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JESSICA L.
GALANOS

Associate

jgalanos@heplerbroom.com

217-993-7159

Springfield, IL

 

Areas of Practice

  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Enviromental Law
  • Personal Injury & Property Damage
  • Products Liability

Education

  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2008
  • Southern Illinois University, B.S. in Paralegal Studies, 2003

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the
    • Northern District of Illinois
    • Central District of Illinois
    • Southern District of Illinois

Practice Description


Jessica L. Galanos specializes in civil litigation and represents clients in both state and federal courts. Her areas of practice include employment law, personal injury, civil rights claims, nuisance claims, medical malpractice defense, and commercial claims. During her time at HeplerBroom, she has worked with partners in the Springfield office in taking several large cases to trial. She is also involved with the firm’s appellate practice, and has prepared briefs and appeared for oral argument before the Illinois Appellate Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association
    • Volunteer, Annual Take Your Child to Work Day moot court play
  • Government Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Sangamon County Bar Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
    • Emerging Lawyer (2017-2018)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
    • Rising Star (2016-2018)
  • Springfield Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” honoree

Law School Honors/Involvement


  • Dean’s List
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Oral Argument Award recipient, Lawyering Skills
  • SIU Law Journal
    • Casenote/Comment Editor (2007-2008)
    • Member (2006-2007)

Published Legal Writing


  • “To Decide or Not to Decide: Is that the Question? Jurisdiction of Immigration Appeals in Kambolli v. Gonzales, 449 F.3d 454 (2d Cir. 2006),” SIU Law Journal (Spring 2008, Volume 32)
  • “The Lone Second Amended Interpretation: Has it Reached the Status of ‘Superprecedent?’” SIU Law Journal (Fall 2007, Volume 32)

Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • "Sexual Harassment: Takeaways from Recent Scandals," Hepler- Broom Employment Law Seminar ( Edwardsville IL, 2018; Springfield IL, 2017)
  • "Technology in the Courtroom," Medical Evidence for Lawyers Seminar, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (Springfield IL, 2017)
  • “Developments in Employment Law,” Central Illinois Chapter, Society of Human Resource Managers (Springfield, IL 2017)
  • “Employment Practices Liability Coverage: Addressing Employment Based Claims,” Chicago, Chicago-Northwest, and West Suburban Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Chapters (Chicago IL, 2017)
  • “New Rules for Overtime,” Illinois Municipal League (Springfield IL, 2016); Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce (Springfield IL, 2016)
  • “What to Do When You or Your Business Has Been Sued,” Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce (Springfield IL, 2015) 

Representative/Recent Case Results


  • Secured defense verdict for clients alleged to have violated the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. [Stevens v. Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, et al., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Federal Ct. No. 11-CV-126-DRH (February 8, 2014)]
  • Secured judgment in favor of clients on claims of common law fraud and violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act. [Moore Living Trust, et al. v. Vocke, McLean County, Illinois, (February 25, 2016)]
  • Secured plaintiff’s verdict for our client, who was terminated for complaining that her employer violated the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, with the jury awarding both compensatory and punitive damages. [Kavanagh v. C.D.S. Office Systems, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Federal Ct. No. 12-CV-3346-SEM (December 16, 2015)]
  • Secured defense verdict for our clients in a nuisance case brought by neighbors of a hog farm seeking $7.5 million. [Marsh, et al. v. Sandstone North, LLC, Scott, County, Illinois, Case No. 10-L-3 (May 24, 2016)]
  • Secured a dismissal with prejudice for a client sued for wrongful termination. [Whitley v. Griffis, Tazewell County, Illinois, Case No. 17-SC-29 (March 10, 2017)]
  • Secured defense verdict for clients in a medical malpractice action brought against an emergency room physician and his employer. [Furgeson, et al. v. Mulshine, et al., Christian County, Illinois, Case No. 14-L-26 (August 23, 2017)]