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Paul A O'Grady

Paul A O'Grady

Practice areas:

State, Local And Municipal Law, Employment & Labor

About Me

I joined Querrey & Harrow after serving the Office of Cook County
Sheriff for six years as Chief Counsel and Director of Operations.  I have extensive experience in civil rights litigation
and collective bargaining.  As Chief Counsel to the Cook County
Sheriff, I was responsible for averting work
stoppages or strikes and for negotiating union contracts which
controlled labor costs.

I am certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement
Training and Standards Board as an instructional expert in: criminal
law; criminal procedure; legal liability; use of force; arrest
procedures; law for correctional officers; Illinois correctional jail
standards; and detainee rights and privileges.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. State, Local And Municipal Law: 70%
  2. Employment & Labor: 30%
    5 years

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Deborah Susan Cohen

    I worked with Paul at the State's Attorney and respected his leadership and advice. Paul's understanding and application of the law mixed with his professional demeanor makes him a superb attorney. I highly recommend Paul.


    Deborah Cohen Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Geoffrey H Fish

    I would recommend Paul for any civil defense litigation matters.


    Geoffrey Fish
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Peterson Johnson & Murray Chicago LLC

233 S Wacker Dr 84th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60606



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200008/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Township SupervisorOrland Township2009 - Present
ShareholderQuerrey & Harrow, Ltd.2006 - Present
Chief Counsel and DIrector of OperationsOffice of Cook County Sheriff2001 - 2006


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation CommitteeMemberN/A
FBI National Academy AssociationMemberN/A
International Chiefs of PoliceMemberN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
FBI National Academy, Quantico, VAN/ACertificatation of Executive Management2004
Harvard School of LawN/AProgram on Negotiations Certification2003
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Loyola University ChicagoN/ABS, magna cum laude1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
97th Annual ConferenceEmployment Pitfalls, Hiring and Firing Employees2010
Winning in the Liability Arena: The Attainment of High Level PerformanceConsitutional Conditions of Confinement2008
IMLRMA Defense Counsel SeminarOffers of Judgment2008