Andres Allegos

Andrés J. Gallegos

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Andrés J. Gallegos is a Partner of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He focuses his practice on disability rights, business and healthcare law. Andrés is one of the country’s leading disability rights attorneys and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

Before joining HSPRD, Andrés was a shareholder at Robbins DiMonte, Ltd., where he founded and directed the law firm’s national disability rights practice, focused primarily on improving access to healthcare and wellness programs for persons across all categories of disabilities. Through Andrés’ direction and leadership, a three-prong approach of education (for consumers and providers), advocacy, and, when required, litigation, was used to effectuate systemic change. Andrés led negotiations that compelled seven of the leading national eye care providers, two of the leading national dental care providers and two leading national providers of retail health clinics to modify their exam or operatory rooms, where required, among other things, to ensure persons with mobility disabilities utilizing wheelchairs receive care and treatment comparable to that received by their nondisabled counterparts. He led the practice’s Structured Negotiation with healthcare systems, managed care organizations and hospitals, among others, to address the varied needs of all categories of people with disabilities.

That disability rights practice received the Outstanding Achievement Award from The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the Excellence in Accessibility Advocacy Award from the Illinois Association of the Deaf.

Andrés also provides advice and counsel to healthcare and other entities on compliance matters relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as state and local human and civil rights laws, ordinances, and regulations. Andrés represents individuals, and classes of individuals, with disabilities to address violations of those civil and human rights laws. In 2022, Andrés and his litigation team were approved by a Federal District Court Judge to serve as class counsel in a case addressing neglected public right-of-way throughout a Central Illinois municipality on behalf of a certified class of people with mobility disabilities.

In February 2018, Andrés received a congressional appointment to the National Council on Disability, a federal independent agency that advises the President, Congress and federal agencies on all policy matters affecting persons with disabilities in the country and in its territories. In January 2021, on the afternoon of his inauguration, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. appointed Andrés to be the Chairman the National Council on Disability.

Andrés was recently elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association on Health & Disability, a cross-disability national nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring health equity for children and adults with disabilities through policy, research, education, and dissemination. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago’s Center for Independent Living, and was been a member of its Board from 2010 – 2022. Andres is also a member of the Board of Directors of Disability Lead, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase civic engagement and diverse leadership in the Chicago region by developing and building a network of leaders with disabilities. Andrés is a former two-term member of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois, appointed by the Illinois governor in 2010.

In November 2018, Andrés was named to the Healthy Children and Families Transition Committee for Illinois governor-elect J.B. Pritzker’s transition team and was subsequently tasked to co-chair the transition team’s Committee on Equality, Equity and Opportunity. In addition, Andrés was selected as a Delegate by the National Council on Disability to its Summit on National Disability Policy in 2010. He was the co-founder and the co-chairman of Illinois in Motion, a coalition fostering spinal cord injury cure research funding. In that capacity, Andrés’ advocacy before the Illinois legislature in the 2000 and 2005 legislative sessions was instrumental in the passage of the spinal cord injury awareness month (September) declaration, and spinal cord injury cure research funding legislation.

Andrés is a frequent lecturer, at the national and local level, on the disability rights movement, health equity for persons with disabilities, the rights of persons with disabilities under Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the application of the federal antidiscrimination laws to healthcare providers. He has authored articles on those topics appearing in state and national publications. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Illinois Chicago’s medical school and law school.

In May 2022, Andrés delivered the commencement address to the 204th graduating class of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Public Service honoris causa. In 2015, Andrés was the recipient of the prestigious Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities in recognition of his outstanding leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross disability community.

Andrés is of Chilean descent and a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served honorably for fourteen years. Andrés graduated with Honors from the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Andrés is a member of the disability community, Class of 1996, having sustained a spinal cord injury, resulting in quadriplegia. In September 2014, Andrés ascended, in a manual wheelchair, to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, along the Pikes Peak Highway, in support of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. It took him just over six hours to reach the summit, at an elevation of 14,100 feet from its base at an elevation of 7,300 feet.


Education

Saint Louis University School of Law, Juris Doctorate (1993)
University of Southern Mississippi, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Honors (1989)

Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1993)
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois (2013)

Memberships / Associations

Member, Disability Rights Bar Association
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Chairman, National Council on Disability (January 2021 – present)
Council Member, National Council on Disability (February 2018 – January 2021)
Board Member, the American Association on Health & Disability (February 2022 - present)
Board Member, Disability Lead (August 2020 – present)
Past–Chairman of the Board of Directors, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, January 2017-2020; Board Member (May 2010 – 2022)
Co-Chair, Committee on Equality, Equity and Opportunity; and Member, Healthy Children and Families Transition Committee for Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker’s transition team, (November 2018 – January 2010) appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to be a member of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois, serving two terms; and the Governor’s Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Co-Founder and past Chairman, Illinois in Motion, a grassroots coalition fostering spinal cord injury cure research (January 2000 – September 2005)

Presentations & Publications

Andrés is a frequent lecturer, at the national and local level, on the disability rights movement, rights of persons with disabilities under Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as the application of those federal laws to healthcare providers.

