M. Nieves Bolanos


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Maria de las Nieves Bolaños has been with the firm since 2008 and has been a Partner since 2017. She represents plaintiffs in wage and hour, False Claims Act, and employment discrimination and retaliation litigation. She has significant litigation experience at the state and federal level, as well as with local administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board. Nieves’ experience includes representation of single plaintiffs, class and collective actions at all stages of litigation, and she has litigated False Claims Act cases to verdict.

Nieves is a 2009 graduate of DePaul University College of Law. She serves on the Executive Board and Executive Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), as well as its Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, Low Wage Worker Practice Group, and Legislative Action Committee. She is also a member of NELA’s Illinois affiliate, the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), the National Lawyers Guild’s Chicago Labor and Employment Committee, and serves on the ARISE Chicago Legal Advisory Board. She is Board Member for In These Times.

Nieves has been a presenting panelist on E-Discovery and summary judgment at the NELA Illinois’ Seventh Circuit Conference, on various employment law issues at NELA’s Annual Conventions, and on Wage and Hour Litigation Updates for the CBA’s Young Lawyers Labor and Employment Committee. She also volunteers with Interfaith Worker Justice, the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, and is fluent in Spanish.

Nieves was recognized as a top rated employment litigation attorney in Illinois in 2017 and 2018, earning a “Rising Star” designation from Illinois Super Lawyers.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois