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 experience in both state and federal courts and in virtually every aspect of complex litigation, including trials, oral arguments, and preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order hearings. He has repeatedly been appointed class counsel in class action litigation. He has also participated in arbitration, mediation, and collective bargaining.

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, and a number of federal courts around the country. 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 Board
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA), Chicago Chapter
  • National Lawyers’ Guild (NLG) – Chicago

Representative Matters

  • Prevailed at trial in First Amendment suit challenging governmental advertising policy in Spokane, Washington that prevented union advertisements
  • Obtained injunctive relief or successful settlements in four other suits under the First Amendment challenging government restrictions in cities around the country on public employee and union speech; several other similar suits are pending
  • 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
  • Represented workers center and community organizations in successful defense of SLAPP suits and corresponding affirmative proceedings to remedy the harm caused by those suits