Sean Morales-Doyle

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Sean Morales-Doyle Phone:312-372-2511 ext. 14 Email: smoralesdoyle@dsgchicago.com
Sean Morales-Doyle
312-372-2511 ext. 14

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Sean Morales-Doyle is an experienced litigator who joined the firm in 2011. He has represented workers and unions in a wide variety of cases, including employment discrimination, wage and hour, employee misclassification, ERISA, Railway Labor Act, National Labor Relations Act, and Labor Management Relations Act matters. He has also litigated a number of constitutional and civil rights matters, including cases involving free speech rights, voting rights, gerrymandering, police misconduct, race discrimination, sexual harassment, and the Illinois Civil Rights Act. He has advocated on behalf of consumers in a number of consumer fraud cases against payday lenders and other predatory businesses. Sean has appeared in both state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, and has also participated in arbitration and mediation. He has experience at trial, in oral argument, and in preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order hearings.

Prior to joining the firm, Sean served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Hibbler of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois in the Special Litigation Bureau, where he investigated and litigated cases involving consumer fraud and false claims.

Sean received his undergraduate and law degrees from Northwestern University.  He is admitted to practice in Illinois state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He was born and raised in Urbana, Illinois. He now resides in the Kenwood-Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and daughter.


Education, Bar Admissions and Memberships

Education

Northwestern University

  • J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif (2007)
  • B.A. (2004)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships

  • Arise Chicago Worker Center’s Legal Advisory Committee
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Alumni Leadership Council
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA), Chicago Chapter
  • National Lawyers’ Guild (NLG) – Chicago

Representative Matters

  • In two suits under First Amendment, won temporary restraining order and two preliminary injunctions allowing public sector unions to distribute flyers and engage in public demonstrations regarding both local politics and collective bargaining matters
  • Litigated a “hybrid Section 301” class action lawsuit alleging a breach of a collective bargaining agreement by employers and a breach of the duty of fair representation by the union through cross-motions for summary judgment and settlement
    • Obtained finding of fact in favor of class on summary judgment
    • Negotiated settlement for over $1.8 million in back pay
    • Secured reinstatement offers for all 45 laid off employee class members
  • Won $200,000 resolution of WARN Act class action for a group of workers laid off without notice in a plant closing
  • Recovered back pay for workers in a number of cases of wage theft and other wage and hour violations
  • Secured settlement for worker fired for taking emergency medical leave under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Prevailed at trial in defense of employee against false charges of theft by former employer
  • Successfully appealed pension plan denial of disabled retiree’s pension
  • Secured settlement for victim of sexual harassment by supervisor
  • Obtained relief for numerous victims of payday lenders from predatory and fraudulent lending practices
  • Secured settlement for victim of police misconduct, including false arrest, excessive force, and malicious prosecution