Over the course of her thirty-year career as a litigator, Amy Hijjawi has distinguished herself through her ability to quickly digest and analyze highly complex legal issues arising under a broad and diverse range of federal and state statutory and common law, and to investigate, distill and master highly complex fact scenarios in both commercial and civil litigation.
Prior to joining Hale & Monico, Amy was a partner and counsel at three of the largest, nationally-ranked law firms in the country where she represented clients in an array of commercial disputes, including global domestic and multinational/cross-border liability management and restructurings with an emphasis on insolvency and restructuring related disputes, business torts, contract and joint venture disputes, financial institution disputes, fraud and unfair competition disputes, trade secret disputes, and federal and state regulatory disputes. Amy has represented some of the nation’s largest domestic and multi-national corporations, financial institutions, government organizations and agencies, and individual stockholders in the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, and the Illinois Circuit and Appellate Courts. Amy has also investigated and uncovered, and been appointed as special counsel to investigate, financial fraud and money laundering in a number of high-profile bankruptcy proceedings.
Throughout her career, Amy has been committed to providing pro bono legal services. Her interest in civil rights litigation developed through her pro bono work and led to her decision to join Hale & Monico in 2014 and concentrate her practice on civil rights litigation. Some of Amy’s most notable pro bono experiences include: working with the Commission of Experts, established pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 780, to investigate and evaluate allegations of ethnic cleansing and other war crimes for referral for prosecution to the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; working with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, in conjunction with the Civil Rights Unit of the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, to represent and provide support to hate crime victims during the criminal prosecutions of the perpetrators of the crimes; working with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, Juvenile Division, to prosecute enforcement actions in Illinois circuit and appellate courts to improve the living conditions of wards of the State, and, pursuant to court appointment, working with Andy Hale in securing the reversal of the conviction and release from prison of a man who had been wrongfully incarcerated for over 47 years.