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Josie M. Gough

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Josie M. Gough is Of Counsel at Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd., where she focuses on strategic business development, municipal law, board governance, and employment law. Ms. Gough continues to serve the firm and its clients on matters that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

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, airport, and aviation matters, including minority- and women-owned business development.

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 (1984)


  • 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
  • Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago
  • Chicago Bar Association, Board of Managers
  • 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 Diversity Council
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • University of Chicago Women’s Board
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Prior Experience

  • Partner, Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. (2022-2023)
  • 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)