Maggie Hickey is a partner with the national law firm Schiff Hardin LLP, where she leads the White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Practice Group and serves as deputy leader of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. In 2019, Maggie was appointed as the independent monitor to oversee implementation of the multi-year consent decree for the Chicago Police Department. She was tapped in 2018 by the Board of Education of the City of Chicago to lead an independent review of the school district’s policies and procedures following the Chicago Tribune’s investigation that revealed cases where students were sexually abused by Chicago Public School employees. That same year, after several sexual harassment complaints emerged involving the Illinois House of Representatives, Maggie was handpicked by multiple state representatives to investigate sexual harassment within all departments of the Speaker’s office.
Maggie joined Schiff after a notable career in public service. In 2015, she was appointed Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor, an independent executive branch state agency that ensures accountability across state government, nine state public universities, and four Chicago-area regional transportation boards. During her tenure, Maggie was chair of the Illinois Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force, a comprehensive effort to prevent and eliminate health care fraud, waste, and abuse in state-administered health care programs.
Born and raised in Chicago’s Near South Side, Maggie is dedicated to giving back to her community. For many years, she served as chair and board member of the now-defunct Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, which provided thousands of elementary and secondary students with much-needed civic education. Maggie is also a Circle Member of the Oak Park Infant Welfare Society, which provides quality medical, dental, and social services to children unable to afford private care. For eight years, Maggie also served on the board of directors for the Mikva Challenge Foundation, which strives to advance civic education, engagement, and empowerment among Chicago students.