James R. Dougherty

James R. Dougherty



James R. Dougherty, a partner, concentrates his practice in the areas of property tax and assessment litigation, school district related litigation, general commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation, construction and employment litigation, as well as professional liability and product liability matters. He has tried cases in Illinois State and Federal courts and before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board. In addition, he has represented clients before the Illinois Appellate Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Dougherty has obtained multimillion dollar judgments on behalf of his clients in numerous cases and several venues including Cook, DuPage, and Kendall Counties. He has also successfully defended high exposure cases throughout Illinois and acted as national counsel in such cases pending throughout the country. Mr. Dougherty also routinely provides counsel to various insured and self-insured entities regarding risk management and litigation related issues and has defended insured and self-insured entities including school districts, railroads, and private business organizations against a variety of actions.

Mr. Dougherty is highly regarded in the Illinois legal community as evidenced by his selection to the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, published by Thomson Reuters. Selection to the Rising Stars list is based upon peer review and is limited to only 2.5% of Illinois lawyers meeting the criteria for selection. Additionally, Mr. Dougherty has been named as an “Emerging Lawyer” for 2015, 2016, 2017, and a “Leading Lawyer” for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 in the area of commercial litigation by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “Leading Lawyers” division. This is a distinction earned by fewer than 5% of all attorneys licensed to practice law in Illinois. Attorneys selected for these honors were recommended by the state’s top lawyers as those most likely to lead the profession in future years.

Prior to joining Petrarca, Gleason, Boyle, & Izzo, LLC, Mr. Dougherty worked at a New York-based international law firm and a Chicago-based national law firm.

Contact Info


1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 200
Oak Brook, IL 60523


(630) 928-1200


(630) 928-1300

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  • The University of Illinois Chicago Law School, J.D. – Chicago, Illinois
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A. – Charleston, Illinois

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • United States District Court Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar Member
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • National Association of School Boards
  • Illinois Association of School Boards
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals

Awards & Recognition

  • Illinois "Super Lawyers" Rising Star
  • Illinois "Emerging Lawyer" in Commercial Litigation
  • Illinois “Leading Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation
James R. Dougherty Leading Lawyer
James R. Dougherty Super Lawyer


  • Business Litigation Insights: Top Litigation Lawyers Share What They Know Best (2013) (Contributing Author)
  • Fifty State Employment Law Handbook (Contributing Author)