Gerard E. Dempsey



Gerard Dempsey represents 501(c)(3) Organizations. He has frequently represented library districts library systems and consortiums of public libraries, including 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 also participated in compensation, income tax and estate planning matters.

Gerard has published and lectured on various local governmental law, public sector deferred compensation and exempt organization (§501(c)(3)) topics and has served as Special Assistant State’s Attorney.

Gerard graduated from Xavier University in 1962 with an A.B. degree and earned an L.L.B. degree from Harvard University Law School in 1965. Following his L.L.B degree, Gerard served for two years as a law clerk in the Illinois Appellate Court (1st District). Gerard is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Tax Court.


  • Formal Dismissal Procedures, co-authored the pamphlet Illinois Teacher Tenure Law, Illinois Association of School Boards
  • Updated a chapter on “Dismissal and Suspension Procedures,” Illinois School Law, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Updated a chapter on “Punitive and Compensatory Damages,” Conflicts of Interest and Liability of Illinois Elected Officials, Illinois Municipal League