Co-Presenter, Successful Innovations in Health Equity for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, National Associations of Councils on Developmental Disability, Worlds Imagined, Annual Conference (July 21, 2022)

Presenter, A Voice for Health Equity, Stanford University School of Medicine, Disability Conference (April 23, 2022)

Presenter, National Action for Health Equity, United Nations World Health Day 2022, Global Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Guest Lecturer, Bioethics & The Law, University of Illinois of Chicago Law School (March, 2022)

Presenter, Scaling Workforce Solutions, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Workshop: Optimizing Care Systems for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (December 14, 2021)

Presenter, Health Equity for People with Disabilities, Missouri Governor’s Council on Disability (August, 2021)

Co–Presenter, The Unmasking of Ableism in Healthcare Settings During the Pandemic: Lessons Learned and Strategies to Combat Against Them, National Council on Independent Living 2021 Annual Conference on Independent Living (July 23, 2021)

Presenter, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Grand Rounds, The Long Road to Health Equity for People with Disabilities, July 21, 2021, Chicago, Illinois

Keynote Speaker, National Council on Disability: A Federal Voice, American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry 2021 Virtual Annual Conference (June 4, 2021)

Presenter, Accessible Healthcare for Persons with Paralysis and Mobility Disabilities, a trilogy of webinar presentations for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, July (August & September 2020)

Presenter, Acting B-A-D: A Patient Advocacy Strategy, 2019 Annual Conference on Independent Living, National Council on Independent Living, Washington, DC (July, 2019)

Keynote Speaker, Disability Based Discrimination: Where’s the Outrage? Improving Acute, Primary and Transitional Health Care with People with Disabilities (Follow-Up) Conference, Rush University, Chicago (April, 2018)

Keynote Speaker, Unmasking the Potential of Persons with Disabilities, October 2015, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana

Co-presenter, 2017 National ADA Symposium, ADA National Network, Naperville, Illinois, Disability Access in Healthcare: The Basics and Disability Access in Healthcare: Advanced (June, 2017)

Languages

English
Spanish

Awards

Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, Saint Louis University, May 2022.
Appointed as Chairman of the National Council on Disability by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., on January 20, 2021.
Congressional Appointment to the National Council on Disability by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, February 2018.
Recipient, American Association of People with Disabilities Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, March 2015.
Appointed as the 2009 – 2011 Co-Chair of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section Health Law Committee.
Selected as a Delegate by the National Council on Disability to its Summit on National Disability Policy 2010.
Selected as the 2007-2008 Business Law Diplomat, American Bar Association, Business Law Section, appointed to the Section’s Health Law, Intellectual Property Law and Diversity Committees.

Representative Matters

Patricia Berardi, et al., individually and on behalf of persons similarly situated, v. City of Pekin, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Peoria Division, Case Number: 1:18-cv-01438

Kathleen Audia v. Briar Place, Ltd., U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Case Number: 1:17-cv-06618

Beverly Beard, Barbara Cody and Myrna Felix v. Springfield Clinic, LLP, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case Number: 1:15-cv-01209.

The Equal Rights Center, a not-for-profit, Sheila Fisher, the legal guardian of Devora Fisher, Edith Prentiss, Monica Kamal, Patricia Thomas and Jean Ryan, individually and on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated v. Kohl’s Corporation, a Wisconsin corporation, and Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., a Wisconsin corporation, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Case No. 1:14-cv-08259.

Dana Craig, Roy Freeman, Sonja Renia Holzhauer, individually, as Independent Executor of the Estate of Mary Alice Freeman, Teri-Lyn Calhoun, and George Calhoun, Christopher Meskimen, by and through his legal guardian, Barbara Meskimen, Kurt Williams, Lynette Williams, Melissa Kearney, Tim Kearney, Karen Batts, Tom Meinders, Diane Meinders, Michael Bues, Wendi Bues, Kim Tarkowski, and Sandra Nieukirk, individually and on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated v. OSF Healthcare System, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, and OSF Multispecialty Group – Eastern Region, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 13-cv-01285.

Javier Robles, Rebecca Wylie, Linda Miller, and Dana Craig, individually and on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated v. CVS Caremark Corporation, a Delaware corporation, MinuteClinic, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and MinuteClinic Diagnostics of Illinois, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 13-cv-3462.

Linda Miller and Rebecca Wylie, individually and on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated v. Walgreens, Co., an Illinois corporation, Take Care Health Systems, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and Take Care Health Systems, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 13-cv-3402.

Thaddeus Jessie, Robert Petty and Rebecca Wylie, individually and on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated v. DentalCare Partners, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, and Dental One, Inc., a Delaware corporation, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 1:13-cv-08848.

Monica Kamal, Rebecca Wylie and Javier Robles, individually on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a Delaware corporation, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 11-CV-1784.

Javier Robles, Monica Kamal and Rebecca Wylie, individually on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, a Washington corporation, U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Case No. 11-CV-1785.

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