Judson H. Miner


Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.
325 N. LaSalle St. Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 751-1170
Email: jminer@lawmbg.com
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After completing a post-law school clerkship with the Honorable Simon Sobeloff, Mr. Miner returned to Chicago on a Reginald Heber Smith fellowship to bring test cases under the newly enacted civil rights laws and in the consumer fraud areas. After his fellowship in 1971, he founded the law firm presently known as Miner, Barnhill & Galland, and since then has specialized in civil litigation, primarily class actions under the federal and state civil rights laws and the United States Constitution. He has also litigated a number of cases under the federal and Illinois False Claims Acts. In addition, Mr. Miner has extensive appellate experience, having argued dozens of cases in the Seventh, Fifth, and District of Columbia Circuits and has been responsible for the briefing and/or argument in five cases in the United States Supreme Court.

The following is a summary of the areas in which he has concentrated:

Civil rights litigation

Mr. Miner has successfully represented plaintiffs in matters involving employment discrimination under the United States Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act. He is a nationally recognized expert in litigation under the Voting Rights Act, and has handled extensive litigation involving housing discrimination, discriminatory insurance practices, and police misconduct. He has been lead counsel in some of the largest and most significant employment discrimination class actions, including lawsuits that broke down racial and gender barriers in the construction industry, Chicago's fire and police departments, and some of the country's largest companies. He was recently retained by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to oversee the 2012 redistricting of the Cook County board.

Municipal law

Mr. Miner served as corporation counsel for the City of Chicago under Mayors Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyier. As such, he oversaw the city's legal practice in every aspect of municipal law, and interacted extensively with the state and with other local units of government.

False Claims Act litigation

Mr. Miner has litigated, on behalf of whistleblowers and both the federal and state governments, a number of false claims act cases that have recovered multi-millions of dollars. He successfully argued in the United States Supreme Court for the right to bring such claims on behalf of the United States against local units of government. He also has represented a major local governmental body in False Claims Act litigation.

Litigation in other areas

Mr. Miner has represented clients in litigation under the federal antitrust, RICO, ERISA and consumer laws, and cases involving issues of free speech and the separation of church and state under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. He has also represented corporate executives in severance disputes.

Community service activities and awards

Mr. Miner has served on the Chicago Steering Committee of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (1975-86); the board of Directors of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (1984- 86 and 1990-present); the Governing Council of the American Jewish Congress, where he chaired its Committee on Law and Social Policy (1990-1996). He was Chairman of the Insurance Consumers Advisory Panel of the Illinois Department of Insurance (1969-71).

Mr. Miner has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Anti-Defamation League of Chicago, and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (1979).

Bar associations and related activities

Founder and First President, Chicago Council of Lawyers, 1972-74

Board of Governors, Chicago Council of Lawyers, 1974 -78

Member, Illinois Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Vacancies, 1976-79

Delegate, House of Delegates, American Bar Association, 1980-83

Member, Merit Selection Committee on Judicial Vacancies for the Northern District of Illinois, 1992-96


J.D., University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1967. Honors: Associate Editor, Law Review, 1964-67.

London School of Economics, 1963-64

B.A., Northwestern University, 1963

Legal employment

Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago Law School, 1995-97

Shareholder, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., 1989-present

Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago, 1986-1989

Founding partner, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1972-1986

Reginald Heber Smith Fellow (bringing test cases under the newly enacted Civil Rights Act of 1968), 1969-70

Law Clerk to the Honorable Simon E. Sobeloff, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1967-1969

Bar Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court, 1968

U. S. Supreme Court, 1973

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1968

U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1968

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1977

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1979