Ms. Veronica Bonilla-Lopez focuses her practice on civil litigation, representing both public and private sector clients in the defense of state and federal litigation. Ms. Bonilla-Lopez’s work also includes representation of the Firm’s public sector clients before administrative and quasi-judicial bodies. Additionally, Ms. Bonilla-Lopez actively represents a governmental unit as a municipal prosecutor. Before joining Del Galdo Law Group, LLC, Ms. Bonilla-Lopez prosecuted cases as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney Office. During Ms. Bonilla-Lopez’s time at the State’s Attorney’s Office she wrote and filed appellate briefs on complicated trial issues, conducted over seventy bench trials, presented countless preliminary hearings and indictments on various felonies, and first chaired a jury trial. Through her representation of the Firm’s public sector clients, Ms. Bonilla-Lopez will continue her commitment to public service and community.
While at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Mrs. Bonilla-Lopez was in the Appellate Advocacy Honors Program as a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Moot Court Team. In addition, she was selected to partake in a London Comparative Advocacy Program, where she traveled to England to tour the court system and view a British criminal trial.
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
- Motion Practice
- Appellate Practice
- Complex Brief Writing
- Municipal Prosecutions
- Brian Zima v. City of Berwyn, et al.: The Appellate court upheld the dismissal of the City of Berwyn from the case which was filed by a terminated probationary police officer. The case was dismissed pursuant to the immunity provided for discretionary acts in the Illinois Tort Immunity Act. Veronica Bonilla-Lopez handled the case for the City of Berwyn.
- Duran v. Town of Cicero, et.al.: 6 week federal jury trial; 78 plaintiffs sued the Town of Cicero and 12 of its police officers; The defense team secured verdicts of not guilty against 55 of the 78 plaintiffs and limited plaintiffs to a monetary recovery of only 10% of their trial demand.
- Socorro Villaseñor v. Town of Cicero, et.al.: Judge Ingram of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Fourth District, granted the Town’s motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff claimed that her fall and injury was a result of the Town’s improper supervision of Nicor’s construction project to install exterior residential gas meters. Judge Ingram found that the sidewalk defect that caused the injury was deminimis as a matter of law and dismissed the Town with prejudice. Veronica Bonilla-Lopez handled the case for the Town of Cicero.
- Alejandra Perez v. Perez: Defendant Town of Cicero’s Police Officer’s motion for summary judgment was granted on the §1983 claim for deliberate indifference to medical needs and pendent state law claim for willful and wanton misconduct filed by Plaintiff Alejandra Perez, as administrator of the estate of her son, Carlos Perez. On September 14, 2005, after interaction between the decedent, his family and Cicero officers at Plaintiff’s home regarding a domestic disturbance, Carlos walked onto train tracks a short distance from his home and was struck and killed by a train. The incident was later ruled a suicide. In the Court Opinion, Judge Feinerman of the Northern District of Illinois held that the Officer could not be held liable and entered judgment in favor of Defendant on all counts. The Court reasoned that no reasonable juror could find that the Officer exhibited deliberate indifference to decedent’s psychological needs. Similarly, for these same reasons and also because Plaintiff failed to establish proximate cause between the Officer’s actions and Carlos’ death, the Court found Plaintiff failed to establish the willful and wanton misconduct claim. The Court further determined that even if Plaintiff could surmount the deficiency of proof, the Officer is entitled to qualified immunity. The motion for summary judgment and related documents were prepared by Veronica Bonilla-Lopez.
Veronica is fluent in Spanish and prides herself in giving back to her community. Her professional involvement includes the following:
- Board Member, Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89
- Trustee, Village of Melrose Park Library Board
- Member of the Illinois State Bar Association
- Mentor, Loyola University School of Law Diversity Mentorship Program
- J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
- B.S., Loyola University of Chicago
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois