Thomas J. Boodell, Jr. - Attorney at Law

Thomas J. Boodell, Jr.

Member (Emeritus)
(312) 938-4050


BA, History, Princeton University, 1957

JD, Harvard Law School, 1964

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State of Illinois

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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Thomas J. Boodell, Jr. has represented individuals, corporations (both for profit and not-for-profit), partnerships and community organizations in the 51 years he has practiced law in Chicago. After graduating from Princeton University, Tom served three years as an officer and Russian Linguist in the U.S. Navy, two of those years stationed in Japan. Upon earning his law degree at Harvard Law School in 1964, he did both litigation and corporate work, including representation of both public and private companies in acquisitions, mergers, and day to day corporate document drafting and counseling. He has represented community organizations and individuals in major class action civil rights housing litigation in Chicago (the Contract Buyers League cases) and acted as court appointed Trustee in distribution of major anti-trust settlement funds (Folding Carton Antitrust Litigation, Glass Container Antitrust Litigation).

In the middle years of his practice he joined a large law firm and developed an international corporate practice primarily in Asia. In 1985 he was invited to participate in the Japan Study Program for International Executives, a one month program of lectures and field studies in Japanese management and industry in Tokyo, Japan. In 1987 he was the only Chicago lawyer to join the Inter Pacific Bar Association at its founding meeting in Tokyo, Japan. By 1989 he had developed an international corporate and litigation practice and was asked by a larger and growing Chicago firm to join its firm and head its International Practice.

He left large firm practice in 2002 and joined with Al Domanskis to form the current firm, Boodell & Domanskis, LLC.


  • One of the Lead Attorneys in distributions of major class action settlement funds, namely, Folding Carton Antitrust Litigation and Glass Container Antitrust Litigation in the United States Federal District Court in Chicago, IL.
  • One of the Lead Attorneys in Contract Buyers League Litigation, a major class action housing discrimination lawsuit in Chicago, IL.
  • Trial matters in real estate, business loans, and general corporate matters in State and Federal Courts, primarily in Illinois and other Midwest jurisdictions.
  • Represents primarily U.S. corporations in their business activities in Illinois and other parts of the U.S., and in Mexico, and Asia.
  • He was appointed by U.S. Federal District Court Judge Joan B. Gottschall, in Chicago, to arbitrate a dispute concerning irreconcilable difference between two litigants in her courtroom. After several hearings, the case was resolved.


  • Tom is a member of the American Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Bar Association of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
  • He serves as a Board Member of the Japan America Society of Chicago, is a member and past president of the Harvard Law Society of Illinois, was a Trustee of the Wendy Will Case Cancer Fund in Chicago and a Trustee of the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago where he served on the Board of Trustees for twelve years and now is designated as a Life Trustee.
  • He has spoken and participated in panels at international legal symposiums, and spoken at meetings of the Inter-Pacific, the American, and the Chicago Bar Associations.
  • From 1968 to 1971 he was a Fellow of the Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs in Chicago.
  • In the 1970s and 80s he served on the Board of Directors of the Law in American Society Foundation which published materials about the law and U.S. Supreme Court cases for use in public and private grade and high schools in the United States.
  • Until recently, he was a long-time Board Member of the Industrial Areas Foundation, based in Chicago, which does community organizing throughout the U.S. and in countries in Europe.
  • He is also currently a member of the Catholic Jewish Dialogue Group in Chicago, and a member of the Tripartite Dialogue between Catholics, Jews and Muslims at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and until recently he was a Member of the Visiting Committee of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.


  • For forty-one years in a row, since 1975, Tom has received the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell/LexisNexis, the attorney’s highest possible professional rating, earned through a rigorous peer review process.
  • In 1970 he wrote and delivered a Law Day speech before the Kane County Bar Association in Joliet, Illinois titled, Law – Bridge to Justice, which won the Judge Edward R. Finch Law Day Speech Award from the American Bar Association.
  • In 2014 Tom was one of the recipients of the Inaugural Legacy Circle Award from the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law.
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