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Gerard E. Dempsey

Gerard E. Dempsey


Gerard E. Dempsey graduated from Xavier University in 1962 with an A.B. degree, earned an L.L.B. degree from Harvard University Law School in 1965, and then served for two years as a law clerk in the Illinois Appellate Court (1st District). He has been admitted to the bars of the State of Illinois, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and the United States Tax Court.

Mr. Dempsey represents library districts, library systems, and consortiums of public libraries. His experience includes consultation and preparation of contracts for computer hardware, software and new communications technologies and school and municipal litigation at both trial and appellate levels. He has served as Special Assistant State’s Attorney. He participates in compensation, income tax and estate planning matters.


  • Illinois Teacher Tenure Law co-authored the pamphlet Formal Dismissal Procedures, with other members of the firm, published by the Illinois Association of School Boards

  • Updated a chapter on "Dismissal and Suspension Procedures" for the practice handbook on Illinois School Law published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education,

  • Updated a chapter on "Punitive and Compensatory Damages" for the practice handbook on Conflicts of Interest and Liability of Illinois Elected Officials published by the Illinois Municipal League.

  • He has published and lectured on various local governmental law, public sector deferred compensation and exempt organization (§501(c)(3)) topics, 


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