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Brian M. Dougherty


Brian M. Dougherty, Partner

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I work hand-in-hand with my clients, and am in constant contact with them to achieve their desired results.



Practice Areas: Litigation; Employment and Labor Law


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.A. cum laude, 1996

Bar Admissions:

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

Bar Association Memberships:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association

Brian Dougherty has been associated with Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd. since 2006 and a partner since 2016.  Brian is currently responsible for handling the litigation matters for the firm's commercial landlords as well as landlord/tenant disputes. He also assists clients with matters under state and federal anti-discrimination laws, employment termination, breach of contract, the Uniform Commercial Code, trade secrets, business torts, and preference avoidance actions under the United States Bankruptcy Code.

While at the firm, Brian has litigated many complex landlord/tenant matters, including casualty insurance, accelerated rent and lienholder rights, and has counseled clients concerning their business practices based on recent developments and changes in the law. He regularly practices in Cook and DuPage Counties, as well as in federal court. Brian has successfully argued numerous pre-trial motions and also participates in settlement conferences, arbitrations and trials.

In addition to his contributions to the firm, Brian has authored and co-authored articles published in the Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association entitled "Labor and Storage Liens Under Illinois Law" (February 2016), “Proving Discrimination Circumstantially Through Pretext” (May 2015), “Erosion of the At-Will Employment Relationship: Discipline/Termination Policies and Procedures” (May 2014), “Commercial Lease Assignments: A Litigation Perspective” (December 2012) and “Judicial Estoppel: How Non-Disclosure of a Cause of Action in Bankruptcy May Spell Doom for a Subsequent Civil Action” (October 2010).  Brian also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association.  Brian has authored and co-authored “Illinois Pregnancy Discrimination Law” (February 2015), “Illinois Unemployment Cases – An Overview of the Process” (March 2014), “Federal Successor Liability Under ERISA and the MPPAA” (July 2013) and “Navigating the Attorneys Fees in Wage Actions Act” (July 2011) for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.  Outside of the firm, Brian maintains a blog where he discusses new cases and topics arising under business law. 


Practice Areas

We are uniquely staffed to handle most types of legal matters—whether personal or business related—within our main practice areas: business and corporate law; construction law; employment and labor law; estate and tax planning; family law; land use and development/local government; litigation; and real estate law.
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There are no shortcuts or compromises at Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd. Our attorneys respectfully listen to their clients, anticipate their needs and work diligently to provide sound and practical legal advice.
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Introducing our new partners: Alison J. Wetzel, Brian M. Dougherty, and Daniel J. McCarthy III.


Our attorneys represent a vast array of clients, from individuals to closely-held businesses and publicly-traded companies to municipalities.
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In Memoriam: Thomas P. Russian


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