Group Leader and Member of the Board of Directors for the Minority Legal Education Resources, a preparation program for Illinois Bar Exam, 1988-1995
  • President (1998-99) and Member of the Board of Directors, Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. (1994-Present)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Paper, "Personnel Update:  An Employer's Duty To Accommodate Mental Illness in the Workplace," Legal Problems of Museum Administration, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (March, 1998).  Co-authored and presented on March 27, 1998 with James Douglas, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, Smithsonian Institution.
  • Article, “Remind Everyone About Census 2000,” published in the December 1999 newsletter of the Illinois Association for Multilingual Multicultural Education, co-authored with Clyde Murphy, Esq. 
  • Paper, “The Administrative Hearing: A Viable Vehicle For The Enforcement Of Fair Housing Rights Within The City of Chicago.”  Presented at the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center’s “Enforcing The Fair Housing Act: New Challenges, New Opportunities” Conference (September 10, 2004).  
  • Paper, “Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: A Key Tool To Address Unlawful Dilution Of Minority Voting Strength.”  Presented at the National Bar Association’s 16th Annual Wiley A. Branton Issues Symposium titled “Voting Rights And Voting Wrongs: An Examination Of Disenfranchisement And Attempts To Deteriorate The Voting Rights Act” (October 22, 2004).  This article is attached to my Appendix (Tab A) as Tab 1. 

Educational Background:

  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1987): Graduatedcum laude and Order of the Coif.  Member of the Dean’s List and recipient of the John Henry Wigmore Full Tuition Merit Scholarship.  Staff Member for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and participant in the school’s Legal Clinic.  President of the law school’s Black Law Student Association., 1987
  • Michigan State University (B.A. in public policy studies, 1984): Graduated from James Madison College with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Member of the Honors College and the Dean’s List.  Recipient of Michigan State’s Black Student Achievement Award in 1984., 1984
Office Location for Jeffrey I. Cummings

325 N. LaSalle Street
Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60654

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Last Updated: 11/14/2018

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