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Practice Areas
Labor & Employment
J.D., DePaul University College of Law
B.A., University of Illinois – Chicago
Bar & Court Admissions
Northern District of Illinois
Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
Central District of Illinois
Southern District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
American Board of Trial Advocates
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
DuPage County Bar Association
Arizona Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Counsel

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Thomas G. DiCianni
Equity Partner

Tom leads a highly skilled and successful litigation team.

Tom concentrates his practice chiefly on civil rights, tort and business litigation, the representation of governmental self-insurance pools, and municipal law. He has been lead trial counsel in many successful cases in federal and state courts involving claims under 42 U.S.C. §1983, Title VII and Title IX, the Federal Wiretap Act, state law defamation, wrongful death, general tort claims, and business disputes, and also serves as a mediator for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division, panel mediation program.

Tom has written and lectured extensively on various aspects of governmental liability, litigation, and trial practice. He has written the Municipal Law Column for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel quarterly. He has served as the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Federal Practice Committee and Vice-Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Governmental Liability Committee. He has also been admitted by invitation to the American Board of Trial Advocates.


  • Defended case resulting in a de minimis verdict for plaintiff before federal jury on claims of false arrest and excessive force under §1983. Knaack v. Holem, et al.
  • Defended wrongful death claim. Hamilton v. City of Chicago, et al.
  • Prevailed before federal jury in case involving claim of political retaliation. Crudup v. Barton, et al.
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Tom has lectured at programs sponsored by:
  • The DuPage County and Chicago Bar Associations
  • DRI
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  • "Crash Course in Federal Land Use Law," DRI Journal For the Defense (Nov. 2001)
  • "Governmental Tort Immunity," Municipal Law and Practice Handbook (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2000)
  • Authored the Municipal Law Column for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly. 
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Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Designated a “Super Lawyer” by Chicago Magazine 
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