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Chirag G. Badlani

F 312.604.2777
Chirag G. Badlani is a Partner of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He represents clients in a wide variety of civil matters, with a focus in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, labor and employment, and commercial litigation.

He also represents clients in asylum and refugee matters. He joined the firm in 2012.

Mr. Badlani graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law (J.D. 2008), where he served as a Production Editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics and as a Competitions Research and Writing Editor for the Moot Court Board. During law school, Mr. Badlani worked at NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. He received his B.A. from Yale College (B.A. 2003).

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Badlani was a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and to the Honorable Allyne Ross, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He also worked as a Planning Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, in the Center on Immigration and Justice.

Mr. Badlani is a member of the bar in Illinois and New York.


New York University School of Law (J.D. 2008) — magna cum laude — Order of the Coif (2008) — Production Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics — Competitions Research and Writing Editor, Moot Court Board — Finalist and Best Brief Award, Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition (2007)
Yale College (B.A. 2003) — Yale Manuscripts and Archives Senior Essay Prize


New York (2009)
Illinois (2012)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Professional Recognition

Included on the Rising Stars list in Illinois by Super Lawyers® (2020-2021)
Named to the Emerging Lawyer list by Leading Lawyers®

Memberships / Associations

Immediate Past Chair, LGBT Law Section, Federal Bar Association (FBA)
Member, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Member, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC)
Member, Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Board Member, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) Leadership Board
Treasurer, Board of Directors, Beyond Legal Aid

Presentations & Publications

Featured Speaker, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Lunch and Learn CLE Series, “Immigration Status in Employment Law,” Chicago, IL, November 2019
Panelist, University of Chicago, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights. “The Next Wave: Young Leaders in Immigration Law,” Chicago, IL, October 2018
Panelist, Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers Seminar, “ICE Enforcement in Illinois: The Challenge to Civil Rights and Access to Courts,” Chicago, IL, June 2018
Featured Speaker, Segal McCambridge Public Affairs Forum, “‘Sanctuary Cities’ – Policies and Legal Implications,” Chicago IL, March 2018
Featured Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, “Immigration Litigation Updates: DACA, Bonds, and Sanctuary Cities,” Chicago, IL, March 2018.
Panelist, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Symposium, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, “Out on Bail: A Dialogue on the Dynamic Criminal Justice Reform Movement,” Chicago, IL, February 2018.
Featured Speaker, Reed College, “Inclusive Reed Series: Sanctuary and Citizenship,” Portland, OR, September 2017.
Panelist, U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting, “‘Sanctuary Cities’ and Federal Attempts to Cut Local Funding,” Miami Beach, FL, June 2017.
Panelist, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, “Cash Bail in Cook County and Illinois,” Chicago, IL, January 2017.
Panelist, American Constitution Society (ACS) Chicago Chapter, “Education Equity and Federal Litigation,” Chicago, IL, November 2016.
Panelist, South Asian Bar Association of Chicago, “Implications of Obergefell v. Hodges on Religious Freedom and More,” Chicago, IL, October 2015.
Panelist, South Asian Bar Association (SABA) Annual Conference, “Executive Action on Immigration and Related Litigation,” Orlando, FL, June 2015.


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