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Tom Geoghegan: Chicago Labor Lawyer

Updated on November 21, 2012

Tom Geoghegan : Chicago Labor Lawyer

Learn more about Tom Geoghegan, a Chicago labor lawyer, author, and political figure. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Illinois' 5th Congressional district seat, which was eventually won by Mike Quigley.

Who is Thomas Geoghegan?

Thomas Geoghegan, a Chicago labor lawyer and author, was one candidate in the special election for the 5th Congressional district race. He lost to Mike Quigley.

Tom Geoghegan is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, and has focused much of his career in the field of labor law. Some groups whom he has represented include the United Mine Workers and Teamsters for a Democratic Union, as well as local unions for nurses, truck drivers, steelworkers and railroad workers. He was one of the original members of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and has often represented women and older workers fighting sex and age discrimination.

Besides his interest in labor law, he has worked on public interest legal cases requiring charitable hospitals to provide reduced fee care for uninsured people, a case to expand early election voting an absentee balloting, and a case for stronger enforcement of laws against payday lenders.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Geoghegan is also a writer. He has contributed to magazines including The Nation, The New Republic and The American Prospect, and has been featured in newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. He has also appeared on National Public Radio as well as television programs like Nightline, The Today Show and CNN.

Geoghegan is the author of several books including:

Which Side Are You On?: Trying To Be For Labor When It's Flat On Its Back

The Secret Lives of Citizens: Pursuing the Promise of American Life

In America's court: How a Civil Lawyer Who Likes to Settle Stumbled into a Criminal Trial

The Law In Shambles

See You In Court: How the Right Made America a Lawsuit Nation

In Tom's Words: Why I'm Running

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      8 years ago

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      Laura Schofield 

      9 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      I emailed this one to my husband. I hadn't heard of Geoghegan before but he sounds pretty cool actually. My husband might be interested in reading one of the books Geoghegan has written, I've advised him to buy it through this lens if he picks it up. Great work! 5 stars.


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