David Baltmanis


Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.
325 N. LaSalle St. Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 751-1170
Email: dbaltmanis@lawmbg.com
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Mr. Baltmanis joined the firm as an associate in 2011.  He graduated magna cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review and was selected for Order of the Coif.  He then served as a law clerk to a federal appellate and a federal district judge prior to joining the firm.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, primarily representing plaintiffs.  He has extensive experience in state and federal trial courts, and has authored or co-authored merits and amicus briefs in state courts of last resort, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

At the firm, he has worked on the following matters:

False Claims Act/consumer protection/Government Representation

Mr. Baltmanis has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for a number of state governments suing dozens of pharmaceutical manufacturers for pricing practices that allegedly violate state false claims, Medicaid fraud, and consumer protection laws. He has participated in all phases of litigation, from fact and expert discovery and motion practice through multiple trials and appeals.  

Employment litigation

Mr. Baltmanis has worked on a variety of employment litigation matters on behalf of plaintiffs, as well as defendants in the health care and non-profit sectors.  His work has focused on employment discrimination and retaliation, employee compensation, severance disputes, non-compete agreements, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA").  Mr. Baltmanis has also advised employers and labor organizations regarding employee personnel policies and non-discrimination obligations.

Civil rights/wrongful convictions

Mr. Baltmanis has worked on a number of civil rights matters, including individual and class-action employment discrimination cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  He has also served as counsel in § 1983 cases concerning alleged constitutional violations committed by municipal governments, and allegations of excessive force.  Mr. Baltmanis has also authored or co-authored scholarly work and amicus briefs on federal civil rights law and international law. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Baltmanis spent two years investigating and litigating wrongful conviction cases in the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Center on Wrongful Convictions, conducting numerous investigative interviews and authoring multiple trial petitions and appellate briefs on behalf of the Center's clients.

Environmental Litigation

Along with attorneys, Sarah Siskind and Scott Entin, Mr. Baltmanis helped to develop the firm's Environmental Litigation practice. His environmental practice focuses on protecting people and their property from corporate polluters.

Organized bar and community service activities

Since 2011, Mr. Baltmanis has served on the executive board of the Justice Council of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law's Bluhm Legal Clinic, an organization which works to work to raise money for the Center on Wrongful Convictions, expand its constituency, and educate the general public about wrongful convictions and the need for criminal justice reform.

Mr. Baltmanis is as a member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, and has worked on systemic reform efforts in the area of criminal justice as a part of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice's Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.


James E. Pfander & David Baltmanis, Rethinking Bivens: Legitimacy and Constitutional Adjudication, 98 Geo. L.J. 117 (2009).

James E. Pfander & David Baltmanis, W(h)ither Bivens? 161 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 231 (2013)


J.D. Northwestern University, 2009. Honors: Magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Senior research honors

B.A. Northwestern University, 2004

Legal employment

Associate, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., 2011-

Law clerk to the Hon. Gary Feinerman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2010- 2011

Law clerk to the Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2009-2010

Bar Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court (2009)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2010)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2011)

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2010)

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2011)

Supreme Court of the United States (2013)