Bruce W. Doughty



Massey & Gail LLP
50 East Washington Street
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602

Office: 312.283.1590
Direct: 312.379.0729
Fax: 312.379.0467

Bruce Doughty has been practicing law for more than thirty years.  A deeply experienced litigator and strategic counselor, Bruce has represented a wide range of corporate, private, and governmental clients throughout his career.

Bruce has litigated extensively at both the trial and appellate levels and before administrative agencies. He has played principal roles in a broad spectrum of cases, including bank fraud, trade secrets, software services, venture capital, intellectual property, covenants not to compete, constitutional challenges, energy, foreclosure, telecommunications, bankruptcy, eminent domain, consumer class action, and general commercial disputes.

Bruce also provided strategic counseling on a wide array of regulatory, compliance, and business issues.  He has advised corporate executives, general counsel, senior managers, and private equity investors on risk reduction, litigation prevention, crisis management, dispute resolution, business restructuring, and legislative change.  In addition, Bruce has both conducted and defended against companywide investigations of business practices, managerial decision-making, and operations. He also has overseen comprehensive compliance programs, prepared detailed legal and regulatory opinions, and managed the implementation of mass claims procedures.

Prior to joining Massey & Gail, Bruce worked for over a decade as an associate and then a partner at Hopkins & Sutter, and thereafter spent more than eight years as a partner at the successor firm of Foley & Lardner.

Bruce is a 1990 graduate of The University of Chicago Law School, where he was awarded the Joseph Henry Beale Prize for excellence in writing and was a member of The University of Chicago Legal Forum. He was a 1986-1987 Rotary Scholar to the University of Hong Kong, where he taught political science, and is a 1985 honors graduate of Princeton University.

  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1990
  • University of Hong Kong, Rotary Scholar, 1986-1987
  • Princeton University, A.B., with honors, 1985
  • Illinois
  • Joseph Henry Beale Prize (outstanding first-year student in writing) (1988) – The University of Chicago Law School
  • Class of 1883 English Prize (outstanding freshman in English) (1982) – Princeton University
  • Board of Education, Glenbrook High School District 225 – President (2019-present), Vice President (2017-2019), Board Member (2012-2017)
  • Governing Board, TrueNorth Educational Cooperative – Board Member (2021-present)
  • Community Relations Commission, Village of Northbrook – Chairperson (2015-2021), Commissioner (2009-2015)
  • Glenbrook Lacrosse Club – Board Member for travel lacrosse program (2012-2016)
  • Princeton University – Alumnus Interviewer of college applicants (1985-2011)
  • Northbrook Park District – Soccer Coach of more than a dozen youth teams, ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade (2002-2011)
  • Archdiocese of Chicago – Pre-Cana Leader for counseling engaged couples (1995-2000)
  • Represented software services provider in dispute over complex system implementation, winning appellate affirmance of circuit court’s enforcement of venue selection clause, and successfully procuring settlement after five years of litigation.
  • Represented dozens of insurers in winning Illinois Supreme Court decision declaring tax on premiums unconstitutional, and thereafter securing settlement.
  • Secured $6,490,000 jury verdict after month-long trial in favor of telecommunications company in case involving consumer protection, breach of contract, and other state-law claims.
  • Defended international pharmaceutical company and new manager in competitor former employer’s suit for injunction and damages over alleged violation of restrictive covenants, successfully reaching settlement prior to injunction hearing.
  • Represented multinational bank in its suit to recover damages for complex credit card fraud and breach of contract, successfully procuring settlement prior to commencement of discovery.
  • Represented plan administrator in bankruptcy of multibillion-dollar information services company, successfully recovering millions of dollars in preference litigation.
  • Defended fiber optic start-up against global leader’s trade secret suit to enjoin operations, successfully obtaining settlement with start-up intact and growing.
  • Defended major utility in dozens of complaints over rates and billing practices, winning denial of complaint in every case tried at hearing.