Baldemar has over a decade of government experience stretching from his early career at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) to his tenure in Governor Pat Quinn’s office on the legislative affairs team as Assistant Chief of Staff and Legislative Counsel. While in the Governor’s Office, Baldemar represented the Governor’s legislative priorities in the Illinois General Assembly — supervising legislative liaisons from several state agencies, and analyzing and drafting legislation. Baldemar assisted Central Management Services, the Department of Labor, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Illinois Labor Relations Board, the Department of Human Rights, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, to develop policy and push their legislative agendas. Some of Baldemar’s accomplishments in the Governor’s office include passing the omnibus procurement bill of 2012, passing the election law omnibus bill, which required election administrators to implement on-line registration for all Illinois voters, and passing the Driver’s Licenses Initiative for undocumented individuals. In addition to developing a wide knowledge of procurement, regulatory, and other policy areas, Baldemar developed experience in immigration law. Baldemar heads the firm’s immigration practice. Baldemar has had a wide range of success helping employers and families with their immigration related issues. He specifically prides himself in providing a vigorous defense for individuals in ICE custody. Baldemar earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois with High Honors. Baldemar also serves on the Hoffman Estates Economic Development and Capital Improvements Commissions, is member of both the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association, is a member of the Illinois Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation board, is the chairman of the board for the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project and is a proud member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
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