January 22, 1949
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University, Harvard Law School|
Thomas Geoghegan /ˈɡeɪɡən/ is an American labor lawyer and author based in Chicago. He has represented several unions and union groups, and written six books on labor unions, law, politics and his personal experiences.
As a lawyer he has successfully brought class actions to recover lost pension benefits and health insurance arising from plant closings. He has also recovered shut down benefits under the federal WARN Act in several major cases. Both in federal court and in arbitrations, he has represented many different local unions, including nurses, truck drivers, steelworkers and railroad workers.
He has also brought suits for rank and file groups like Teamsters for a Democratic Union to require greater rank and file democracy. He has often represented women and older workers in suits for sex and age discrimination. He was one of the original members of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
In addition to his work in the pension, labor and civil rights area, he has done other public interest legal work. Recently, he helped conclude a case to require a charitable hospital to provide free or reduced care for the uninsured. He has other litigation to require hospitals to provide charity care. He has also brought suits to open up the political process – for example, in a suit several years ago seeking early election voting or broader absentee balloting. He is currently involved in a case to require the State of Illinois to enforce laws against payday lenders.