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Josie M. Gough

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Josie M. Gough has joined the firm as a partner where she will focus on strategic business development, municipal law, board governance, and personnel/human resource related matters. Ms. Gough will serve as the firm’s Chief Diversity Officer where she will be responsible for developing internal and external relationships and partnerships that promote diversity, inclusion and equity. Ms. Gough will also work with clients to develop, monitor, and implement meaningful diversity policies and strategies.

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Gough has represented both the private and public sector She is experienced in various types of municipal law, labor and employment, real estate and construction, affirmative action, and diversity related training.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Gough served as the first assistant dean for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity and as director of Experiential Learning and Professional Development at Loyola University Chicago's School of Law. Prior to that, she served first as a Senior Attorney and then Deputy General Counsel for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.

Practice Areas

  • Board Governance
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Employment and Labor/Personnel/Human Resources Counseling
  • Municipal Law

Bar and Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court (1987)
  • Illinois Supreme Court (1984)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Loyola University of Chicago
    J.D., 1984
  • Loyola University of Chicago
    M. Ed., 1978
  • Loyola University of Chicago
    B.A., 1974

Professional Appointments and Memberships

  • Adjunct Faculty, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
  • National Association of Women In Construction
  • National Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • University of Chicago Women’s Board
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Dean, Inclusion Diversity and Equity/Director, Experiential Learning and Professional Development/Clinical Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2010-2021)
  • Deputy General Counsel/Senior Staff Attorney, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (2000-2010)