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Ryan Scott Nalley was working full time as a private
detective when he decided to practice law.  Today he is an attorney at
law concentrating in the areas of civil rights, employee rights,
criminal defense, and general civil litigation.  Mr. Nalley is dedicated
to handling a wide variety employment law related matters including,
but not limited to, actions pursuant to Title
VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964
, the Fair
Labor Standards Act of 1938
, the Fair
Housing Act
, the Illinois
Minimum Wage Law
, the Illinois
Wage Payment and Collection Act
, the American’s
with Disabilities Act
, the Illinois
Human Rights Act
, and the Family
Medical Leave Act
, as well as other common law actions and
contract disputes. 

In addition to
being a skilled litigator, he is also an effective negotiator, and has
been successful in mediation as well as in the courtroom.  He has
handled at least a dozen wage and hour cases successfully.  Further,
while working under his student licence at the John Marshall Law School
Fair Housing Legal Clinic he played a key role in the trial that lead to
the biggest verdict that a client of the clinic has ever been awarded
in a racial discrimination case.  He has also successfully litigated a
number of cases based on disability discrimination cases, sexual
harassment, religious discrimination, and national origin discrimination

Mr. Nalley grew up in Pensacola, Florida before
he moved to Chicago.  In Chicago he began studying philosophy at Loyola
University of Chicago, and later as graduate student at DePaul
University. As an undergraduate, Mr. Nalley spent a year studying in
Rome, Italy, and traveled throughout Europe and Israel. However, before
he began studying law, he spent four years working full time as a
private detective, during which time he traveled the country
investigating fraud, and assisting in criminal defense cases; including
one death penalty case.

During his years working as a private
investigator he witnessed first hand the injustices that decent people
suffer.  As a result of such experiences he was compelled to study law
in the hopes of remedying such injustices.  Today, when he takes on a
case, he does so because he believes in the cause and the client.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 75%
  2. Civil Rights: 25%



Hourly ($150-200/hour), contingent (20-38%), Retainer (always), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

The Law Offices of Ryan Scott Nalley

161 North Clark Street
Suite 4700
Chicago, IL, 60601


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200805/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
certified fraud examinerthe association of certified fraud examiners2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Student/LawyerThe John Marshal Fair Housing Legal Clinic2007 - 2008
Volunteer/internCook County Public Defender's Office2006 - 2007
Private DetectiveN.I.S. Investigations2002 - 2004
Private InvestigatorLasker Investigations2000 - 2004
Private DetectiveAtlas Investigations1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers Associationregular member2013 - Present
The U.S Northern District Court's Federal Trial BarMember2010 - Present
The Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
The Illinois Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
The Ameican Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationRegular Member2013 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Helen Teklu v. ConfidentialSettled before a federal nagistrate
Jane Doe v. Confidential CompanySettled
Jane Doe v Local School DistrictSettled after def's, lost summary judgment.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Loyola University ChicagoPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999