Cynthia S. Grandfield
(312) 222-7000

Cynthia S. Grandfield - Senior Counsel

Cynthia Grandfield is an experienced civil litigator and trial attorney in federal and state court cases. She is Senior Counsel in Del Galdo Law Group’s Litigation Department. Ms. Grandfield has devoted her career to the representation of units of government. Her experience in representing government clients also assists her in representing private clients. Types of cases Ms. Grandfield frequently handles include: civil rights, labor and employment, employment discrimination, personal injury and premise liability defense, real estate, condemnation, construction, environmental, and contract disputes.

Ms. Grandfield is both a litigator and trial attorney. As a litigator, she has regularly obtained dismissals and summary judgments. She also guides her clients in reaching favorable settlements. As a trial lawyer, she has tried over 100 cases to verdict - ranging from one-day bench trials to multi-week jury trials.


  • Kolin/Steinhagen v. Town of Cicero - weeklong state employment discrimination bench trial; represented the Town as lead counsel and obtained verdict of zero liability for the Town.
  • DelGadillo v. Town of Cicero, et al. - three-week federal employment discrimination jury trial; represented the Town as part of trial team that obtained verdict of zero liability for Town.
  • Ho-Chunk v. Southland Sports - two-week complex commercial state jury trial; represented defense as lead counsel and limited plaintiff’s monetary recovery to 10% of their multi-million dollar trial demand.
  • Govan v. Prairie State College - represented College as lead counsel; Plaintiff agreed to voluntarily dismiss this federal employment discrimination case entirely after Ms. Grandfield conducted extensive third-party discovery that revealed fatal flaws in Plaintiff’s claims.
  • LaFond v. City of Chicago Heights, et al. - represented City and police officer as lead counsel; successfully negotiated a settlement that was less than 10% of the demand in a wrongful death of a child lawsuit that was heavily covered by the media.
  • Chicago Joe’s v. Village of Broadview, et al. - represented individual defendants as lead counsel; won summary judgment on basis of immunity in federal §1983 First Amendment case that had lasted several years with a string of attorneys from other firms filing unsuccessful dispositive motions prior to Ms. Grandfield taking over the case.
  • Sunset Lake Apartments v. Village of Justice - represented Village as lead counsel; won outright dismissal of complex state premises liability suit brought by large apartment community.


  • J.D., cum laude, DePaul College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    -Managing Editor of Notes and Comments, DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal
    -Dean’s List
    -Dean’s Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • B.S., University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
    -Dean’s List
    -Dean’s Merit Scholarship Recipient
    -Certificate of Academic Excellence in Foreign Language


  • Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General and Trial Bar)
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals