Overview

Ines Monte is a trusted legal adviser to executives, in-house counsel and human resources professionals for companies of all sizes, ranging from start-ups to global enterprises, across many industries including retail, financial services, manufacturing, technology, and media. Apart from providing legal advice on all types of workforce issues, Ines is a seasoned litigator experienced in class action harassment and discrimination suits, as well as wage and hour class litigation. Her diverse legal background allows her to provide clients strategic and practical legal advice on the full scope of employment law matters. Her goal is to help clients efficiently manage their legal risks, while complying with ever-changing legal requirements.

Before joining Littler, Ines developed substantial experience in systemic class litigation as a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Chicago District Office, where she litigated high-impact harassment and discrimination cases under the ADA, Title VII, and the ADEA. Apart from her EEOC experience management-side private practice, Ines also served as the first general counsel for a commercial maintenance company employing over 5,000 unionized and non-unionized employees. In that role, she re-engineered the company’s litigation and charge-handling procedures to substantially reduce legal expenses and exposure. She also reduced in-house legal spend by implementing effective training, complaint reporting, and complaint investigation procedures to reduce the number of employee complaints to outside agencies.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Hispanic National Bar Association

Member

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

Member

Federal Bar Association

Board Member

Friends of Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook

2014-present

Member

Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois U.S. District Court

Member

The University of Chicago Law Review

Recognition

Fellow

The University of Chicago Law School

Skadden Foundation

Speaking Engagements

Second Annual Colombia Conference

Bogotá

October 19, 2016
Segunda Conferencia Anual en Colombia

Bogotá

October 19, 2016
Second Annual Mexico Conference - Mexico City

México City

October 5, 2016
Segunda Conferencia Anual en México - Ciudad de México

México City

October 5, 2016
Second Annual Mexico Conference - Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

October 4, 2016
Segunda Conferencia Anual en México - Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

October 4, 2016

Guest Commentator, Employment Law and Workplace Privacy

NBC’s The Today Show

Guest Lecturer, Employment Discrimination Law

DePaul University School of Law

Guest Lecturer, Mediation Skills

The University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic

Faculty Presenter

Practicing Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Employment Law

Faculty Presenter

Chicago Law Bulletin Seminar’s Annual Employment Law Conference

Education

  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1996
  • B.A., Purdue University, 1993summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Bar Admission

Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit