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Marc A. Gwekoh attorney PJM

Marc A. Gwekoh

Phone: 312-724-8043

Areas of Practice/Concentration

  • Corporate Transactions
  • Insurance Regulatory Law and Compliance
  • Insurance Regulatory Administrative Representation
  • Governmental Relations
  • Federal Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Insurance Regulatory Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Wrongful Death
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation


  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, J.D., May 2018
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., May 2010


  • State of Illinois
  • US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Marc A. Gwekoh concentrates his practice on defending clients in insurance, governmental, employment, federal, class action, municipal, civil rights, wrongful death, planning and zoning, personal injury, and workers’ compensation matters. Prior to joining Peterson, Johnson & Murray, Mr. Gwekoh concentrated his practice on insurance defense, landlord-tenant matters, and transportation law, specifically involving claims of catastrophic/serious bodily injuries, property damage, and cargo loss. He also has extensive experience in defending corporate clients in workers’ compensation matters.

Mr. Gwekoh’s litigation experience includes complex state litigation, as well as dispositive motions and appeals. Notably, Mr. Gwekoh successfully defended a client in the First District Court of Appeals, reversing the trial court’s decision, granting a motion to enforce settlement. He is a member of the Illinois Bar, as well as the Northern and Central District of Illinois.

Mr. Gwekoh attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a Bachelor of Arts and then attended the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (formerly known as the John Marshall Law School) where he received his Juris Doctor.

Representative Cases

Seventh Circuit
Davy Cady v. Michael Sheahan, et. al. 04-3518- Successfully argued before the 7th Circuit in defense of Sheriff Michael Sheahan and several members of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department. Appellant alleged that the manner in which the police officers performed an investigatory stop of him in front of a courthouse amounted to an unreasonable search in violation of his 4th amendment rights.

Northern District of Illinois
DeShazo v. Baneski, et al., 14 C 5139 – Obtained summary judgment on behalf of all of the defendants in a civil rights action brought by the estate of an arrestee who hanged himself in a holding cell.

Weiler v. Village of Oak Lawn, et al., 14 C 4991 – Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendants in an employment action, in which Plaintiff alleged that he was terminated from the Village in retaliation for his political association and Whistleblower statements.

Norris v. Hometown, et al., 15 C 4692 – Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant in a case where Plaintiff alleging wrongful termination, denial of due process and a violation of his occupational liberty rights, after he was terminated after an on-duty shooting.

Dyson v. Officer Valente, 12 C 7632 – Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the defendant officer. Plaintiff was alleging that the officer selectively enforced the law against him and arrested him without probable cause.

Egonmwan v. Cook County Sheriff’s Department et. al., 06 C 4764 and Swearnigen v. Cook County Sheriff’s Department, et. al., 05 C 1493 – Obtained summary judgment in two cases alleging malicious prosecution, racial and sexual harassment and violation of two Cook County Jail correctional officers’ First Amendment rights by the Cook County Sheriff and various Jail administrators.

Briggs v. Hargrett, et. al. 02 C 4917- Obtained a not guilty verdict following a jury trial in favor of three correctional officers that were alleged to have used excessive force against the plaintiff.

Thompson v. County of Cook, et. al., 03 C 7172- Defended the County of Cook and the Cook County Sheriff against allegations that the STD testing and strip search policies were unconstitutional. Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the County of Cook and the Cook County Sheriff as to all counts.

State of Illinois Circuit Court

Bartkowiak v. City of Aurora, 12 L 119 – Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the City of Aurora. Plaintiff tripped and fell in a parking lot owned by the City and suffered serious injuries requiring multiple surgeries.