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Despres, Schwartz, & Geoghegan, Ltd. represents those left without a voice by the legal system.

For decades, the attorneys of Despres, Schwartz, and Geoghegan, Ltd., have successfully represented individuals, worker’s collectives, class-action groups, neighborhood organizations, public-interest groups, and unions using a creative, results-driven, and justice-oriented approach to the law.

Fighting for social justice and workers’ rights for nearly a century.

Founded in 1934, the law firm of Despres, Schwartz, and Geoghegan, Ltd., has long played a key role in advancing social justice and securing the rights of workers in Chicago and across the United States. As a general litigation firm, our attorneys have a broad spectrum of skills and experience, which allow our firm to obtain justice both for our clients and in the public interest.

Whether fighting against inequitable policies, arguing a case before the Supreme Court, or making sure a individual client gets their last paycheck, we take on every issue with ingenuity and dedication, building upon a solid foundation of ethics and compassion.

Workers deserve security, equitable treatment, fair compensation, and dignity in their employment. Our attorneys fight to safeguard those rights as litigators, contract negotiators, and arbitration advocates.

As experienced advocates of constitutional law, we represent a range of clients, including individual workers, voters, parents, and unions to protect these fundamental rights.

Union democracy is key to a healthy labor movement and has long been a core value of our firm. Our attorneys help workers advocate for more democratic unions for workers of all backgrounds.

Our attorneys are relentless in their pursuit of justice through litigation in higher courts, from federal courts of appeal, to state Supreme Courts, and even to the Supreme Court of the United States.

When unethical and corrupt practices loom large, our firm works to protect consumers against fraudulent and predatory schemes, exploitative governmental policies, and corporate profiteering.

Our attorneys have experience navigating the complexities of class action litigation, and we welcome the opportunity to seek justice for large groups of citizens, workers, and other collectives.

What we do

Creative litigators committed to fighting for equity and justice

Despres, Schwartz, and Geoghegan, Ltd., is a historic general litigation firm distinguished by our near century-long commitment to labor and employment law, constitutional and civil rights, consumer protection, appellate advocacy, union democracy, constitutional rights law, and other complex litigation.

Our attorneys, Thomas Geoghegan, Michael Persoon, and Will Bloom, are experienced in handling complex litigation, labor arbitration, contract negotiations, and appellate advocacy. Learn more about the firm.

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Leon Despres, riding his bicycle through downtown Chicago.


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The attorneys of Despres, Schwartz, & Geoghegan, Ltd., have a long and successful history of securing justice and positive outcomes for our clients.

Whether you are an individual, union, worker’s collective, neighborhood organization, public-interest group, or an attorney seeking co-counsel, we welcome the opportunity to do the same for you.

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