University Legal Services

Thomas O'Grady

Thomas O'GradyAssistant General Counsel

Professional Background

Tom comes to the Office of General Counsel with substantial career history which includes sales, operations and management.  His law training was done with honors and emphasized trial law at Northern Illinois College of Law.  Tom interned with the Dane County States Attorney and with our own office.  His experience with the business world adds greatly to his law training.  Tom has worked in collections, bankruptcy, employment issues, legal research and university contracting within the State of Illinois.


  • Freedom of Information Act issues
  • Student debt and other debt collections
  • Constitutional law issues, including First Amendment Issues
  • Information Privacy and Security Issues
  • Wage Deduction and Garnishment Processing
  • Governance and University Counsel



  • J.D.  Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • B.A.  Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of College and Universtiy Attorneys
  • DeKalb County Bar Association