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Meghan A. Gonnissen


Meghan A. Gonnissen, a partner with Ford & Britton, P.C., is a trial attorney concentrating her practice in employment law, with an emphasis in discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; insurance defense, with an emphasis in transportation, construction, and professional negligence; constitutional law; civil rights litigation; and nursing home abuse and neglect.  She has experience in all aspects of litigation, including alternative dispute resolution and appellate practice.

In addition to her legal practice, Meghan is an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, her alma mater, where she teaches in their pre-law program.  Her courses include Contemporary Constitutional Issues and Law in American Society.





Supreme Court of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court Trial Bar (N.D. Ill)


Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

Juris Doctor, 2005

Center for Conflict Resolution

Trained Mediator, 2003

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

Bachelor of Science, Concentrations in Political Science, Sociology, and Law, 2003



Adjunct Professor: Illinois Institute of Technology, 2010-present

Member: Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 2011-present

Volunteer: Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., 2006-2009

Extern Mediator: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2004



Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal, Student Editor, 2003-2005

Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, Student Editor, 2004-2005



"Privacy and Technology: Newspaper Coverage from 1985 to 2003." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. (Christena Nippert-Eng, N. Nimchuk, J. Melican, N. Kotamraju, and J. Witte, co-authors), Philadelphia, PA, August, 2005. 


 “Community Leadership in Bronzeville: Helping to Improve Public Schools in an Impoverished Chicago Neighborhood.” Presented at the Inter-Professional Projects Day Conference. (L. Aletraris, A. Modjeski, S. Moore, and M. Hunt, co-presenters), Chicago, IL, May 2002.

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