Chicago Employment Attorney Jemelle Cunningham

Committed to Protecting Employee Rights

With a youthful energy and passion for justice that sets her apart from other lawyers, Chicago employment attorney Jemelle Cunningham stands up to employers who fail to follow state and federal employment laws. Jemelle not only offers clients an attentive ear and sound legal advice, she empowers employees to stand up for their rights in matters involving workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes.

Professional Experience

In 2010, Jemelle founded LAD Law Group, P.C., a firm dedicated to protecting the rights of Chicago’s workforce. Prior to branching out on her own, Jemelle focused on employment law, civil rights litigation and education law at a boutique Chicago law firm, specializing in array of civil rights, discrimination, and employment issues. As one of the firm’s valued attorneys, Jemelle represented employees in state and federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and state and federal court. Prior to, Jemelle clerked at the Law Office of Lonny Ben Ogus while completing her law degree at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

In recognition of her work, Jemelle was selected as a Rising Star in the 2017 Class of Superlawyers.

Community Involvement

Beyond the courtroom, Jemelle reaches out to Chicago residents by volunteering on a regular basis. Her commitment to community service includes:

  • Providing pro bono services as general legal counsel for Struggling Youth Equals Successful Adults (SYESA), an organization that provides mentorship and other services for struggling youth who are in foster care or wards of the state
  • Teaching a free community legal awareness class to South Side residents each month
  • Partnering with and co-sponsoring the first annual spring charity event for Generation Mirror, a non-profit organization that works to change the way young people view eating disorders

Additionally, Jemelle teaches employment discrimination courses at DePaul University College of Law. She also formerly worked with students at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, as an adjunct professor. She is also a member of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Educational Achievements

Jemelle earned her Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University in May 2007. As a law student, she:

  • Received a Zeke Giorgi Public Interest Fellowship in 2004
  • Served as treasurer for the Black Law Student Association from 2005 to 2006
  • Served as member of University Judicial Hearing Board

She also worked as a graduate assistant-counselor for Northern Illinois University, providing academic, career and personal counseling to undergraduate students identified as “at risk.”

Before law school, Jemelle shined as an undergraduate student at Tuskegee University, where she:

  • Spent eight consecutive semesters on the Dean’s List
  • Earned a place on the National Dean’s List
  • Was honored as an All American Scholar and featured in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • Received the James P. Quincy Award for having the highest grade point average (GPA) in the Department of History and Political Science
  • Served as president of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society from 2002 to 2003
  • Participated in Howard University’s 2003 Summer International Affairs Program sponsored by Congressman Charles B. Rangel in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in May 2004, earning the magna cum laude distinction.