Marlene Fuentes Tressler LLP

Fuentes, Marlene S. Associate

Fuentes, Marlene S. Associate

Practice Focus

Marlene Fuentes is an associate in Tressler's Government Practice Group. Marlene's practice focuses on day-to-day operations and administrative proceedings for government clients, particularly educational institutions and municipalities. She has extensive experience in administrative hearings, student discipline, labor and employment, board policies, general and special education matters, litigation and contractual issues.

Prior to joining Tressler, Marlene was Senior Assistant General Counsel for the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, a position covering approximately 400,000 students in over 600 schools across Chicago. In this role, Marlene served as the lead legal counsel for CPS and Chicagoland charter schools for all matters stemming from IDEA and Section 504. She has extensive experience in due process litigation, administrative hearings and handling ISBE and OCR complaints. 

Professional Background

Before working at Chicago Public Schools, Marlene worked for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, where she concentrated on compliance with all discrimination and disability policies and the ADA. She also clerked at the City of Chicago, where she litigated administrative hearing cases.

Memberships & Affiliations

Chicago Bar Association
Member of the IASB/IASC Special Education Committee

Recent Articles and Blogs


Presentations & Events


“Navigating a Harassment/Discrimination Free Workplace,” IAPD/IPRA Soaring to New Heights Conference, Chicago, January 27, 2023

"Are You Allowed to Do That? School District Ethics," IASB-IASA-IASBO Joint Conference, Chicago, November 19, 2022