Our firm was profiled today in Crain’s Chicago Business:
The same name appears again and again on some of the highest-profile lawsuits filed against the city of Chicago, its school board and its park district: attorney Thomas Geoghegan.
Not that he’s racked up the wins. The Chicago Board of Education closed almost 50 schools in 2013 despite a lawsuit backed by the Chicago Teachers Union. A district court dismissed the League of Women Voters of Chicago’s challenge to the city’s new ward boundaries. Even a lawsuit challenging the widely reviled parking meter deal by the Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization was dismissed by the trial judge.
But Geoghegan, 66, rejects the notion that he tilts at windmills. “I wouldn’t bring a quixotic case, in part because they are so challenging,” he says. “You can’t bring these cases unless you’re right on the law.”
Now he’s challenging the city again. Geoghegan is representing Friends of the Parks in its attempt to block the Chicago Park District from handing over lakefront land for a museum to be built by “Star Wars” director George Lucas. The lawsuit argues that because the area south of Soldier Field is a landfill “recovered from the navigable waters of Lake Michigan,” it belongs to the state of Illinois and is subject to the public trust doctrine, meaning it must be preserved for public enjoyment. The city argues the land, currently a parking lot, belongs to the park district, and it has filed a motion to dismiss the suit. The court is expected to rule within days.