Winnefred A. Monu’s practice focuses on civil rights litigation, immigration law, insurance law and real estate disputes. Prior to joining O’Connor & Battle, Ms. Monu practiced as an immigration attorney with a Chicago law office managing employment-based immigration applications, H-1B visas, and submissions to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. She was also an attorney for the City of Chicago representing the city in litigation and in administrative hearings prosecuting municipal code violations. Ms. Monu also worked as an associate attorney with a Chicago law office handling civil rights claims, collection matters, personal injury defense, foreclosures, and contract cases.
Ms. Monu received a Masters of Law, cum laude, in International Law from American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., a Juris Doctor from UIC John Marshall Law School, Chicago, and Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated with a major in political science specializing in urban politics. While in law school, Ms. Monu clerked with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Public Interest Bureau where she analyzed the Illinois Whistleblower Act and seal provision violations in relation to the False Claims Act. In 2007, she served as a legislative immigration intern for Senator Barack Obama.
Ms. Monu’s professional affiliations include NAMWOLF, the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Cook County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. She also serves as Committee Representative of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association. Ms. Monu is a volunteer of the Pan-African Association and Erie Neighborhood House, Citizenship and Immigration Workshop.