Douglas C. Giese

Douglas C. Giese


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175 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 1600
Chicago, Illinois 60604-2827

Mr. Giese has been a general commercial and civil litigator throughout his career, with an emphasis for more than a decade on both obtaining judgments and enforcing then through the ethical collection of the judgment and recovery of property on behalf of his clients, and to ensuring a solid foundation for creditors’ positions throughout the State of Illinois. His professional focus is concentrated on representing the rights of private clients and commercial businesses including banks, credit unions, finance companies, debt buyers, and municipalities. In addition, he represents clients in various other areas of litigation, including corporate law, bankruptcy and mechanics lien litigation. He has represented clients in civil litigation before the state and federal courts in Illinois, including the Illinois appellate court, as well as administrative proceedings before the Illinois Departments of Labor and Employment Security. Prior to joining Querrey & Harrow, Mr. Giese represented clients involved with corporate transactional matters and personal injury litigation, including resolution of liens.

Mr. Giese has handled all types of business disputes, many of which have been litigated in federal and state courts, or resolved through arbitration. His experience includes matters involving contracts, real estate (mortgage foreclosure, mechanic's lien, eviction/forcible entry and detainer, distress for rent, purchase and sale) and obtaining and enforcement of judgments.

Mr. Giese began his legal career in 1990 as a paralegal with a large Chicago law firm, where he was involved in complex, multi-state products liability litigation related to the construction industry. While attending law school, Mr. Giese first-chaired three bench trials in Cook County Municipal Court as an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 attorney with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, a pro bono legal organization with which he has been associated for more than twenty years.

Mr. Giese is a certified mediator through the Center for Conflicts Resolution and has been involved in alternative dispute resolution before the Circuit Court of Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program, the American Arbitration Association and other private alternative dispute resolution panels. Additionally, he has successfully represented clients in matters pending before the Social Security Administration.



Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago-Kent College of Law, JD, 1997

Roosevelt University - Lawyer's Assistant Program, Paralegal Certificate, 1989

Northern Illinois University, BS, 1987

College of DuPage, AA, 1985


Practice Areas



Bankruptcy and Creditors' Remedies

Commercial Litigation



Litigation for Municipalities


Bar and Court Admissions

Illinois, 1997

US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1997



Illinois Creditors Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2013)

Chicago Bar Association

American Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Community Involvement



Court Upholds Limitation of Liability Clause

Subcontractor's End Run Fails

NEWS: Court Limits Right of Dissolved Corporation to File Suit

Attorneys’ Fees Not Included in Mechanics Lien Claim

NEWS: Is There Such A Thing As a Quiet Siren?


Professional Activities

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, volunteer, 1997-present

Speaker, "Enforcing a Mechanics Lien" and "Priority of Liens," Construction Lien Law, Lorman Education Services, December, 2013.

Speaker, "Conducting the Traditional UCC Sale," UCC Security Interests - Creating, Perfecting and Liquidating, Monmouth College, April, 2013.


Community Involvement

Assistant Football Coach, Villa Park Warriors Football, The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL).



Motion to Dismiss Interlocutory Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction Granted

Successful Forum Non Conveniens Motion Dismisses All Illinois Claims against Two Georgia Defendants

Giese Elected to Board of Directors for ILCBA