Charlie Wysong

partner
F 312.604.2665
Charlie Wysong is a partner with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. He counsels and represents clients on a wide range of legal issues, with a focus on civil rights, labor and employment litigation, whistleblower and qui tam claims, education law, and complex business litigation.

He actively litigates in state and federal court, including appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Illinois Appellate Court, and Illinois Supreme Court. He also represents clients before administrative agencies such as the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Human Rights, and National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Wysong represents whistleblowers in a wide range of insurance fraud, fraud on the government, and other qui tam claims under the federal False Claims Act and similar state laws in courts around the county. His unanimous victory in the Illinois Supreme Courts in State ex rel. Cahill v. Family Vision Care secured the right of whistleblowers to expose and prosecute fraud against private insurance companies under a unique Illinois law.

He also champions civil rights and fights discrimination on behalf of his clients in a range of forums. Mr. Wysong has represented youth and students to secure education services, fight discrimination by youth sports teams, advocate for inclusive practices of students of all gender identities, and in school discipline proceedings at all education levels. He advocates for the housing rights of seniors and has challenged discrimination in public housing and property tax assessment.  He represents women facing employment discrimination by the City of Chicago Fire Department to recover millions of dollars in lost wages and other employees in wage claims, discrimination complaints, and whistleblower actions.

Mr. Wysong also has experience representing clients in complex class and mass actions, including as a member of Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the In re: Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 Crash against Boeing regarding the 737-MAX airplane, counsel for consumers in the corruption litigation against the utility Commonwealth Edison, and representing parties in the opioid MDL litigation and related bankruptcy proceedings.

Mr. Wysong graduated from Stanford Law School and earned a degree in education policy from the Stanford University School of Education. Mr. Wysong also has experience with research on educational equity, workers’ compensation, labor, and workplace safety issues. He received his undergraduate degree in public policy with honors from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Mr. Wysong was a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and worked at Equip for Equality as a Skadden Public Interest Fellow working on disability and education matters.

Mr. Wysong is a member of the Illinois bar.


Education

Stanford Law School (J.D. 2012) — Editor in Chief, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Public Interest Fellow
Stanford School of Education (M.A. 2012)
University of Chicago (B.A. 2008) — Phi Beta Kappa; Prize for Best Public Policy Senior Thesis

Admissions

Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Professional Recognition

Affirming and Inclusive Schools Task Force (appointee of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, 2019)
Included on the Rising Stars list in Illinois by Super Lawyers® (2020-2022)
Selected by Lawdragon 500 as Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyer (2021)

Memberships / Associations

Board Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, Illinois
Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Taxpayers Against Fraud
Member, American Constitution Society
Member, American Civil Liberties Union

Presentations & Publications

“Maximizing Economic Damages: Calculating Tax Gross-Up Awards,” presented to the National Employment Lawyers Association of Illinois (December 2021, with Bryan Wood)
“The Seventh Circuit’s Decision in Hively Signals Protection for Transgender Individuals,” Bench and Bar, published by the Illinois State Bar Association (May 2017).
“Hively Strengthens Federal Gender Identity Discrimination Claims,” The Illinois Employee Advocate, published by the National Employment Lawyers Association/Illinois (May 2017).
Fact or Fiction, Special Education in Charter Schools, National Disability Rights Network Annual Conference (June 2, 2015).
Discipline of Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools, panel discussion at the Discipline In Schools Symposium of the Children’s Legal Rights Journal of Loyola Law School Chicago (Oct. 17, 2014).
Making Courts Matter: Politics and the Implementation of State Supreme Court Decisions, 79 U. CHI. L. REV. 1 (2012) (with Christopher Berry).

Languages

English
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