Our Firm

Despres, Schwartz, and Geoghegan, Ltd., is a historic general litigation firm based in Chicago.

Since its 1934 founding by the legendary Leon Despres, our firm has played a prominent role in furthering social justice and the rights of workers in Chicago and across the United States. 

Distinguished by our near century-long commitment to labor and employment law, civil rights, consumer protection, voting rights, and other constitutional rights litigation, we have established a reputation as creative litigators who take on difficult and contentious cases that other firms may avoid.

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Read more about our history and our founder, Leon M. Despres.

Our firm represents those left without a voice in our legal system.

Our attorneys have fought to secure the rights of workers in the United States Supreme Court and have sued state and local governments to fight for free speech, democracy in public education, and funding for human services. These suits have challenged school closings, gerrymandering, and the privatization of public resources. As part of our work in public-interest litigation, we take pride in representing those who are often left without a voice in our legal system—victims of wage theft, usurious payday loans, plant closures, and discriminatory labor practices.

We also have a long record of fighting for more democratic unions as part supporting a healthier and more sustainable labor movement. For every case we take, the attorneys at Despres, Schwartz, and Geoghegan, Ltd., make use of creative strategies, collaborative approaches, a wealth of experience to obtain just results for our clients. 

Who We Work With

Superior legal counsel to unions, workers, and individuals

In addition to representing individual workers, voters, and parents, we have represented unions such as the Amalgamated Transit Union, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of Trainmen, the Chicago Teachers Union, and the International Workers of the World as well as local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union.

For decades, the lawyers of Despres, Schwartz, & Geoghegan, Ltd., have established a reputation for providing superior legal counsel to unions, workers, and those who have had their rights violated.

Attorney Michael Persoon of Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan speaks to the press about the suit

Areas of Focus

The attorneys at Despres, Schwartz, and Geoghegan, Ltd. take on every issue with ingenuity and dedication, building upon a solid foundation of ethics and compassion.

Let’s work together

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We represent a range of clients from individual workers, voters, and parents, to unions. To speak with an attorney about working together, please contact us.

Attorney Mike Persoon, Daley Plaza