George Dougherty

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

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South Wacker Drive 111
Chicago 60606 IL US

George R. Dougherty is a successful trial lawyer. He helps business leaders resolve complex problems critical to the long-term success of their businesses. Before providing advice, George makes sure he fully understands the client’s business goals. Clients appreciate the creative and thoughtful solutions he brings to their challenges.

George’s practice encompasses a variety of substantive areas. He recently represented the former management of the Tribune Company in multidistrict proceedings in New York arising out of the Tribune’s 2007 leveraged buyout.

These cases involved cutting-edge issues relating to solvency in the context of an LBO and officer and director liability.

He has worked on a number of matters for a well-known Chicago company involving post-closing disputes following the purchases of various businesses. These matters typically involved issues relating to environmental contamination and cleanup responsibility.

He has extensive experience in class action litigation, having defended scores of such cases for companies such as American Express, Wells Fargo, SIRIUS XM, RealNetworks and Household International (now HSBC).

He has litigated to successful conclusion a number of copyright disputes for a well-known Chicago company. George has been repeatedly selected by his peers as a Business Litigation Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer.

George mentors young attorneys by lecturing on matters such as trial techniques, deposition practice, privilege issues and ethics. He participates in trial and appellate practice seminars, including programs run by his alma mater, Northwestern University School of Law.

George believes that lawyers should undertake pro bono work and is proud of his representation of more than 100 former City of Chicago employees. Three trials and numerous contested proceedings resulted in these employees obtaining judgments valued in excess of $3 million and a city job for each claimant who wanted one.

George currently serves on the Board of Lyons Township High School, District 204, as its Vice President and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Legacy Guild, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to students who have lost a parent.


  • J.D., Northwestern University, 1987
  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 1982

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Instructor

Community Involvement:

  • Lyons Township High School, District 204, Vice President, Board of Directors
  • Legacy Guild, Advisory Board Member
  • LaGrange Little League, Manager


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