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Jessica Milligan

Senior Attorney
fax +1 616.608.1174

Jessica Milligan counsels public school districts in all aspects of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, contract interpretation, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practices. She works closely with school administrators in matters related to employee hiring, evaluations, misconduct investigations, discipline and termination, workplace discrimination and harassment, and employee leave and accommodation requests.

Jessica also defends public employers in state and federal court involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Title VII.

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Jessica advised school districts throughout both Michigan and Illinois on labor and employment matters.


J.D., cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan


American Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association

Illinois Council of School Attorneys

Michigan Bar Association

National Council of School Attorneys

State Bar Licenses

Illinois, Michigan

Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Illinois
U.S. District Ct., C.D. of Illinois
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Illinois
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
Supreme Court of Illinois
Supreme Court of Michigan

Recent Publications

  • Contributing author, “Employment Discrimination,” School Law: Personnel and Student Issues, IICLE (2021 Edition)

Recent Presentations

  • Navigating Payroll Laws: Wages and Recordkeeping Requirements, Illinois Association of School Business Officials (September 2021; March 2021; March 2020)
  • Collective Bargaining Strategies and Tips, Illinois Community College Trustees Association Annual Convention (June 2021)
  • Employee Misconduct Investigations and Discipline During a Pandemic: Best Practices to Minimize Employer Liability, Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators Annual Conference (January 2021)
  • Leave and Accommodation Rights in the COVID-19 Workplace, Illinois Council of School Attorneys and Illinois Association of School Boards (October 2020)
  • Free Speech on Campus, Illinois Community College Chief Student Service Officers (March 2020)