Our Firm

Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan, Ltd are located in the Chicago Temple Building. Photo credit: E. Rapport

Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan, Ltd are located in the Chicago Temple Building.
Photo credit: E. Rapport

Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan, Ltd. is a general litigation firm in Chicago with a focus on labor and employment law, civil rights, consumer fraud, voting rights and other constitutional rights litigation.

Our lawyers, Thomas Geoghegan, Michael Persoon, Sean Morales-Doyle and Carol Nguyen, have a great deal of experience handling class actions, complex litigation, labor arbitration, and appellate advocacy. We pride ourselves on our commitment to social justice – a commitment that stems back nearly 80 years to our founding by the late Leon Despres.

We have established a reputation as creative litigators that take on even difficult and controversial cases that other firms may avoid. We have fought to secure labor rights against management in the United States Supreme Court. We have sued state and local governments to fight for democracy in public education, free speech, and funding for human services. And we have sued them to challenge school closings, gerrymandering, and the privatization of public resources like parks and parking meters. But often our role is simply representing those are who frequently left without a voice in our legal system – victims of wage theft, usurious payday loans, and plant closures. We analyze each case we take on from every angle and craft a strategy to achieve the just result.

We have represented clients that range from individual workers, voters, and parents, to unions like the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of Trainmen, the Amalgamated Transit Union, and the Chicago Teachers Union. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with attorneys who are looking for co-counsel with our particular expertise and approach.

For decades, the law firm of Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan Ltd. has been providing superior legal counsel to unions, employees, and other plaintiffs who have had their rights as workers violated. Known for their skill in complex litigation, the lawyers of Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan, Ltd. are experienced advocates for a wide range of plaintiffs, and have handled numerous civil rights lawsuits as well as cases ranging from product liability litigation to actions under the False Claims Act.