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Monica concentrates her practice on commercial and business litigation. Monica has represented individual and business clients in litigation in state and federal courts in Illinois as well as in commercial arbitrations. Her focus on commercial disputes includes matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other business torts. Monica has experience in all aspects of pre-trial and post-trial activity, including motion practice, discovery, settlement negotiations and appeals.
Additionally, Monica represents school district clients in various aspects of educational law, including, reorganization of school districts under the Illinois School Code, Illinois Election Code, and related federal law. She has counseled clients in the administrative procedures and regulations in drafting and enforcing deactivation agreements, closing and sale of school building, assessment of school finances and taxes, and negotiations with school boards and regional offices of education. Monica also advises clients on a variety of employment issues in business practices, including, employee benefits, Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Monica also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representation of individuals in family law matters. Monica was a recipient of the 2015 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the Peoria County Bar Association and Prairie State Legal Services, a leading non-profit legal services provider in Northern and Central Illinois.
During law school, Monica gained litigation experience as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney's Office for Northern District of Iowa. She also served as a research assistant to Professor William G. Buss in the areas of comparative constitutional law and family law. Monica was awarded the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence and was indicted into the Pro Bono Society, where she volunteered primarily with Iowa Legal Aid and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Chicago. She also served as President of the Asian American Law Student Association and was elected to the Executive Board of the Iowa Student Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. Monica is fluent in Korean.