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   3Jorge V. CazaresChicago(312) 768-7800jcazares@pjjlaw.comjcazares@pjjlaw.comPugh Jones & Johnson PCwww.pjjlaw.comwww.pjjlaw.comcazaresjorgev.jpgCivil Rights/Constitutional LawCommercial LitigationEmployment Law: ManagementGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawPublic Finance Law
Jorge V.
Pugh Jones & Johnson PC
180 N LaSalle St 34th FL
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 768-7800 Fx.(312) 768-7801
Recommended by peers in:
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Commercial Litigation
Employment Law: Management
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Public Finance Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Jorge Cazares is a partner in Pugh, Jones & Johnson's Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes the representation of clients in contract and business disputes, defamation, major personal injury defense, civil rights, employment discrimination, labor arbitrations, local governmental defense, RICO, bankruptcy, real estate, and commercial litigation matters.

Mr. Cazares rejoined the firm after serving as General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority. As the first Latino to serve as General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority, Mr. Cazares oversaw all of the agency's legal affairs and provided advice and counsel to the CHA's Board of Commissioners, senior management and employees. Mr. Cazares also supervised a staff of over 50 employees which included over 20 in-house lawyers who provided legal assistance on the complicated and sophisticated real estate and finance transactions involved in creating mixed income communities. The Legal Department also represented the CHA in litigation matters, ranging from personal injury lawsuits to decades-old federal court consent decrees to providing advice and counsel on compliance with HUD and other regulatory requirements.

Mr. Cazares also served as the Chicago Housing Authority's Ethics Officer in charge of supervising compliance with the agency's ethics policies as well as other applicable Federal and State ethics policies. Additionally, Mr. Cazares supervised the agency's Office of the Inspector General, which investigated reports of possible fraud and waste of CHA's resources by the agency's employees, residents, or contractors. He also supervised the agency's ADA compliance department as well as its One-Strike Program.

Prior to his tenure at the Chicago Housing Authority, Mr. Cazares had practiced at Pugh, Jones & Johnson since 1992. He has tried various jury and bench trials and has argued before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Court of Appeals.

Notable Cases and Results:  
  • Representation of transportation company in qui tam complaint asserting various claims under the False Claim Act and the Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act.
  • Conducted internal investigation on behalf of Fortune 500 manufacturer into allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by various female employees.
  • Representation of commuter rail line in F.E.L.A. matters before the United States District Court and Illinois state courts.
  • Representation of major petroleum entity in eminent domain matters in Cook and surrounding counties. As former Special Assistant Attorney General, he also represented the State of Illinois in prosecuting eminent domain matters for various State of Illinois entities including IDOT.
  • Secured summary judgment for client in gender and race discrimination case wherein plaintiff alleged that he was passed over for promotion, disciplined, and terminated because he was an African-American male.
  • Defense of major not-for-profit entity of an employee's claim of defamation after being accused of removing computers from the employer's premises without authorization.
  • Secured summary judgment for major telephone company in a telecommunications toll fraud case.
  • Obtained an Order of Replevin without notice in state court within hours of filing the Complaint. Such extraordinary relief is rarely granted without notice due to the high burden imposed by courts before summary seizure of the property can be justified.

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, C.D. of Illinois
U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois, including the Trial Bar
U.S. Supreme Court

Year of Birth:  1963

Additional languages spoken:  Spanish

Law School:  Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1990

Undergraduate School:  Yale University, B.A., 1985

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
  • Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
  • St. Ignatius College Prep. Law Society
  • Arbitrator, Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program
  • Yale University Alumni School Committee
  • Loyola University Latino Alumni Board
  • Loyola University School of Law
    • Alumni Board of Governors

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • Chicago United 2011 Business Leader of Color
      • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished® Peer Review Rating
      • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Civil Rights/Constitutional Law, Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law, and Public Finance Law

Community Involvement:  
  • Gads Hill Center
    • Board of Directors
      • President
  • Santa Lucia School Board
    • Vice President

Published Legal Writing:  
  • Contributor, Seventh Circuit Writer; Newsletter on Pretrial Practice & Discovery, ABA Section of Litigation, Committee on Pretrial Practice & Discovery, 1995-1997
  • Co-contributor, Bankruptcy Case Abstracts, Commercial, Banking & Bankruptcy Law, Illinois State Bar Association, Vol. 35, No. 3, April, 1991
  • Co-contributor, Bankruptcy Case Abstracts, Quarterly Report on Current Developments in Real Estate Law, ABA Section on Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Committee on Decisions, 1990-1991

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