Eric Madiar is a Springfield-based lobbyist and attorney with over 15 years of experience in the legislative, litigation, and regulatory arenas, and he has significant relationships with decision-makers in both the Illinois House and Senate.
He launched Madiar Government Relations LLC in December 2014. Most recently, Eric served as the Chief Legal Counsel to Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton and acted as Senate Parliamentarian since January 2009. During that time, he was also the ethics officer for the Senate Democratic Caucus and the Senate's Freedom of Information (FOIA) officer. Eric was President Cullerton's point person on public pension reform legislation and also drafted the rules for the Senate's historic 2009 impeachment trial of then-Governor Rod Blagojevich.
He has extensive experience drafting, negotiating, and shepherding legislation affecting public utilities and telecommunications, gaming, property tax exemptions, economic development, the election code, the procurement code, municipal home rule authority, venture capital, and executive agency reorganizations.
His career began in the Illinois House of Representatives where he served as Assistant Legal Counsel to Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, from 2000-2003. From there, Eric moved to the Illinois Commerce Commission as Staff Legal Counsel where he represented the Commission staff in numerous litigation matters and advised the Commission on legislation affecting the agency's statutory duties. After two years at the ICC, he transitioned into the private sector as a partner track associate at Freeborn & Peters LLP, where his practice focused on legislative affairs and regulatory compliance issues.
Born and raised in Chicago, Eric received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his B.A. in History from Truman State University. In 2012, he was named one of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's 40 Under 40, and in the same year, received the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association's Person of the Year Award for legal research on the Illinois Constitution's Public Pension Clause. The Lake Park High School Educational Foundation recognized him with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. In February of 2015, he was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin with news of launching Madiar Government Relations LLC.
An active member of Blessed Sacrament Parish, he is also a member of the Young Philanthropists and the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Government and Policy Affairs at the University of Illinois. Springfield residents since 2005, Eric and his wife Jennifer have three young children.