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John H. Ray, III



Mr. Swabb is of counsel to Ray & Counsel.  He is a Harvard Law School graduate with over three decades of commercial and employment litigation experience, including first chair experience trying complex jury and bench trials, administrative actions, and mediations, having selected juries, prepared lay and expert witnesses, drafted and argued pre-trial and post-trial motions, and examined and cross-examined lay and expert witnesses at trial.  He also has extensive experience negotiating settlements.


Mr. Swabb has represented clients of all sizes in cases across a range of practice areas, including cases involving Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses and non-profits, government entities, and individuals.  He has counseled clients covering a wide range of labor and employment issues, such as: hiring and testing compliance, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, state leave management, compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, electronic discovery systems and processes, and anti-harassment and other employment law training.  He has tried civil rights cases alleging discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age in violation of state law, federal law, and the United States Constitution and alleging retaliation for complaining about such discrimination and harassment.  His commercial litigation experience includes intellectual property and patent infringement lawsuits, attempts to pierce the corporate veil, insurance coverage, environmental litigation, product liability, breach of contract claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, class actions, debtor/creditor claims, fraud and misrepresentation, and business torts. 


Mr. Swabb has been married for 24 years to his wife, Nancy, and they have two daughters.




Allen v. Chicago, No. 09-CV-0243 (N.D. Ill. 2009) – Participated in successful defense of the City of Chicago, prepared the then-current and former City Treasurers to testify, questioned them at trial, and defended them during cross examination, in an alleged $1.5 million retaliatory discrimination case.


Heneghan v. Chicago, et al., No. 09-CV-0759 (N.D. Ill. 2009) – Obtained a favorable jury verdict as lead trial counsel on behalf of the City of Chicago, despite a previous finding that the individual defendant violated the City’s sexual harassment policy.  Plaintiff sought damages against the City claiming several years of sexual harassment and constructive discharge.  As the lead attorney on a three-attorney team, cross-examined both the plaintiff and individual defendant, conducted direct examination of several witnesses, and delivered the closing argument.


Osuji v. Chicago, No. 05-CV-4452 (N.D. Ill. 2005) -- Secured a favorable jury verdict as lead trial attorney on a two-attorney team in a case where plaintiff sought damages for race and national origin discrimination.


Ernst, et al. v. Chicago, No. 08-CV-4370 (N.D. Ill. 2008) --  Defeated class action certification in sex discrimination case brought by five female applicants for a paramedic position with the City of Chicago, saving the City millions of dollars.


O’Neal v. Chicago, No. 02-CV-8451 (N.D. Ill. 2002) -- Successfully moved for summary judgment arguing, in part, that transferring a police sergeant to beat duty was not an adverse employment action under Title VII.  Assisted with the appeal, in which the Seventh Circuit affirmed.




773.718.5336 (p)

312.277.6466 (f)




Harvard Law School, J.D., 1986
University of Chicago, B.S., 1983






U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court, N.D. Ill., Trial Bar Member

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